People and Culture
Green Awareness Day / Week

What Is It?

Green awareness Day or Week is a planned event during which an organization will focus on educating employees, clients, and business partners on the importance of sustainable living.

Benefits

The benefit of a Green Awareness Day or Week is building awareness and education among employees, clients, and business partners. Improving employees’ understanding of sustainable strategies and their benefits will maximize participation and morale and minimize environmental impact. Improved awareness can also benefit a company’s environmental image to customers who either already knew about green and sustainable practices or who discovered them through the awareness day or week.

Framework for hosting an event:

  1. Goals? Awareness, Education, Adoption (Behavior) or Advocate
  2. Format? Office space, Building, Customers
  3. Motivation for employees to attend? Event name, food, executive invitation / participation, engaging speaker, raffle, employee recognition, statement of goals, potential personal money savings, bring a buddy
  4. Invite green at work, green at home vendors? see below for examples

Challenge Participants Currently Adopting This Practice

  • Beacon Capital Partners
  • BR+A, Equity
  • Foley Hoag LLP
  • Jones Lang LaSalle
  • Nixon Peabody
  • Oxford Properties
  • Peabody Office Furniture
  • Pembroke Real Estate
  • Synergy
  • TIAA-CREF

Additional Resources

Examples of events

  • Volunteer Day – see below for local organizations
  • Wiffle ball tournament with picnic
  • Sumo wrestling tournament among executives (Yahoo)
  • Local green business scavenger hunt
  • Innovation Expo (eBay) – idea-based science fair where executives vote for favorites
  • Pecha Kucha presentation – 20 image slides for 20 seconds each
  • Sustainable building tour for tenants
  • Customer lunch or green product giveaway
  • Nike Reuse a Shoe – athletic shoe donations
  • Earth Hour – turn the lights off once a year for an hour
  • Corporate Challenge Walk / Ride Days – one Friday per month, employees walk or ride their bike to work

Local organizations providing volunteer opportunities:

Local Businesses for vendor fair:

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