This past October, more than 60 company leaders representing our many Green Teams and business partners convened in Denver, Colo. for our 2012 Green Team Leadership conference. Team members representing Green Teams from across the enterprise (including international representation from India) met to discuss best practices, learn from internal and external sustainability practitioners and prepare for the coming year. Just as we did last year, we carefully considered our costs and emissions and decided to move forward with a slightly smaller event for 2012. The conference this year provided us all with valuable time to dig into the details of our revised environmental commitment (released in April) and learn about our new Green Team business planning process, which we hope to continue to share with our Environmental Forum readers throughout 2013.
Our event started with a community volunteer project held at Centennial Park, where more than 40 volunteers dressed in Wells Fargo red, helped Denver Parks and Recreation staff prepare the grounds for winter weather — and not a moment too soon as snow arrived in Denver later that week. Post-volunteering, team members were treated to a farm to table meal at Coohill’s a local restaurant focused on sustainability and community engagement.
On Wednesday, the team assembled in our downtown Denver offices for a day filled with environmental presentations. The morning started with a panel discussion of our company’s new environmental commitment with representation from the Environmental Affairs corporate team and a great question and answer session with our extended network of Green Team leaders. The next item on the agenda included a presentation on the role of our many Green Teams in helping to achieve our environmental goals and an overview of a new business planning process that the teams will use for 2013.
The business planning process is new for our Green Teams and something that we hope will help us to better share the value and impact our volunteer teams have for our business and communities. Our many Green Teams will be documenting their plans to promote environmental stewardship at work and in the community. We are also working with True Impact to help document the financial and environmental savings that our Green Teams can offer. Our goal is to share these results with our business leaders to further engage the many layers of our organization and garner more support for our environmental efforts.
To help inspire our plans for 2013, we were joined by speakers from The Greenway Foundation , a local nonprofit who helped in planning our conference, and regional representatives from The Trust for Public Land , who presented their story of transforming the South Platte River from an industrial waste site to a beautiful recreational space used by all residents of the Denver metro area. Local organizations also shared their stories of environmental success ranging from Denver Water’s Use Only What You Need campaign for water conservation to the Denver Mayor’s Sustainability Office’s support of bicycle sharing services like B-Cycle .
Based on conference feedback, our Green Team leaders are energized, inspired and looking forward to the coming year. We’d love to know more about what you all are planning for 2013. Please share your stories and ideas with us in the comments section.