Green Teams are groups of green-minded co-workers and colleagues that can provide guidance and direction on sustainability initiatives within an organization. Often these teams are loosely formed and their role and responsibilities are not clearly defined. Providing clarity not only motivates the green team but can often help businesses go to the next level with their sustainability initiatives.
The following are possible roles and responsibilities your green team could have within your organization:
Conduct and analyze sustainability assessment/s
Set sustainability priorities and goals
Develop a sustainability project plan
Coordinate, launch and support sub-task teams for sustainability initiatives
Advise on sustainability opportunities and innovations
Track, monitor and analyze sustainability metrics and measures
Address and manage challenges and constraints to the sustainability initiatives
Develop a sustainability communication plan and process
Recommend or provide sustainability education, support and offer advise to other employees
“By engaging employees, companies can spark innovative changes in everyday business processes that save money and reduce environmental and social impacts while also inspiring employees to make sustainable choices at home and in their communities.”
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Acre, an executive search firm that specializes in sustainability and corporate responsibility personnel recently published a report on the evolution of the sustainability professional. The report, The Emergence of the Chief Sustainability Officer, is available free for download from their website.
Acre also provides three sample job descriptions that identify possible role and responsibilities for the following positions:
Creating sustainability within an organization cannot happen with one person, even if a very savvy sustainability
manager or director has been assigned. Because sustainability permeates in all areas of an organization, it is helpful to have a team assigned to assist in the planning process. Identify key staff that have interest and influence in an organization to form a green team committee or task force that will develop the sustainability plan in conjunction with executive management and/or a sustainability director or manager. Ideally, this team should include a representative from each primary area or division of the company. Once the sustainability plan has been developed, this team can also meet on a regular basis to support the organizations green initiatives and address challenges as they arise.
Greenbiz.com has published a few good articles on green teams;