Today my boss and I introduced our office’s new Climate Action Program Policy. I wrote it in a jiffy, and promoted myself to Climate Action Program Manager immediately.
Yep. That’s me.
My focus when when writing this, hopefully successful program, has been to introduce eco- initiatives that take very little time, require very little effort, and cost as little as possible for the company. So, yes, we could have gone bolder, but my goal was to encourage sustainable behavior without anyone thinking it is “so much work”. Also, management had to approve it :)
Here’s what we’re doing:
- Every flight taken for business will be carbon compensated, ton by ton, thru tree planting or other carbon offsetting programs.
- Each person will get one work-from-home day per calendar month to reduce emissions from driving.
- Prohibited to cater beef, lamb, farmed fish for company events. Cheese and pork strongly discouraged. (Showed a video on beef, link here)
- All office coffee organic and fair trade. Milk: organic or plant-based.
- Educate personnel on how they can avoid single-use-items. I held a presentation, and moved all single use items into one cupboard (on which I put a sticker that says “no excuse for one time use” LOL).
- Recycling program for aluminum, electronics, batteries, print paper.
- All paper products for office made from 100% recycled fibers.
- Allow each employee to expense a reusable water bottle to be used when traveling and at the office.
Now, I will never understand how anyone can have such a strong emotional attachment to beef, that they feel targeted and uncomfortable when asked to not eat it on company dime. It’s mind blowing. One guy didn’t even come to the meeting because the lunch I had catered was healthy and vegetarian. *Brain exploding * So disrespectful.
Anyway. Get comfortable with being uncomfortable folks – change is coming!
The sustainable community is always talking about how “systematic change” matters more than individual actions, but let’s be honest: individual action and pressure create systematic change. I am sure the company where I work wouldn’t be asking each branch to take action on climate change hadn’t it been for activists like Greta Thunberg and employees asking upper management to do something. We all matter and I am super excited about finally being able to force some changes in behavior on my colleagues.
Have you suggested a Climate Action Program at your work-place yet? If not, what are you waiting for?!
Talk to me – let me help you write a simple program!
More on office eco-habits here.