Set up a Green Team
There is no reason to do this work alone. Talk with your office supervisor and get buy-in for you to set up a Green Team that can work on some of these ideas. Being able to implement them will be much easier with a team that can share the efforts.
Running a Successful Green Team
- Get Leadership buy-in.
- Start small, Celebrate the success.
- Hold meetings on a regular basis (One hour once a month - or what works for you).
- Set an agenda. Use the time well.
- Set up mutual accountability - It's easy to set goals, but encourage each other to achieve them.
- Work on issues across departments, divisions, offices. Collaborate with other Green Teams.
- Involve Building Services when appropriate. You may want to set an office policy specific to cardboard. It would be a good idea to include Building Services so they know not to accidentally place something where you didn't want it.
- Focus on a different sustainability topic each month.
- Make it Fun. The Climate Crisis is serious stuff - but we humans work best when we enjoy what we're doing - Take a field trip around the lakes, Try some new foods, Have a competition.
- Show appreciation - Provide rewards. But avoid the knick-knacks that will just end up in the trash. Give experiences or durable items that can be useful in the office for a long time.
- Communicate - Newsletter, Social media - Send success stories to the Office of Sustainability!