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http://www.sustainabilityconsulting.com/extra-resources/become-a-sustainability-champion-at-any-career-level.html Have you ever felt as if your position on the business ladder hinders you from ...

http://www.sustainabilityconsulting.com/extra-resources/become-a-sustainability-champion-at-any-career-level.html Have you ever felt as if your position on the business ladder hinders you from achieving sustainability within the organization? Or that you cannot voice a green idea because of your career level? If so, we have a new set of slides to show you how you can be a major sustainability force, regardless of your position.

The myth exists that only those in powerful positions can make a change. But the truth is that while change might also need to be enacted by those in higher positions of power, it can only be successful if everyone participates. That means that individuals in middle management and entry level positions are as equally important as CEOs when it comes to greening the organization. This is where the concept of building a green team becomes vital.

Our “Become a Sustainability Champion: At Any Career Level” slides provide a great summary and overview of the complete white paper that can be downloaded on our site. Pair the two together and you have a great set of materials to spread the word in your own organization. These slides will help guide you not only in putting a green team together, but how to be a successful team as well. Alongside this concept, you will also learn about communicating sustainability ideas, raising awareness office-wide, making sustainable changes to your daily routine, and rewarding sustainability.

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  • BECOME A SUSTAINABILITYCHAMPION:At Any Career LevelSSC White Paper
  • Become a SustainabilityChampionThis presentation provides a summary of the white paper Become aSustainability Champion: At Any Career Level , which provides anoverview of what employees at any business level can do to worktoward sustainability. www.sustainabilityconsulting.com Copyright © 2012, Strategic Sustainability Consulting. All rights reserved.
  • Become a SustainabilityChampionThe white paper provides you with the resources needed to makesustainability an integral part of your business plan by providinginformation on: Forming a green team Proper communication of sustainability issues Working to improve office and energy waste Sustainable purchasing Taking on sustainability goals Rewarding sustainability Sustainable buildingsDownload this complimentary white paper to learn more! www.sustainabilityconsulting.com Copyright © 2012, Strategic Sustainability Consulting. All rights reserved.
  • Alternatives to Top-Down Change
  • Alternatives to Top-DownChangeAt many companies, CEOs andboards are concerned about theoverall financial state of thecompany, but they tend to missthe everyday money-savers thatcould be fixed with a little„greening.‟ But if no one speaksup about issues, how are they toever know a change is necessary?Speaking with superiors and peersabout office changes you believewould can aid the office as awhole are crucial in reachingsustainability in the workplace. www.sustainabilityconsulting.com Copyright © 2012, Strategic Sustainability Consulting. All rights reserved.
  • Alternatives to Top-DownChange The importance of “complaining”  It is important to bring nuisances The peanut butter company up to your boss. ConAgra lost $66 million  Most of the time these „nuisances‟ due to a minor sanitation are actually sustainability issues. issue which grew into salmonella outbreak.  By offering constructive criticism This could have been an you are offering your company easy fix had an employee the ability to achieve more. pointed out a hole in the roof to their superior!  But don‟t forget to backup your ideas! www.sustainabilityconsulting.com Copyright © 2012, Strategic Sustainability Consulting. All rights reserved.
  • Alternatives to Top-DownChangeComplaining, however, is not the only route. It is equally as importantto share ideas that could aid your company as a whole. Don‟t be afraidto discuss new ideas or innovations with your superiors! www.sustainabilityconsulting.com Copyright © 2012, Strategic Sustainability Consulting. All rights reserved.
  • Alternatives to Top-DownChange Create a green team  Kirsch defines a green team as, “A team together that has a common interest in bringing out the best in a company by moving toward sustainability.”  By uniting like-minded people who are passionate about the environment, employees can increase the sense of community as well as employee engagement in the company. www.sustainabilityconsulting.com Copyright © 2012, Strategic Sustainability Consulting. All rights reserved.
  • Alternatives to Top-DownChangeTips for Building a Successful TeamTo learn more download Become a Sustainability Champion here! Make green Communicate Be inclusive. goals part of Make it fun! appropriately. the job. Choose Bigger is projects better for Stay focused. wisely. green teams. www.sustainabilityconsulting.com Copyright © 2012, Strategic Sustainability Consulting. All rights reserved.
  • Alternatives to Top-DownChangeReflect on personal habits thatcould be changed for the sakeof sustainability as well.Consider taking on a “PersonalSustainability Project” (PSP) andencourage those around you todo the same. Some plausiblePSPs include recycling, cuttingdown on paper use, andconserving energy.Download, “Become ASustainability Champion: At AnyCareer Level” to learn more. www.sustainabilityconsulting.com Copyright © 2012, Strategic Sustainability Consulting. All rights reserved.
  • Meeting in the Middle
  • Meeting in the Middle Middle management is very important to the sustainability of a company. It is vital that those fulfilling positions at this level are aware of and open to both employee and customer criticisms. www.sustainabilityconsulting.com Copyright © 2012, Strategic Sustainability Consulting. All rights reserved.
  • Meeting in the Middle Being a Good Listener  Those in positions below you Ask yourself: should feel as if they can come to you with criticism. Am I listening to employee complaints, comments, and Never avoid complaints– they  suggestions? may save you money!  Rather, view complaints as Do I run away from criticism? opportunities Do I ignore suggestions?  Outside sources may see your „blind spots‟ www.sustainabilityconsulting.com Copyright © 2012, Strategic Sustainability Consulting. All rights reserved.
  • Meeting in the Middle Sustainable Purchasing  Consider not only what products you are purchasing but also, from whom.  Try buying locally, renting machinery, or looking for green certified companies.  Look for products that reduce waste and recycle what products you can when you are finished with them.  Also, monitor „wasteful rooms‟ Don‟t forget about recycling your (the lounge, kitchen, or break E-waste! room) as another way of cutting down on waste. www.sustainabilityconsulting.com Copyright © 2012, Strategic Sustainability Consulting. All rights reserved.
  • Meeting in the Middle Conserving Energy  Many companies are now making the effort to turn off electronics when they are not in use  This includes photocopiers, computers, printers, fax machines, and refrigerators.  Upgrading to more efficient machinery, while recycling the old, can save a company hundreds of dollars in energy consumption. www.sustainabilityconsulting.com Copyright © 2012, Strategic Sustainability Consulting. All rights reserved.
  • Meeting in the Middle Tips for Greening Your BusinessReducing Waste Energy Water Efficiency Travel Product Life- Efficiency CycleReduce office Conduct an Reduce and Encourage Understand yourwaste energy audit conserve water alternate impact transportationCreate a Lower your Install efficient Green your fleet Design for therecycle-reuse energy needs water fixtures environmentcommunityRent equipment Equip with Reuse water Make your Reuse any efficiency meetings matter excess www.sustainabilityconsulting.com Copyright © 2012, Strategic Sustainability Consulting. All rights reserved.
  • Meeting in the MiddleOther than taking the initiativeto green up theoffice, encourage others tofollow your lead. Make beingsustainable a rewardingexperience and show youremployees you appreciate theirparticipation.Download, “Become ASustainability Champion: At AnyCareer Level” to learn more. www.sustainabilityconsulting.com Copyright © 2012, Strategic Sustainability Consulting. All rights reserved.
  • Leading from the Top
  • Leading from the TopIt does not take power and money to make greenchanges at a company, but it does take power and aleadership role to integrate sustainability into acompanys business model and organizationalculture.If you want to be a leader in your business sectorconsider being a leader in sustainability as a way tomake it to the top. www.sustainabilityconsulting.com Copyright © 2012, Strategic Sustainability Consulting. All rights reserved.
  • Leading from the TopTry leading by your ownexample, asking yourself: What messages am I sending employees? What am I doing to motivate my employees to be sustainable? What types of goals am I setting for them? Am I getting feedback from my employees regularly on these goals? www.sustainabilityconsulting.com Copyright © 2012, Strategic Sustainability Consulting. All rights reserved.
  • Leading from the TopSustainability is not a one timefix. Thus, sustainability goalsmust work with the business‟smain goals.Integrate sustainability into allaspects of the business plan andbe sure not to isolate it as aseparate entity. www.sustainabilityconsulting.com Copyright © 2012, Strategic Sustainability Consulting. All rights reserved.
  • Leading from the Top Eight Tips to Get a Sustainability Project Going 1. Look at the big picture to identify your company‟s greatest impacts. 2. Land some quick wins first. 3. Be authentic. 4. Develop internal partners. 5. Engage your stakeholders. 6. Engage employees. 7. Develop a communications strategy. 8. Develop a long-term strategy. www.sustainabilityconsulting.com Copyright © 2012, Strategic Sustainability Consulting. All rights reserved.
  • Leading from the Top Remember to set sustainability goals that your entire company Create a North Star goal which is: can follow and that will affect Aspirational your bottom line. Optimistic Long-term Make this goal attainable. Strengthening Discuss how it can be achieved To learn more download Become a by meeting frequently with Sustainability Champion! employees at all levels. www.sustainabilityconsulting.com Copyright © 2012, Strategic Sustainability Consulting. All rights reserved.
  • Leading from the Top Employing a sustainability consultant is another great way to integrate sustainability into your bottom line. They will be able to find where your company is wasting time and money. SSC hasJoin us consultants nationwide foron the this very purpose! web! www.sustainabilityconsulting.com Copyright © 2012, Strategic Sustainability Consulting. All rights reserved.
  • Leading from the Top The Benefits of Integrating SustainabilityLower cost through reduced resource use. Reduced risk of backlash.Increased access to new locations by Capitol investments in more efficientcommunity outreach. infrastructure, saving money and resources.A more healthy, less wasteful, less toxic, and Monetizing resource use reductions bymore pleasant workplace. trading greenhouse gas credits or selling waste materials.Providing input to business units at planning Turning waste streams into revenue streams.stations to design for financial andenvironmental efficiency.Modeling all of the energy and materials flow Studying the life cycle of the value chain.in and out of a business. www.sustainabilityconsulting.com Copyright © 2012, Strategic Sustainability Consulting. All rights reserved.
  • Leading from the Top Encourage a Green Team  Set a North Star goal with them.  Set a goal that is innovative, strategic, and attainable.  Consider the team‟s leader, integration of goals into the job, the team‟s budget, and the various roles that team members fulfill. www.sustainabilityconsulting.com Copyright © 2012, Strategic Sustainability Consulting. All rights reserved.
  • Leading from the Top Green Your Building by Updating:  Windows  Lighting  Water Sources  Heating/Cooling Systems  Waste Systems When constructing a new building, be sure that materials support sustainability goals. www.sustainabilityconsulting.com Copyright © 2012, Strategic Sustainability Consulting. All rights reserved.
  • Leading from the TopAll executive managers have theopportunity to aid in companysustainability plans. It isimportant to do more than just seta goal– enforcing these goals iskey to sustainability survival. Besure that when a sustainableinitiative is enacted, it‟s progressis checked frequently. www.sustainabilityconsulting.com Copyright © 2012, Strategic Sustainability Consulting. All rights reserved.
  • Leading from the TopAs an individual in a higherposition, it is critical that youmonitor the messages you sendyour employees. Alignment of the„talk‟ with the „walk‟ is criticallyimportant to building asustainable environment in theworkplace.Download, “Become ASustainability Champion: At AnyCareer Level” to learn more. www.sustainabilityconsulting.com Copyright © 2012, Strategic Sustainability Consulting. All rights reserved.
  • Concluding Thoughts
  • Concluding ThoughtsWhen integrating sustainability into the workplace, your careerposition is not a hindrance. You can align sustainable conceptsand goals with your company‟s bottom line whether you are aCEO or working at an entry level position. By integratingsustainable concepts rather than making sustainability its ownentity, it becomes an attainable goal rather than a far off dream. www.sustainabilityconsulting.com Copyright © 2012, Strategic Sustainability Consulting. All rights reserved.
  • Become a SustainabilityChampionThis white paper will show you just how to do so! It will also help youunderstand sustainability efforts that you can make and specific plansfor developing a sustainability goal for your business. Become aSustainability Champion: At Any Career Level will provide you with theresources needed to take action. www.sustainabilityconsulting.com Copyright © 2012, Strategic Sustainability Consulting. All rights reserved.
  • Download the complimentary white paper in it‟sentirety by visiting the SSC website today:Become a Sustainability Champion:At Any Career LevelWhat are your thoughts? Join theconversation on twitter @jenniferwoofter!