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Which non-profit will win a Green Team Spirit Green-Makeover?

Thursday, October 4th, 2012

We are delighted to have four amazing non-profit organizations participating in the Green Team Spirit Gives Back Contest! They are: Habitat for Humanity-Westchester, Cerebral Palsy of Westchester, Sisters of the Divine Compassion and the YWCA of Yonkers. Continue Reading »

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 »

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 »

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 »