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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 »

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 »

Podcast: Dani Glaser talks Green Teams on the Radio

Monday, October 11th, 2010

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On Wednesday, 10/6, Dani Glaser was interviewed on Your Triple Bottom Line Radio to talk about Green Teams. Hosts Derrick Mains of GreenNurture and Angelo Fernando of  Public Radius asked some great questions.  Dani is the guest for the first 1/2 hour followed by Dr. Jennie Stephens of Clark University who spoke about sustainable initiatives on campus.  LISTEN HERE: http://bit.ly/your3bl10

Green Drinks Westchester Sept. 28th

Tuesday, October 5th, 2010

Last week was amazing… I am co-organizing Green Drinks Westchester with Lea Cullen Boyer, the Sustainability Coordinator for Westchester County.  80 people showed up for our first event and it was incredible.  Lots of networking, celebrating, reuniting with colleagues and friends.  We’re holding these events on the 4th Tuesday of every month so if you’re in the area, please join us for the next one on October 26th at the Melting Pot of White Plains!  RSVP here.