Effectively Leading Sustainability means Making Sustainability Personal, at work and away from work. If you, your work team, or your family throw anything into the trash, it is literally throwing money into the trash and hurting the environment. Sustainability is personal wherever you are, financially and environmentally.
A basic principle of leading Sustainability is to make it personal. You must relate and demonstrate good practices and behaviors to your family and your work teams in ways everyone can understand. Here are a few examples:
1. Recycling ten pounds of corrugated saves two gallons of gas.
2. Relate the real cost of waste per pound to your team.
3. A 1/4 inch diameter 100 psi air leak in a 24 X 7 operation wastes $8,000 per year.
4. Plastic computer and electronic parts are the number one environmental problem in the world.
5. Deposit your printer cartridges, old modems, calculators, and such in bins at Best Buy or Staples.
6. Segregate and properly recycle ALL bottles, paper, corrugated, cans, plastic.
7. Monitor the volume of your personal trash to the curb to know if you are improving.
8. Replace all lights in your residence with LED’s.
9. Purchase only energy efficient vehicles, such as diesel, electric, hybrid, high gas mileage.
10. Purchase only high-efficiency appliances.
11. All goods purchased are reusable and recyclable, and have recyclable packaging.
12. Make sure the current condition of your house insulation is good and at maximum R factor.
13. Turn out the lights; reduce water consumption.
If you are not sure about the latest practices, contact your local Solid Waste Management Department. Or, ask your children or grandchildren, as the schools are doing a great job educating them on proper Sustainability practices and behaviors.
To be personally serious about Sustainability at work, you must be personally serious about Sustainability at Home. Just do it!
…And Pass It On, Personally!
Special USZWBC Zero Waste Conference Note: This week’s LA conference promises to be exciting, with a great gathering of leaders and Sustainability professionals sharing ideas, initiatives, and best practices to get to Zero Waste. Follow me on Twitter, @KBFrontLine, to get photos and updates from the conference.
Quote from Bill Nye the Science Guy: “If you want grown-ups to recycle, just tell their kids the importance of recycling, and they’ll be all over it!”