Wellness and Productivity
These items are aimed towards your most important asset- your people. All of these items should be attempted in order to promote an environment of sustainability and a culture that makes your employees understand the goals and attitudes of your organization.
COMPLETE THE FIRST THREE TASKS AND AT LEAST ONE MORE FROM LIST BELOW AND LET US KNOW WHEN YOU'RE FINISHED:
CREATE AN EMPLOYEE WELLNESS PROGRAM
Healthy employees miss less days of work and tend to be more productive, and they also help keep your health insurance costs lower. green|light strives to improve the indoor air quality and health of it’s participant’s building occupants, so smoking tobacco by anyone is not permitted inside the building or within 25 feet of entryways unless in a space with dedicated ventilation.
Optional components for this wellness program can include things like: nutritional information/classes; exercise programs; in-house exercise classes; gym membership stipends; flexible work schedules to permit going to the gym during the day; posting signage to take the stairs rather than the elevator; making your entire facility no smoking indoors and out, or have a designated area where people can smoke outdoors that is away from entries and ventilation systems; sign up for a bike share program or provide bikes for employees; create an incentive program for doing errands on foot or bicycle; provide exercise equipment in your facility; locate printers centrally to encourage employees to get up and walk around periodically; provide standing workstation options rather than just sitting ones; provide healthy snacks at meetings rather than traditional unhealthy ones; provide periodic health screenings at your facility; link an incentive(s) to periodic health screenings, such as employee discounts, days off, or gifts; commit to using products with zero or no VOCs (volatile organic compounds), such as paints and adhesives for renovations; acquire indoor plants to improve indoor air.
DESIGNATE A SUSTAINABLE INITIATIVES LIAISON
Assign ownership of the green|light process to an individual or group to ensure that it is carried out effectively. If such a long-term dedicated position isn’t practical for your company, this can be done either through a volunteer process or by creating a rotating schedule. Give consideration to possible internal organizational roadblocks that may be incurred and determine ways to alleviate these obstacles so to maximize the efficiency of this position.
Distribute Employee Survey
In order to gauge success of the Wellness component of the green|light program, please distribute the short employee survey to your employees. Responses can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org or if printed send via US mail to 63 E. Main Street Chattanooga, TN 37408.
Complete one more task either from the options below or custom solutions for your business.
EASY GREEN INITIATIVES SIGN POSTING
Common areas of interest may include topics like recycling, turning lights off after hours, reducing printing, and altering heating and cooling settings, etc. These signs are found in the tool kit section and should be placed around your office in the appropriate areas. We can also design custom signs to help tell your sustainability story.
Join a Local Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) Program
Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) Programs provide a way for consumers to buy fresh produce directly from local farmers. By joining a CSA, green|light businesses can support local farmers while giving employees access to fresh, seasonal, locally produced food. These programs typically involve a contract to buy a set amount of product each week/month. General information can be found here and on the local collective, Gaining Ground.
A great resource for locating local farms is the Grow Chattanooga program and their publication tastebuds.
Offer Training Opportunities/Environmental Literacy Programs
Offer training opportunities or environmental literacy programs to employees. These opportunities can be as simple as showing an interesting documentary or promoting a green book, and then hosting a discussion. It can be as thorough as sending employees to sustainability conferences or specialty trainings also. This can generate new ideas for the business while simultaneously increasing community awareness. Please ask green|spaces about their environmental programs and classes if you are interested in this option.
Start a Company Garden
Turn a portion of your landscape area into a company garden where employees can grow their own produce. Gardens can be in raised beds or directly sowed into the ground. There is no required square footage for the garden(s) but it is recommended to consult with your employees to determine how many people want to participate so that it can be adequately sized. Shared gardens of other types may also be considered. '
Consult with Crabtree Farms, a local urban nonprofit farm that supports sustainable agriculture for more information.
A great resource for landscaping and gardening publications is the University of Tennessee Extension Department.