Creating a sustainable workplace can be pretty easy to do if you’ve got a green team running the show. Green team members aren’t outsiders you bring in to teach workers how to be eco-friendly. They’re actually members of your staff who learn about sustainable practices as a group so they can work together to develop strategies that will make your workplace a sustainable space.
Five ingredients and a little follow through’s all it takes to grow a grassroots green team, according to research. It starts with involvement. If you’re a business owner or manager, send an email to all of your staffers calling for volunteers to form a green team. Here’s the logic: Those who respond care about pitching in and getting involved; those who don’t, don’t. As a business owner or manager, you need to respect that choice. Management and marketing studies show that participation on a green team can’t be a have-to sort of thing. Forcing people to take part on a green team against their will hinders progress. Green teams are self-organized. The folks on the team don’t mind learning about sustainable practices on their own or know a little about them already and are happy to bring this knowledge to work. Those are the kind of people you want on the green team: people who know and care.