Corporations and universities have the luxury of a very excited set of employees or students who want the help the organization use less energy and become more sustainable. One recommendation is to assign to this Green team of volunteers the task of prioritizing and executing the many energy and sustainable reduction activities which cost ZERO dollars, but make a energy, behavior and/or symbolic impact.
Assignment of these tasks to the Green Team frees up time and accountability for the Sustainability Officer, EHS team or Corporate green team to focus on activities that really make a material impact on energy usage (i.e. investment in energy efficiency, changes in product processes, changes in product design, building consolidation, etc.). We need to find ways to ensure that the employees who job description includes Carbon reduction are working on the large impact items, while keeping the energy of the employee or student base supported.
Great tasks for the Green Team of employees and students. :