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The latest in a line of CSR Wire articles from EarthShare talks about green teams at your office. The article includes a pretty good case for convening them and how they can help your business. The Anatomy of Green Teams: Igniting Change - By Kal Stein, President & CEO, EarthShare: The journey towards truly responsible corporations has seen many landmarks along the way so far. One of the most important is the rise of the sustainability officer within companies. The appearance of a dedicated CSR professional—especially those in the executive suite—is a sign that a company has truly begun to grasp the value, both social and financial, of being green.
But what about companies where it just isn't feasible for one person to dedicate themselves to environmental issues? Or those companies that want to tackle more issues than they have bandwidth for at the executive level? One solution: the concept of a 'green team'—a cross-functional, often cross-departmental collection of employees, who unite to solve problems within the company.
A green team can have a dramatic benefit on a company's environmental and financial performance. Often, green teams are constructive in realizing reduced costs associated with resources and energy consumption through peer networking, forums, interactive sessions and change management across their departments. Its one thing for the company to decide on a goal of reducing its energy usage by 25 percent, but quite another to convince colleagues to change their habits in order to meet those goals.
Read more at: The Anatomy of Green Teams: Igniting Change