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Create a Green Team

If you are interested in implementing more green practices at your facility, creating a Green Team is a great place to start.  A Green Team helps develop and run your facility’s green programs.  Creating a Green Team gets more staff involved.   If the staff is involved in the planning, they are more likely to participate in the program.  

The number of people on your Green Team will vary based on the size of your facility.  It’s important for the team to include people from different business areas, including management, facilities, food-service (front & back of house), maintenance personnel, etc.  Having input from all areas allows the team to design programs that work throughout the facility.  The team will be helpful in coordinating changes and educating staff and customers.  

Look for Green Team members that are enthusiastic about environmental programs.  Encourage the team to take ownership of projects and promote goals.  The Green Team should let other employees and customers know what programs they are implementing and why.  

Green Team Tips:

  • Choose a green team leader
  • Include members from various areas of operation
  • Encourage ownership of projects
  • Start small and focus on a few items
  • Get feedback from staff and customers 

Green Policy Statement: 

Develop a policy statement or other organizational document that states green goals.  The Green Team can use the policy to guide them.  It will also communicate your efforts to costumers.


DEQ’s Office of Pollution Prevention hosted a webinar on Increasing Buy-In through Communication for Environmental Programs.  Learn from Roanoke Cement and GE’s strategies to get employees involved.  The recorded webinar is available online.   

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Richmond, VA 23218
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