Green Teams - Laurie Sabol, Tufts University

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Presentation delivered at MassRecycle's 4th Annual Green Office / Green Facility Conference, Bentley University, June 15, 2010. Get invited to next year’s conference by signing up to MassRecycle’s free email newsletter at www.massrecycle.org.

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  • Program is very transferable to any organization Brown bag identified paper recycling, computer use and task lighting as important Show proposal/working doc Approved to begin July 09 Who is on the team? –liaisons with depts
  • Example of survey results and PPT
  • Green Teams - Laurie Sabol, Tufts University

    1. 1. The Tisch Library  Sustainability Team Laurie Sabol Laurie.sabol@tufts.edu June 15, 2010 
    2. 2. How we came to be • My background and interest in recycling • Workplace observations • Genuine support from management • Fall 08  Tufts Eco‐Ambassador program  (http://sustainability.tufts.edu/?pid=10) • Jan 09  Hosted staff brown bag about EA  program • Feb 09  Approached management team with  proposal to form a task force • July 09  Became an official team
    3. 3. The team’s goals Mission was originally specific to staff • To promote ideas for preventing or reducing  the amount of materials that are either  recycled or put into the trash  • To make it easy to recycle as much material as  possible • To promote energy saving practices
    4. 4. The team’s projects • Wiki (Google Tisch sustainability wiki) • Moving from PS bottled water to filtration system • Encouraging behavior changes at work and home • Mug swap • BYOP at social events • Designed Twelve green days of the holiday season • Developed survey and info session at Earth Day  celebration • Advocated for duplex as default for public printers • Brought composting to the library • Revised building tour to include recycling facilities and  services
    5. 5. Twelve days example
    6. 6. Recycling survey questions 1. At work I recycle . . . a) What could the Tisch Sustainability Team do to make  it easier for you to recycle at work? 2. At home I recycle . . . 3. I compost . . .  a) If you answered 'no' to any item in the  previous question, please tell us why. 4. If you have project suggestions for the  Sustainability Team please let us know. 
    7. 7. Challenges Benchmarks for success Difficulty  . . . 
    8. 8. What works, what doesn’t • Gentle cajoling and reasoning does; pushiness  doesn’t. • Encouragement does; mandates don’t. • Decision‐makers may want to hear more  about the bottom line rather than the carbon  footprint. • Not all projects are completed in a timely way;  patience is key. 
    9. 9. What was that funny symbol on the Red  Sox uniforms last night?

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