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
Green teams are an important asset to any organization and can be a source of motivation for innovation and business process improvements. According to Greenbiz.com, The National Environmental Education Foundation (NEEF) released a not-too-startling report entitled “The Engaged Organization: Corporate Employee Environmental Education Survey and Case Study Findings” which confirms:
“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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