Go Grass Roots, Go Green Team
If you want to make changes at the most basic level, consider our Green Team model. Green Teams are informal groups of people from the same unit, office, or department who work to promote sustainable practices within their own area.
Green Teams work with the IUPUI Sustainability Steering Committee to develop strategies for sustainability that are a good fit for their schools, departments, or organizations. The teams generate ideas and offer feedback on existing programs, and provide a way to share information and best practices throughout IUPUI.
Why Should You Join a Green Team?
Green Team participation has many benefits, including:
- Building a sense of community and a committed group of action-oriented people concerned about the impact of their consumption habits on the environment.
- Offering a forum where people can learn about environmental issues and exchange ideas.
- Developing money-saving skills through resource conservation and changing purchasing habits.
- Reaching beyond the team member to their whole family or household, friends, and colleagues.
- Receiving recognition for your Green Team's achievements.
Form Your Own Green Team
Take the initiative and form your own Green Team. Here's what you need to do:
- Assess the sustainability of the office's current operations.
- Put in play changes that make the office a more sustainable unit.
- Encourage others to become engaged in sustainable practices and lead by example.
- Monitor progress and coordinate with campus activities.
Green Team Starter Kit
Step 1: Prepare for the first meeting.
A few key steps that you should take before the first meeting include:
- Find a dedicated leader or two.
- Set time and location.
- Publicize meeting and invite members.
- Contact the IUPUI Office of Sustainability for recognition and support.
- Walk through building(s) and make a list of potential projects.
- Set agenda.
Step 2: First meeting
Use the first meeting to brainstorm projects and set goals for the group. Steps to take include:
- Brainstorm about possible projects.
- Learn about campus processes and team support.
- Prioritize projects based on interest or feasibility.
- Make sure each project has a leader who will follow up on tasks.
- Send out meeting minutes or notes to group.
Step 3: Keep the momentum going
Keep up members' enthusiasm by working on interesting projects that can actually be completed. Other tips include:
- Recruit members from key groups (finance, building operations, event planning, purchasing, publications/communications) in order to make project implementation easier.
- Promote your group.
- Keep expanding—the more your group does, the more people will want to get involved.
- Keep it fun!
Contact us for more information about how to get involved with a Green Team or form your own.