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Community Swap – a great way to REUSE

Wednesday, September 5th, 2012

On September 22nd, the Town of Cortlandt is holding a Community Swap.  Although a new name, this is their 3rd year holding this event.  It is astounding to watch all of the items come in… and all of the items go out.  Nothing goes to the landfill or incinerator. Instead, these items are enjoyed by new families in the community.

According to EPA, 250 million tons of waste were generated in the US in 2010, with each person creating 4.4 pounds of waste per day. Reusing keeps materials out of the waste stream and requires less energy and waste than new manufacturing or recycling because it doesn’t need to be reprocessed. Continue Reading »

Are We Entering the Post Green Team Era?

Tuesday, September 4th, 2012

This important question was posed in the EDF + Business Blog by Deputy Director, Beth Trask.

The question begins with, “Are we on a path that moves us beyond volunteer green teams onto one in which sustainability is so deeply embedded into corporate culture, goals and business practices that every job is a “green job”?  Or is employee engagement just another “to do” for already over-stretched sustainability teams?”

You can read the complete post here. Continue Reading »

Green Team Top – #10 Continually Improve

Wednesday, March 7th, 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.

10. Continually Improve

The journey toward sustainability is an ongoing process and there is always room for improvement.  Continually monitor the plans to ensure that goals are being met and be ready to make adjustments for any obstacles.  Build this discussion into the monthly Green Team meeting agenda. Seek input from the Green Team, staff and stakeholders as an integral part of this evolving process. Continue Reading »

GREEN TEAM TOP 10 – #9 Celebrate Success!

Wednesday, February 29th, 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.

9. Celebrate Success!

Leadership recognition of the Green Team’s efforts and accomplishments lends credibility and publicly demonstrates respect for the program. This also serves to encourage others to participate. Publishing information that demonstrates reduced costs, improved efficiency, and enhanced environmental performance promotes accountability and information sharing. Acknowledge and reward staff that has shown great participation, initiative and creativity.  Consider rewards related to sustainability such as a CSA membership (local farm produce share), a green gift basket of cleaning/personal products, or a bottle of organic wine.  Plan a company or community event such as a Green Fair to create awareness and share your commitment to sustainability with the public. Continue Reading »

Green Drinks Westchester @Sweet Grass Grill

Wednesday, February 29th, 2012

 

Sweet Grass Grill, Tarrytown, NY

2/28/12 – Green Drinks Westchester returned to the Sweet Grass Grill and it was a wonderful evening! Our host, restaurant owner David Starkey (who also owns Tomatillo in Dobbs Ferry) served delicious samplings from his menu of locally raised food. Thank you David!!

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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 »

Westchester Green Business Challenge Webinar

Wednesday, February 15th, 2012

The Direct Financial Benefits to Reducing Your Carbon Footprint & First Steps (2/9/12)

Introduction by Dani Glaser of Green Team Spirit (representing the Westchester Green Business Challenge)
Presenter – Marc Karell, Climate Change & Environmental Services

The webinar shared some of the basics of climate change, the 9 purely business reasons to go “green”, and prudent initial steps in establishing a program that have been shown to better ensure success and maximum financial benefits in reducing one’s carbon footprint.

The Westchester Green Business Challenge, is a partnership of Westchester County Government and the Business Council of Westchester focused on helping all Westchester County businesses on the path to sustainability.

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 »

Green Team Top 10 – #5 Assess for Success!

Monday, February 13th, 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.

5. Assess for Success!

Before beginning the first Green Team campaign, it is important to assess current performance and behaviors that impact sustainability in your workplace. Green Team Spirit Assess™ tools are designed to help you benchmark your current activities and performance as it relates to energy, water, waste, purchasing, and transportation.  Spreadsheet and survey tools make it easy for the Green Team to gather this critical data to run a well-informed campaign with clear, measurable reduction goals and strategies. The Green Team can serve as ambassadors in the Assessment process by conducting in person surveys, gathering information, and encouraging coworkers to participate in the audit. Continue Reading »