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Green Team Top 10 – #4 Effective Green Team Meetings

Friday, February 10th, 2012

A 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.

4. Effective Green Team Meetings

It is important for the Green Team to set a regular meeting schedule that works best for them, but occurs at least monthly. In between full team meetings, those who are working together on particular initiatives can collaborate as necessary.  Meetings should have a clear agenda that is emailed to the team in advance, seeking input on agenda items.  The Green Team Action Sheet™ is a planning tool that facilitates the discussion of actionable goals by assigning responsibility and setting the timeline and steps to achieve the goal.  Meetings allow team members to learn together and support each other to stay focused on the organization’s sustainability vision. Continue Reading »

Green Team Top 10 – #3 Allow the Team to Warm Up

Wednesday, February 8th, 2012

A 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.

3. Allow the Team to Warm Up

It is likely that this is the first time that this cross-disciplinary group is working together as a company team.  It is important for members to get to know each other and learn what drives each person to participate on the Green Team.  A great way to do this is to hold a Facilitated First Meeting where members share their ideas about being greener at work, as well as what their particular interests and strengths are.  Some might be passionate about eliminating waste and increasing recycling… others may have ideas about switching from paper to electronic communications. This first meeting is a great icebreaker and marks the beginning of working together as an effective group. Continue Reading »

GREEN TEAM TOP 10 – #2 OPEN INVITATION

Monday, February 6th, 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.

2. Open Invitation

An invitation to join the Green Team should be extended to every employee, and to stakeholders if appropriate.  An open invitation will attract those who champion sustainability and are willing to lead the effort.  A Kick-off meeting is a great way for leadership to introduce the program, recruit Green Team members, and encourage representation from all departments and disciplines. Even if they choose not to actively participate on the Green Team, all staff is encouraged to share ideas, participate in initiatives and join the team anytime.

What is your experience?  Challenges? Solutions? Continue Reading »

Green Team Top 10 – #1 Leadership Commitment

Saturday, February 4th, 2012

Dani Glaser

A 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.

1. Leadership Commitment

Without a doubt, the most successful Green Teams have unwavering support from the top!  Leadership is committed to transitioning the organization on a greener path, and welcomes staff to work with them and be part of the solution. Employees interested in an active role on the Green Team are motivated by management’s validation of the importance of the program.  A representative from management should participate on the Green Team and their participation can help to fast track progress. Leadership recognition of the Green Team’s efforts and accomplishments lends credibility and publicly demonstrates respect for the program.

What is your experience?  Challenges? Solutions? Continue Reading »

Green Pom Poms!

Tuesday, October 4th, 2011

Leadership Commitment + Green Team + Engaged Staff = Culture Change

Although movement toward sustainability can occur with any one of these groups, it is the power of all three that provides the foundation for culture change within an organization.  Leadership commitment can accelerate the process significantly.  It takes vision and courage to confront “business as usual” and make changes toward a sustainable future.

Successful leaders in sustainable business: Continue Reading »

Green Team Spirit Launches Joint Green Team Program in 2 Village Governments: Dobbs Ferry and Hastings-on-Hudson, NY

Thursday, March 3rd, 2011

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Green Team Spirit Launches Joint Green Team Program in 2 Village Governments: Dobbs Ferry and Hastings-on-Hudson, NY

CROTON-ON-HUDSON, NY, MARCH 3, 2011 – Green Team Spirit has been contracted by the Villages of Dobbs Ferry and Hastings-on-Hudson, NY to develop municipal Green Team programs for internal government operations.

The program kicked-off on March 1, 2011 at Dobbs Ferry Village Hall where Mayor Connett of Dobbs Ferry, Mayor Swiderski of Hastings-on-Hudson and 18 Village leaders attended a Green Team Leadership Training session led by Dani Glaser. 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 »

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 »