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Presentation to CarbonfreeDC by the DC Dept of Environment on Building an Office Green Team. Presented by Mary Lynn Wilhere

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DDOE Building Your Green Team DDOE Building Your Green Team Presentation Transcript

  • Building A Green Team
  • How do we start?
    • Get senior level support (Owner, President) and make it known throughout your organization/company that you have this support.
    • Recruit team members.
    • Evaluate what environmental practices are already in place. Are you in compliance?
    • Facility manager – person who handles heating, cooling, maintenance, parking lots.
    • Purchasing decision-maker
    • If you lease, ask your commercial property manager to participate in some way.
    • Representatives from each department.
    • Designate one person to coordinate.
    Team Members?
    • Don’t assume anything—walk around. Check stormwater outflows, hazardous waste (fluorescent lighting), fleets, waste, energy use? Dumpster dive!
  • Environmental Policy Statement
    • Look at other company’s environmental policies as examples.
    • Write it down and frame it, put it in the lobby where customers can see it.
    • Post it on your website.
    • Inform your employees.
    • Don’t bury it in a book, post it where staff and your customers an be reminded of it on a regular basis.
    • Conduct a short in-house training on environmental aspects and impacts for team.
    • Regulatory requirements vs. voluntary best practices. 10% vs. 90%
    • DDOE can help with basic best practices and direct you to help for specific sectors.
    Write an Environmental Plan
    • Keep it simple – recommend 10 steps or practices.
    • Take notes of your meeting and share with the staff.
    • Don’t try to do everything; people will get “tired” – the deadly green fatigue .
  • What’s in the Plan? Recycling Waste reduction Energy efficiency retrofits Reduce water consumption Stormwater Best Management Practices Green purchasing Materials substitution Purchase renewable energy Environmental compliance E-cycling “ Green meetings” Carbon offsets Green roof IPM/landscaping
  • Measure
    • Track your data (gallons, kilowatts, btus, miles). Energy efficiency expressed as GHGs reduced.
    • Track the difference – show that your efforts help the “bottom line” of the company.
    • Reduce risk, reduce costs, save money $$$.
  • Share your story
    • Write a case study – good or bad
    • Post it on the website
    • Network with similar business types facing similar pollution/waste issues. “ You don’t need to reinvent the wheel.”
    • Apply for an award – Mayor’s Environmental Excellence Awards
  • Questions? Comments? Contact: Mary Lynn Wilhere Business Outreach Office of the Director Government of the District of Columbia District Department of the Environment 51 N Street, NE, 6th Floor Washington, DC  20002 Office: 202-535-1939 [email_address] www.green.dc.gov