Illinois Sustainable Technology Center - University of Illinois

Facilitating Employee Engagement in Sustainability Initiatives

Presented by Erin Jones - Consultant with sr4 Partners LLC

September 25, 2014

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Employee engagement in institutional sustainability programs holds multiple benefits to both the organization and the community. Increasing employee awareness and participation in sustainability efforts allows the individual to feel greater ownership; this often increases productivity, innovation, and efficiency. When more people become aware of such initiatives and have the opportunity to deepen their understanding of those initiatives a greater sense of ownership is developed allowing programs to be more successful, employee retention to increase, and overall reputation to improve. The concepts of project sponsorship, a network mindset and behavioral change will be discussed as a means by which to increase awareness and participation in sustainability efforts. Our intention is to provide insight into the pathway to engagement and ownership of these programs.

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