1. For organizations new to sustainability, S-CORE is a simple but powerful tool for:

    • explaining what sustainability is and how it furthers the organization’s long-term viability.
    • identifying existing sustainability related activity, even if specific projects haven't been labeled as sustainability projects, and
    • prioritizing activities for moving forward. 
  2. For organizations already committed to making their practices more sustainable, S-CORE can be used:

    • as a formal, structured evaluation of how successful they have been to date in incorporating  sustainability thinking into day to day practices throughout the departments and programs.    
    • to benchmark their activities to see where their efforts line up with other similarly committed organizations.    
    • to identify opportunity areas for further integrating sustainability into their operations, programs, and policies .
    • as a way to quickly educate employees, managers, and other key stakeholders, bringing them up to speed and on board with developing more sustainable business practices.
  3. For a membership organization committed to fostering sustainability thinking among its members, S-CORE can be used:    

    •  to benchmark the 'state of the art' in sustainable management among their member organizations.
    • to identify the 'best practices' currently being implemented so that information about these can be widely disseminated.    
    • to identify where organizations have the most need for tools, training, and technical assistance.    
    • to identify the common barriers that may be preventing adoption of more sustainable practices (for example state and federal regulations, policies and  programs that may be unintentionally driving non-sustainable behaviors). 
  4. For a company interested in reaching out to its suppliers or customers, S-CORE can be used to:

    •  explain what sustainability is and how it can benefit all organizations’   bottom lines
    • provide suppliers with criteria and a roadmap for developing more sustainable practices.
    • provide customers with information about the company’s sustainability practices.
  5. For a community interested in reaching out to key businesses and institutions,  S-CORE can be used:

    • a. to assess common business practices with sector specific components.
    • b.    as a ready-to-use tool in a locally sponsored sustainability challenge program to help get the conversation started with the participants.
  6. For a group of communities in a region, S-CORE can be used:

    • for inter-community assessment where comparing the results can allow for understanding local and regional progress, best practices, barriers and needs for technical assistance.