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10 A Guidebook for Sustainability Performance Measurement for Transportation Agencies Chapter 3 Getting Organized: Setting Yourself Up for Success A phased approach to Before diving in to the actual tasks of defining performance developing measures, it's important to make sure that you are well sustainability organized, the people you will need to get the job done are performance measures involved, and your working group and managers have a common involves defining what understanding of where you're beginning and what you want to you want to accomplish and understanding accomplish. where you are starting This chapter discusses the usefulness of a phased approach to from. The approach to developing sustainability performance measures and provides a sustainability performance few questions that will help you assess where you're starting measurement should from. evolve over time. UNDERSTAND WHY YOU ARE DOING THIS Before you begin, it's useful to define what you want to accomplish with the sustainability performance measurement system. A discussion with key managers and partners can help clarify your primary purpose(s) and what you have to work with to get there. Some questions to consider include What do you want to accomplish by using sustainability performance measurement? For example, do you want to reduce long-term costs? Build public support? Address energy consumption? Respond to regulatory requirements? Clarifying your reasons for tracking sustainability progress will help you design an effective approach. In what phase(s) of decision making do you want to use sustainability performance measurement? For example, are you most interested in integrating sustainability