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Top tips from your peers

Green-minded staff from different organizations around Portland gathered at Sustainability at Work’s third Problem Solved event, on July 22, 2014, to share successes and trouble-shoot challenges.

Top Tips

Start small.

  • Small changes are easier to make, and it’s easier to capitalize on successes.
  • Pilot new practices – with a small group, or for a short amount of time – before implementing on a large scale.


  • Focus on employee education at each step in a new initiative.
  • Share information in multiple ways and places: meetings, emails and web content.
  • Repetition helps the information stick, and caters to different learning styles.

Know your culture.

  • What’s your company culture? Suit and tie or quirky and creative?
  • Find messaging, actions, and activities that will resonate with your coworkers.
  • Find champions that know the company’s culture.
  • Know what motivates your coworkers - recognition, prizes, food – to take action.

Get support.

  • Don’t be shy about reaching out to peers.
  • Look to local universities like PSU for student support.
  • Strategically engage management to make sure they have your back.
  • Use Sustainability at Work staff for guidance – that’s why we’re here!


  • Make your achievements known, and have fun with it!
  • Celebrate within your Green Team, or involve all staff in a celebration (it might help them pay more attention to the achievement!)

Ready to make your organization more sustainable? Contact us to connect with an advisor or peers!