Creating a Green Team

As with most things in business, your employees are your greatest resource when it comes to reducing your environmental impact. In most groups of a reasonable size, there's always at least one person that is passionate and committed to making a difference.

This is why we recommend any organisation that’s trying to change their ways forms a ‘green team’ or ‘sustainability team’ or ‘waste warriors’ - whatever you call them, they’re the ones that are going to make your good intentions a reality 9 times out of 10.

At Method we call these people change-makers, and often we find individuals that have nothing to do with recycling or waste management in an organisation approach us for materials to convince their bosses that it’s time to make a difference. So here's how to make the most of a green team in your organisation:

Who should be on the team?

Ideally, a green team should be a handful of people (4-6) from across the business - by location and role. Representation from across the business is important so that they can disseminate the information into their areas.

For example, Samson Corporation has built into their contracts for multi-tenanted buildings that each tenant must have a sustainability rep the communicates changes from the Sustainability Manager at Samson back to their team.

What role do they play?

The green team should create, coordinate and communicate any changes in the business regarding sustainability ie. recycling education, energy efficiency changes etc. This is important as organisations that communicate effectively about sustainability practices are more likely to get employee buy-in and achieve their results.

Get staff involved!

A green team gives staff the chance to get involved and help shape the space that they work in. We’re more likely to recycle at home than in the workplace because at home we have control over our processes and are motivated by the results we see. For example, at home, we know when the bin is filling up faster than usual, at work if often goes unnoticed.

If that’s not convincing enough, having a group dedicated to helping takes work off your plate so that you can focus on the next big thing.

Here are the key takeaways if you’re creating a green team of your own:

  • Start with smaller realistic goals
  • Hold regular catch-ups and assess the success of current plans
  • Work across the business locations and departments
  • Encourage project ownership to keep them engaged
  • Share and celebrate results
  • Make it fun!

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