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How To Create a Green Team


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Presentation for CarbonfreeDC by Hermione Phillips, WWF, on How to Create an Office Green Team

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How To Create a Green Team

  1. 1. Green Team 1
  2. 2. Our Mission WWF's mission is the conservation of nature. Using the best available scientific knowledge and advancing that knowledge where we can, we work to preserve the diversity and abundance of life on Earth and the health of ecological systems by • protecting natural areas and wild populations of plants and animals, including endangered species; • promoting sustainable approaches to the use of renewable natural resources; and • promoting more efficient use of resources and energy and the maximum reduction of pollution. • We are committed to reversing the degradation of our planet's natural environment and to building a future in which human needs are met in harmony with nature. We recognize the critical relevance of human numbers, poverty and consumption patterns to meeting these goals. 2
  3. 3. About WWF • One of the largest environmental conservation organizations in the world • Network of 30 independent national organizations • Operates in 60+ countries. • 1.2 million members in the US • 5 million members globally 3
  4. 4. 1250 24th Street 4
  5. 5. Our Dream Green Team Our Green Team is the “voice of green” for our headquarters office. All team members are volunteers from various parts of the organization that: • have a passion for greening in and out of the workplace or • want to learn more about what WWF is doing to minimize our environmental footprint. 5
  6. 6. Getting things Started • Do your homework! • Determine the intent • Engage decision makers or those who help support the decision makers of your organization. 6
  7. 7. Who should I talk to? • Property Manager • Office Manager • IT • Purchasing • Department supervisor • Everyone… Talk to Your colleagues! 7
  8. 8. Communication • Be open & welcome change! • Email Distribution “Green Team” • Electronic Boards “Pandapedia” • Weekly Announcements – Green Tips • Intranet 8
  9. 9. What Can I Recycle? Paper Products Batteries Aluminum, Steel & ALL Plastic Tin Cans Brown, Green & Clear Glass Light Bulbs Techno Trash Ink and Toner Cartridges 9
  10. 10. Simple Rules for Recycling #1 Reuse-Reuse-Reuse #2 Clean to avoid contamination #3 Put it in its place! #4 Ask Questions 10
  11. 11. Guide to Basic Recycling • ONLY PAPER • Examples: white or color paper, sticky notes, glossy or coated Paper paper, magazines, newspapers or clean cardboard, (stapled items accepted) • NO used paper towels or napkins • Clean plastic, cans, all clear and color glass bottles • Examples: yogurt containers, plastic food trays (frozen, or deli Mixed style), plastic bags, plastic utensils, plastic drinking Recyclables cups, aluminum, tin and steel cans. • NO dirty plastics, tinfoil, food wrappers • Non-Recyclable Items • Examples: used paper towels or napkins, tinfoil or other Trash miscellaneous food wrappers, food, biodegradable plates cups and utensils. 11 • NO recyclable items
  12. 12. Battle of the Temperature Standards •Set a thermostat temperature range and educate users. •Program the turn-on and turn-off times. Sourcing •Install a programmable thermostat. Behavior •Communicate. •Dress in layers. 12
  13. 13. Thermostat Control- SUMMER Setting Minimum airflow for warm up. 76 Degrees Duct heaters are OFF during summer. 73 Degrees Maximum airflow for full cooling. 70 Degrees Got more questions? Go to the home page! 13
  14. 14. Thermostat Control- WINTER Setting Minimum airflow with electronic 76 Degrees duct heaters for warm up. 73 Degrees Maximum airflow with electronic 70 Degrees duct heaters OFF for cooling. Got more questions? Go to the home page! 14
  15. 15. Catering & Meals in and out of the Office •Ditch the water bottles •Skip the single serve; hello bulk •Brown bag it •Buy local •Go meatless 15
  16. 16. Your Hot and Your Cold! Standards •Turn down your water thermostat •Use cold water in lieu of hot water whenever possible Behavior Try using cold water to…. •Wash your hands •Clean the dishes •Cleaning around the house •Run the dishwasher 16
  17. 17. Greening with IT Standards • Turn monitor off when not in use. • Shut down your computer and monitor nightly. Sourcing • Use blade servers - 40% less power than traditional servers. Behavior • Unplug items that do not require energy 24/7. 17
  18. 18. Travel Tips Standards •Monitor travel miles •Fly less and fly when it’s absolutely needed Sourcing •Virtual meetings •Offset carbon footprint Behavior •Pack light 18
  19. 19. Commuter Information Standards/ Sourcing/ Behavior •Provide secure bicycle parking for bicycle commuters •Provide lockers and showers for bicyclists and pedestrians •Offer a pretax deduction for Metrochek for transit riders •Provide shuttle service to-and-from nearby Metro Stations 19
  20. 20. Paper – Paper Read All About It! Standards • Printing – Double side everything! Printers & Copiers • Thanks but no thanks. Sourcing • Purchase paper that has recycled content…. 100% Preferred • Comes from a sustainable forest. FSC is highly recommended. Behavior • Think Twice- Does this reeeally need to be printed? 20
  21. 21. Contact Information World Wildlife Fund 1250 24th St. NW Washington DC 20037 Hermione Phillips, LEED AP Facilities Manager 202.495.4582 21