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.
Whilst an individual challenge can be an effective way to get people thinking, the best results come from campaigns that fit into a structured plan that flows out of your energy action plan priorities.
An activity to address behaviours will be much stronger if you can first address structural and physical barriers to change, for example, working with IT on technical switch-off solutions, or redesigning waste management systems. Then, use the competition to get people using and talking about the opportunities and seeing measurable results.
Competitions can be short or longer-term, they can create a spring-board for trying new technologies or new types of energy savings investments. Another approach is for a competition to demonstrate the social benefits and measurable dollar savings made by behaviour change campaigns,in order to help build staff and management support for larger or more complex initiatives, requiring policy or structural change (e.g. procurement) or more capital outlay (e.g. lighting or equipment upgrades).
The CitySwitch toolkit is a step by-step guide to rolling out a sustainability competition in your organisation. More detail on competition set-up, approaches and real examples like AMP Capital's "Floor Wars" are included.
The following is a step-by-step guide to rolling out a sustainability competition in your organisation.
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