Federal Green Challenge Webinar – April 14, 2010
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Greening your Staff
Date: April 14, 2010
Time: 10:00 am – 12:00 p.m. (PDT)
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While environmental management used to be the province of specialists, responding to environmental challenges is now so fundamental to a[n] [organization’s] success that environmental knowledge cannot be isolated with an organization, but must be pervasive. In other words, all jobs are green jobs.
In this webinar, you will learn about effective environment and sustainability education programs along with challenges faced when engaging staff in sustainability-related initiatives. You will also hear about programs that have successfully engaged staff at work and at home. Specifically, speakers will present and discuss:
City of Seattle
Since 1979 Charlie Cunniff has worked in the private sector as a systems designer and energy conservation consultant, in the non-profit field as the Executive Director of the Environmental Coalition of South Seattle and now in the government arena as the Director of the Seattle Climate Partnership.
The SCP, a program of the City of Seattle Office of Sustainability & Environment, is a voluntary effort among Seattle area businesses, organizations and institutions to measure and reduce their carbon footprint. The SCP offers tools, guidebooks, workshops, recognition and networking opportunities to help its Partners achieve their carbon reduction goals.
Mr. Cunniff holds a BA in Environmental and Energy Systems from The Evergreen State College and a Masters in Non-Profit Leadership from Seattle University.
National Environmental Education Foundation
Krista Gullo is currently managing the Business & Environment Program for NEEF. She is also pursuing a Ph.D. in the School of Natural Resources and Environment at the University of Michigan.
Krista joined Ford Motor Company in 2002 and served as manager, Sustainable Business Strategies for Ford Motor Company. In this role, she was primarily responsible for producing Ford's award-winning Sustainability Report, and coordinating the company's socially responsible investing strategy. Krista also developed an internal sustainability communication and education strategy for the Company including development of an intranet site and a learning community for employees.
Krista received a BA and BS in Anthropology and Environmental Policy from the University of Michigan and studied briefly in London, England and Dakar, Senegal. She completed her Masters of Environmental Management at Duke University.
U.S. House of Representatives
Office of the Chief Administrative Officer
Sarah Jensen serves as a program manager and environmental counsel for the Green the Capitol Office within the Office of the Chief Administrative Officer of the U.S. House of Representatives. Ms. Jensen is an expert in natural resources, energy and environmental law and policy, working with GTC to implement aggressive, realistic operational choices that will reduce the House’s environmental footprint and encourage the conscientious use of natural resources. In particular, she leads the Green the Capitol’s efforts to institute environmentally preferable acquisition practices, and spearheads GTC’s work with the Capitol facilities managers, the Architect of the Capitol, to make the House of Representatives a model of environmental sustainability and energy efficiency.
Ms. Jensen earned her law degree from Northwestern School of Law at Lewis & Clark College, where she specialized in natural resources law. She is a member of the Virginia Bar, the Virginia Bar Association, and serves on the American Bar Association’s Committee on Climate Change.
Says Ms. Jensen of Green the Capitol: “We want to ensure that measures we ask other House organizations to take are ones we have already tested ourselves and things that represent ambitious but prudent leadership. We push ourselves hard; we’re always looking for the next opportunity for genuine innovation. The best way to accomplish meaningful, positive change is for each of us to take a fresh, open-minded look at traditional standards and procedures, bring clear-eyed analysis to both wasteful habits and over-heated hype, and ultimately use progressive common sense to make the Capitol complex an inspiring international model for energy and resource saving innovation.”
U.S. EPA Region 10
Viccy Salazar has worked at the U.S. EPA, Region 10 since 1995. She is currently the lead for the Materials Management and Stewardship team which includes recycling, climate change, solid waste, priority chemicals reduction and product stewardship. In her tenure at EPA, she has worked on traditional regulatory programs – lead and PCBs - and stewardship programs - product stewardship, recycling and electronics stewardship. Ms. Salazar was the lead on the development of both the Federal Electronics Challenge and EPEAT programs, has implemented several large scale electronics take-back programs with regional partners worked closely with the University of Tennessee on developing the Electronics Environmental Benefits tool to measure of results of electronics programs. She has worked closely with the federal sector to address both sustainability and regulatory compliance. Ms. Salazar has both a Master of Business Administration and a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from the University of Washington.
City of Seattle
Sara Wysocki manages the Climate Action Now program for the City of Seattle. Climate Action Now is a community engagement campaign designed to engage residents in a wide range of climate action activities. Sara has a strong background in both communications and community engagement and has worked at City of Seattle since 2006. She holds a Master of Public Administration from the UW Evans School of Public Affairs.
- Findings from the National Environmental Education Foundation’s (NEEF) Report: The Engaged Organization (PDF) (60 pp, 1.4MB). In May 2008, NEEF conducted a survey of more than 1,300 professionals interested in business and environmental issues and documented eight case studies to gauge how leading companies approach internal environment and sustainability employee education and engagement. We’ll hear about the common themes, challenges, and needs discovered and apply them to federal facilities.
- The Green the Capitol program’s successes and challenges and how they have engaged staff to reduce the U.S. House of Representatives’ carbon footprint.
- The U.S. EPA Region 10’s commitment to reduce employee work-related air travel and measures it is taking to achieve its goals.
- The City of Seattle’s Carbon Coach training program where volunteers are trained to help community members reduce their carbon footprint by educating them about how to reduce your carbon footprint at home, at work, and on the road. Carbon coaches are trained to help community members calculate their carbon footprint using the City of Seattle’s Carbon Calculator.