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Green Team Top 10 – #8 Educational Events

Thursday, February 23rd, 2012

Dani GlaserA Green Team is a group of motivated staff, representative of ALL organizational disciplines that learn and work together to improve the organization’s environmental impact, reduce costs, and create a healthier place to work. In this series, we will explore the top ten essential components of a successful Green Team program.

8.  Educational Events

Hosting educational events is a great way to increase knowledge and awareness about sustainability among staff and stakeholders.  Start a “Lunch & Learn” series where experts are invited to speak to the group about pertinent topics.  Staff can bring their own lunch or the company can provide it.  Coordinate themed events with Green Team campaigns such as an “Electronic Waste Day” or a “Green Your Commute Day”.  Hold a Green Fair around Earth Day and invite local vendors and non-profit groups to participate.  Friendly competitions between different departments or office locations are another fun way to increase awareness and motivate behavior. Continue Reading »

Green Team Top 10 – #7 Communicate Widely

Tuesday, February 21st, 2012

Dani GlaserA Green Team is a group of motivated staff, representative of ALL organizational disciplines that learn and work together to improve the organization’s environmental impact, reduce costs, and create a healthier place to work. In this series, we will explore the top ten essential components of a successful Green Team program.

7.  Communicate Widely

Communicate Green Team activities and successes using a variety of vehicles such as email, websites, blogs and newsletters.  If staff does not have email access, post notices in break rooms or set up a centralized “White Board”.  Adding a web page to your company website is a great way to showcase the Green Team’s efforts and engage staff.  This can include a listing of member names, current campaigns, green tips, pledge cards, meeting calendars and a place to submit “green ideas”.  Prominently feature the Green Team logo on the website.  If appropriate, set up a Facebook Page or Group for your Green Team.  After the first year, an annual sustainability report can be issued to demonstrate your organization’s commitment and successful actions to the public. Continue Reading »

Green Team Top 10 – #6 Brand the Green Team

Wednesday, February 15th, 2012

Dani GlaserA Green Team is a group of motivated staff, representative of ALL organizational disciplines that learn and work together to improve the organization’s environmental impact, reduce costs, and create a healthier place to work. In this series, we will explore the top ten essential components of a successful Green Team program.

6. Brand the Green Team

Brand the Green Team by creating a logo and tagline that blends the business identity and sustainability mission.  The logo and tagline should be engaging and highly visible, appearing on all Green Team communications and media vehicles.  A great way to engage the entire organization about your green efforts is to hold a logo contest. Announce the winner at an organization-wide meeting.  Reward the winner by publicizing their name on the company website or offer an incentive such as “lunch with the company president”. Continue Reading »

LANDLORDS & TENANTS: BRIDGING THE GREEN GAP IN COMMERCIAL OFFICE BUILDINGS

Monday, September 13th, 2010

iStock_000004705569Medium“My landlord doesn’t recycle so we throw everything in the trash.”  “It’s freezing in my office during the summer so I use my space heater”.  “It’s too hot in the winter so we open the windows”.  “We have no control over any building operations so it’s hard to be green.”

Sound familiar?  These common complaints from tenants resonate in office buildings throughout the country.

Similarly, as building owners are investing in sustainable initiatives such as energy and water efficiency and recycling, they want to be sure that tenants are behaving responsibly by turning off unnecessary lighting/equipment and related actions that impact building performance.

Rather than playing the “blame-game” (never productive), it is important that landlords and tenants understand where each side is coming from and communicate with each other about their sustainability goals. Continue Reading »

Municipal Green Teams – A Case Study

Thursday, July 15th, 2010

logo small copyIn the spring of 2009, Green Team Spirit began working with the Town of Cortlandt, NY to help them plan and implement a sustainability strategy in accordance with their mission:

Sustainable Cortlandt Mission Statement – To protect and enhance the quality of life of our residents and the unique environment of our area by establishing programs and policies which integrate sustainability into Town governance and planning, at the same time we want to encourage and enable Town residents and businesses to adopt sustainable practices.

With full commitment by the town supervisor and board, we embarked on a holistic approach that touched every person in town government. By nature, most municipalities are department/division driven and there are few occasions for cross-functional collaboration.  In contrast, the implementation of a sustainability plan relies on cross-functional collaboration, so we set out to learn how each department functioned in order to seek common solutions toward a sustainable Cortlandt. Continue Reading »

Big Hairy Audacious Goal – BHAG

Saturday, June 5th, 2010

SolutionsLabsYes, a BHAG.  The naysayers can say nay all they want but setting a “reach for the stars” goal can spur innovative ideas to drive your organization toward sustainability.  I participated in the GREEN INNOVATION IN BUSINESS SOLUTIONS LAB in New York City on May 21st.  The room was filled with wonderful people who came together to collaborate on ideas to MOVE business along the path of sustainability.  At the end of the day, groups were tasked with coming up with a solution… and I was lucky enough to be in the BHAG group!  Beth Trask, Deputy Director of the EDF Innovation Exchange wrote a great blog about our group’s innovative ideas.  Beth writes… Continue Reading »

Greener Board Meetings – Get On Board!

Monday, March 22nd, 2010

King Penguin MeetingIn discussions with corporate, municipal and non-profit businesses, a common complaint is the amount of paper and time that goes into creating Board Packets.  I learned of one board that meets bi-monthly, has 40+ members and each board packet contains an average of 100 pieces of paper.  Think about all of the boards out there… school boards, government boards, corporate boards, non-profit boards, hospital boards… it’s endless.  AND think of all of the paper, printing, collating, stapling and shipping that is required to get these packets into member’s hands.  THERE MUST BE A BETTER WAY! Continue Reading »

GREEN TEAMS & HOTELS – A PERFECT FIT!

Wednesday, February 3rd, 2010

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The number one recommendation from the American Hotel and Lodging Association to green a hotel is to form a GREEN TEAM. Hotels provide an ideal setting for green teamwork, influencing internal operations, vendors, guests and the community at large. But starting a GREEN TEAM can be easier said than done. Who should be on it? What is the structure? Who is in charge? Who is accountable? How does the team know what to do? Continue Reading »

Westchester Green Business Challenge

Saturday, December 19th, 2009

logos designs 5The recently launched Westchester County Climate Change & Sustainability program asks every resident, business, government and school to strive to reduce its “carbon footprint” by 20 percent by 2015 and 80 percent by 2050.

As a member of the planning team for the Business Sector portion of the Westchester Action Plan, our goal was to develop a program that would motivate as many businesses as possible to move on the path toward sustainability and ultimately lower their green house gas emissions in accordance with the county goal. Continue Reading »

Greening & Rethinking the Holidays at Work

Saturday, December 5th, 2009

Compressed waste paperAre there ways to show clients that you care without adding to the waste-stream?

Karen Wells, Senior Consultant and Partner at Wells-Canning & Associates (Vahalla, NY) certainly thinks so. This year, instead of mailing paper cards to their long list of clients, WCA will be sending e-cards. And, in the true spirit of giving, WCA has carefully matched charities to receive donations in each of their client’s names.

“We put a great deal of thought into selecting charities that reflect the personal mission of each client and we feel that it is the most meaningful gift that we can give them.” Continue Reading »