Green  Team  Checklist
One person cannot do it all! So when it comes to making your workplace greener and more energy efficient, nothing beats
a team. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has learned from ENERGY STAR partners that forming a green team
with coworkers is a great way to help increase energy efficiency and reduce office waste.

Consider the following checklist of creative ideas from EPA to help your green team get started. Once you've formed your
team, start by planting the seeds for success with small changes in individual workspaces. Then move through the list
and help success bloom with bigger changes that can affect the whole organization. Together, these actions can help your
green team build a better world!
     Start Off Right— Meet with management to get approval and buy-in for the idea of forming a green team. Not only does support
     from management add legitimacy to your team, some of the measures needed to "green" your workplace might require an
     investment of time, money, or both by your organization.

     Recruit from A-Z—Encourage coworkers from different levels and parts of your organization—from senior management and
     interns to facility managers and human resources personnel—to get involved. A team approach improves buy-in from all levels of
     the organization, which helps to ensure greater support and success.

     Kick It Off—Organize a kickoff meeting to develop a plan of action - the suggestions below are a great place to start. Another
     great resource is EPA's Teaming Up to Save Energy guide, which provides step by step instructions for forming an energy team -
     many of which apply to green teams too - as well as real-world examples from other businesses and organizations committed to
     saving energy, saving money, and fighting global warming.
     Spread the Word —Order copies of the Bring Your Green to Work with ENERGY STAR® tip card and share them with
     your coworkers, display the Bring Your Green to Work with ENERGY STAR poster in break rooms or other common areas, and share
     the link to the ENERGY STAR @ work Web site (

     Give It a Rest—Use the ENERGY STAR power management settings on computers and monitors so they go into power save mode
     when not in use. Also use a power strip as a central "turn off" point when you are using equipment to completely disconnect the
     power supply.

     Unplug It—Unplug electronics such as cell phones and laptops once they are charged. Adapters plugged into outlets use energy
     even if they are not charging.

     Light Up Your Worklife—Encourage your coworkers to replace the incandescent light bulb in their desk lamp with an ENERGY
     STAR qualified bulb. It will last up to 10 times longer and use about 75 percent less energy.  Turn off the lights when you and your
     coworkers leave, especially at the end of the day.

     Let It Flow— Keep air vents clear of paper, files, and office supplies so air can circulate freely.  It takes as much as 25 percent more
     energy to pump air into the workspace if the vents are blocked.
 ENERGY STAR® is a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
 program helping businesses and individuals fight global
 warming through superior energy efficiency.

ENERGY STAR" Green Team  Checklist (cont.)
     Gain Energy Know-How—Organize an employee training session using EPA's interactive Bring Your Green to Work with ENERGY
     STAR online office. Hold brown bag lunches and invite in-house and outside experts to speak about energy efficiency.

     Test Your Energy IQ—Still not sure how to go green at work? Encourage your coworkers to organize teams and take EPA's online
     Energy IQ quiz and see how you do!

     Celebrate  Earth Day Every Day—Organize an event for Earth Day (April 22), Energy Awareness Month (October), or other local
     events - such as fairs, festivals, or community clean-up days - to spread the word to coworkers about energy efficiency.  Find more
     ideas at

     Make It Count— Encourage your organization to become a Change the World, Start with ENERGY STAR pledge driver and compete
     between departments or offices to see who can collect the  most pledges.

     Trade Up—Host an event where employees can trade an incandescent bulb for an ENERGY STAR qualified bulb.

     Picture Perfect—Demonstrate to co-workers how they can save energy by creating an office or cubicle that is a model of
     efficiency. Check out EPA's interactive online office for ideas!
     Encourage a Corporate Commitment— Explore whether your organization has a formal energy policy, and if it does not, suggest
     that your organization take the first step by becoming an ENERGY STAR partner. Win support by sharing examples of simple energy
     saving opportunities you've witnessed in your office or submit a letter signed by coworkers
     that suggests actions senior management can take to get started.

     Ask the Experts—Ask members of your building's facilities management team if they know about EPA's online energy management
     tool, Portfolio Manager. Encourage them to measure and track the energy performance of your building.

     Take Stock—Talk to your co-workers and see if they have  questions or concerns with your building's temperature, air quality and
     circulation, lighting, or other features. If you find a high level of concern, talk to your facilities management team and see what you
     can do together to make improvements.

     Put It in Writing —Consult with senior management and  facilities management to explore the possibility of drafting an action plan
     based on EPA's Building Upgrade Manual and examples from leading organizations, available through ENERGY STAR.

     Champion Facility Efforts—Help facilities management  communicate the benefits of changes and improvements as they
     implement energy efficiency measures, which may include  system maintenance, lighting upgrades, automated system controls
     additions, and other improvements.

     Get Recognized —Encourage your organization to earn EPA's ENERGY STAR for your building and distinguish it as among the most
     energy efficient in the country. Share the outstanding commitment your organization has made to energy efficiency and apply for
     recognition by EPA as an ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year.

     Spotlight Your Success—Help your organization reach out to the public and the media with sample news releases that you can
     customize to promote your ENERGY  STAR participation.

     * Some of these activities may require approval or authorization from your company or building management.
      Please act within the guidelines established by your organization or facility.
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