Sustainability may feel like rocket science at first, like you need an advanced degree and a million hours to Google your way to answers. But let us assure you, incredible potential lies within your organization. Building a few core practices and systems can put your organization on the path to excellence.
1. Your people. Tap into your greatest resource for ideas. Teams or committees of employees that meet regularly to brainstorm and oversee sustainability initiatives consistently wow us with their efforts, enthusiasm and accomplishments.
2. Get everyone on the same page. At the start, sustainability may seem disconnected from your routine, so help others on board. Restate your organization’s mission and vision to include a commitment to sustainability. That done, it can become a shared goal.
3. Measure, manage, analyze. You can’t manage what you don’t measure. Collect utility bills to develop a baseline and targets for electricity and water usage. Get an energy audit so you know how to prioritize saving money.
4. Get smart. Attend trainings or seminars for fresh ideas. Good place to look? Agricultural extensions, the US Green Building Council, local sustainability organizations, and community colleges. Along the way, you’ll likely meet people who’ll be resources, help make business connections, and share valuable insights.
5. Raise awareness. Share sustainability best practices within your organization so that knowledge spreads. You’ll be amazed by the results.
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