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Form a Green Team to Improve Your Work Environment

Engage and Motivate Employees With a Green Team at Work

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Form a Green Team to Improve Your Work Environment
Copyright Malcolm Romain

To raise employee awareness of opportunities to save energy and contribute to a healthy work environment, form a green team at work. While debate exists about recycling and other aspects of environmentalism, a green team is motivational for employees who want to make a difference in their work environment. Especially, your millennial employees are anxious to make a difference in the world environment. A green team at work fits the bill.

And, the green team may even save energy and time, keep trash out of landfills, opt for reuseable dishes, share books in a library, and more for your work environment. A team is a great way to brainstorm and develop ideas.

Like any other team, a green team is an opportunity to involve your employees and to let your employees learn to work together effectively, develop leadership and team skills, and make a difference in a cause that is near and dear to many employee hearts. A green team sounds like a win for everyone.

20 Ideas to Get Your Green Team Started

Here are 20 ideas to get your green team members started as they brainstorm and implement their own ideas:

  • Keep room temperatures at 68 degrees in the winter and 55 degrees at night.

  • Experiment, because employees have to be comfortable, but use air conditioning with discretion.

  • Turn off your office lights while you attend meetings and at night and over the weekend.

  • Limit the use of space heaters. Ask employees to dress more warmly instead.

  • Recycle cans, bottles, newspapers, and magazines.

  • Limit the use of disposable products at company supplied lunches and events.

  • Put your computer and printer on energy saving settings when you know you'll be away for awhile.

  • Purchase energy efficient appliances for your offices.

  • Turn lights off in restrooms, conference rooms, libraries, and so forth when the room is not in use.

  • Send extra food from company events and lunches home with employees or deliver the food to a local charity rather than throwing it away.

  • Email advisories about how employees can use less paper. Examples include: set printers to duplex by default; print on both sides of paper for internal or personal use documents.

  • Purchase large or refillable containers of creamer, sugar, salt, pepper, and butter instead of individual containers.

  • Suggest lighting changes and use more energy efficient bulbs.

  • Buy all employees a "green team" sweatshirt that they can leave in their offices or cubicles to wear when feeling cold.

  • Evaluate packaging, shipping, and marketing materials to eliminate waste.

  • Ask vendors who supply company lunches not to deliver lunches in individual boxes.

  • Encourage employee car pools. Provide transit discounts to encourage public transportation use.

  • Encourage employees to recycle at home; provide a listing of recycling centers or reuse sites such as Freecycle.com.

  • Donate unwanted cell phones to organizations such as Recellular, Inc. that will recycle, refurbish, and promote reuse to provide funding for charitable and environmental causes.

  • Buy and sell used two-way radios, parts, and equipment at locations such as UsedRadios.com.

Your green team at work is a win for the employer, the employees, and the world environment that sustains us all. Use these ideas to help your green team get started. Your green team is a welcome addition to your empowering, engaging work environment for employees. Don't let an opportunity so simple, yet so demonstrative of corporate social responsibility, pass you by. Form a green team at work.

Thanks to Jennifer Middlin, formerly of Techsmith Corporation for several of these ideas.

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