Engaging Our Staff
Go Green is the Council’s programme to engage with its 8,500 staff (excluding schools) with the aim of embedding a culture of environmental excellence.
Persuading and encouraging staff to adopt and sustain green behaviours requires a cultural shift. Staff need information and support to understand what is expected of them and why. They need to believe that environmental change is important and that the Council is committed to this.
The positive cultural, environmental and financial benefits gained from Go Green are significant. It has proved to be a powerful agent for staff engagement and empowerment, and has demonstrating that it can deliver a contribution to the Council’s environmental targets and bring about financial efficiency savings over and above its costs.
7 Ways to Go Green
Go Green promotes a set of behaviours expected of its entire staff:
Go Green Champions Network
The Go Green programme includes a Go Green Champions Network across the council as a mechanism to communicate the key messages and embed environmental behaviours in the workplace. The number of staff volunteering as Go Green Champions is growing each month towards an anticipated target of around 250. The aim is to have a Champion in each team and each building, enabling Go Green to reach all areas of the Council’s operation.
Go Green Actions
- Regular high profile campaigns with extensive staff involvement
- Comprehensive environmental communications, including posters, events, Go Green News, a monthly E Newsletter and continually updated environmental information on the intranet
- A ‘one-stop’ helpline for staff environmental queries
- Practical schemes including a staff run composting project
- Seminars and an e-learning package
Page Last Updated: 8 February 2013