The understanding that workplaces have an important role to play in moving us towards sustainability is relatively new. Caught up in daily management, most organisations are often too busy to explore the many ways they can do more with less. But consider this: in many cases, using fewer resources can save your organisation money.
Most of us want to be more sustainable and save resources, but taking the first steps down the path to sustainability can be difficult. Many businesses and organisations remain unsure of how to take these vital first steps. Creating or joining committees, ideas groups, and Green Teams to focus on and implement pro-environmental change at work can make a real difference.
While some of the initial actions available to workplaces are easily identified and common to most organisations (for example, reducing use of and recycling paper), the ongoing support and success of these programs relies on the commitment of the people behind them. We’re all teachers and we’re all learners and together we can achieve big things.
In general, the Moira Shire Council Green Team plan and implement programs that include many of the following aims:
- to work with management to set goals for environmental improvement, along with incremental steps toward these goals;
- to educate and raise staff awareness of the environmental impact of their workplace and the work done in it (e.g. include environmental component in staff induction process, internally brand sustainability programs, etc.);
- to explore and develop sustainable alternatives to these environmental impacts of the workplace (e.g. develop priorities list of sustainable initiatives and/or behaviour change initiatives);
- to engage staff in maintaining and improving these sustainable alternatives (e.g. track and report on green purchases program and tweak to customise and improve); and
- to monitor and promote the status of and improvement in environmental goals (e.g. provide regular updates of progress and environmental benefits of the program, as well as highlighting non-environmental benefits).
Want to know more about becoming sustainable?
For further information please contact the Moira Shire Council Sustainability Awareness Officer during office hours.