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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



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 »


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 »

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 »

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 »