Improving workplace sustainability requires engagement across the whole organisation. Based on the experience of CitySwitch Signatories and international best practice, the keys to creating a greener office are:
- Securing senior management support
- Setting the identity or ‘tone’ for green teams and sustainability programs
- Building a team or network of champions
- Creating and using effective communication channels
- Creating a program for staff engagement
- Celebrating, growing and sharing achievements
A green team refers to a group of people who meet regularly to increase their knowledge of sustainability issues and act as champions for improvements in the business’ environmental performance. Green champion networks do not have to be dry and serious, they can be an opportunity to use humour or ‘walk the talk’ about company values to employees.
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A switch-off campaign is a systematic process to find out where energy is being wasted and an effort to adjust people's habits to incorporate 'switch-off' behaviours.
Any campaign is likely to have four core elements: measurement, identifying actions, communication, and providing feedback and rewards. Within this framework, a range of campaign methods can be used.
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A competition between various parts of the same organisation is a technique to engage staff in pursuit of common sustainability goals. It is also a great way to communicate your corporate values and create positive social outcomes across your organisation.
See more and download the toolkit running workplace competitions