Clark County Green Business has officially launched its green team workshop series! The first event, Forming and Managing a Green Team, welcomed three panelists who answered questions about creating values statements and setting goals. A speed networking segment of the event gave attendees a chance to meet and learn from a multitude of different businesses across the Portland metropolitan area. Read on for more details on how you can form and manage a green team.
What is a green team?
A green team is a core group of employees at your business, who are passionate about sustainable behavior and improving your workplace. Green teams routinely meet, organize and implement green initiatives, host community engagement events, and forge environmental success. Green teams work best when they have the support of management, and management benefits by increased cost savings and employee engagement opportunities. At large organizations, having green team members representing different departments within the organization is important for assuring everyone's voice is being heard. To form a green team, we suggest you have approval from management, a values statement, a list of big and small goals, and structure.
Values statements are a wonderful way to identify how your green team benefits your organization. They inspire and guide your team to stay on track to meet goals. Values statements can be used to show management why having a green team is important.
Consider including the following benefits in your values statement:
After defining your values statement, the next step is to start organizing your goals. Setting small goals as steppingstones for larger goals is important for making continuous progress. Celebrating goals and outlining ways to move forwards after a setback is also important for team morale.
When making goals, ask yourself the following:
Managing a Green Team
Creating a safe space in your meetings for sharing ideas and valuing creative input is key for evolving your team. Keeping meetings short and interactive increases productivity and engagement. Perhaps, try working meetings where a portion of your meeting is dedicated to getting things done!
A green team manager should:
Follow this green team guide for more ways on how to form and launch a green team. We would like to extend a huge thank you to our panelists who presented at this event; Kayla Brown from Jacobs, Lindsay Raymond the owner of Barre3 in Felida, and Sally Hurst representing Wafertech.
The second event in the green team workshop series will be about waste prevention. Waste Connections' Danielle Womble will present valuable information on how to run a waste audit, prevent recycling contamination, and reduce waste at your organization. It will take place on April 14 at 8:30am. Register on our event page, we hope to see you there!