Where in the world is the Green Team Trophy?

By Krista Van Tassel
December 25th, 2012

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Over the years, we’ve had a lot of fun working with the Women’s Environmental Artists Directory   to develop our Green Team Trophies or unique pieces of recycled, environmental art that we use as a unique way to recognize our incredible volunteer teams dedicated to eco action at work and in the community. Today, I am excited to share some of the stories of our Green Teams who are currently in possession of a trophy and also introduce a new piece developed by Southern California-based environmental artist Julie Kornblum.

Charlotte, NCEnvision Charlotte is a unique private/public collaboration that seeks to make the city of Charlotte, NC more sustainable. Wells Fargo is one of several local businesses supporting this work and our local Green Team is definitely involved. The Charlotte team created an energy scavenger hunt that paired team members to search for energy efficiency at our Uptown Charlotte office towers. The team shared their story through the Duke Smart Energy Now program, which is also a part of Envision Charlotte, and also at our 2012 Green Team Leadership Conference. We are hoping more of our Green Teams will lead energy scavenger hunts or efficiency campaigns in 2013. Thanks to their great work in developing and executing this campaign, they are enjoying our well-loved tree sculpture piece designed by artist Suzanne Husky.

Milwaukee, WI – Growing Power is an amazing urban agriculture nonprofit based in Milwaukee, WI. Our Green Team in the area has established an on-going effort that engages our local team members in both philanthropy and volunteerism with the organization. In honor of their work, they are enjoying the piece by Pamela Blotner, who also designed a special token to represent the Milwaukee team’s work.

Boise, ID -Founded in late 2012, the  Boise, ID Green Team decided that their approach to environmental education would include several diverse programs that conveniently bring community events to the office and provide multiple ways for team members to engage with their “inner greenie” from planting a tree to eating a healthy lunch (and then recycling it properly). The team hosted their first environmental fair in April 2012 and also launched a café recycling program later in the year. Given this great start to their environmental work, they are enjoying the conceptual piece Land and Sea developed by Lorna Stevens.

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Long Beach, CA – Our Long Beach, CA Green Team is now hosting our newest art work created by Julie Kornblum. The piece features recycled trash typically found in the Pacific Garbage Patch. Julie took used dry cleaning bags, bottle caps, discarded toys and other plastic items that usually end up in the waste stream (or worse in our oceans) and has woven them into a beautiful creation that celebrates our Green Team’s work. The Long Beach Green Team is debuting this piece in celebration of their work with several Southern CA based nonprofits such as GRID Alternatives and also their work to create a green patch in the otherwise abandoned strip of land that borders their office and a parking facility. We hope to show you photos of their work here in the future.

We hope you enjoy our eco art updates as much as we enjoy sharing them. And please tell us if our team’s work or an artist helped inspire an eco action for you.

Tags:   environmental art   environmental work   green team   
Krista Van Tassel

Krista Van Tassel

As Community and Team Member Engagement manager for Wells Fargo’s Environmental Affairs Team, Krista supports the company’s 70+ Green Teams, recognizing and promoting environmental innovator best practices, and engaging and educating team members about their role in helping the company’s sustainability efforts. She also manages Wells Fargo’s Environmental Solutions for Communities’ $3 million annual nonprofit grant program focused on helping make long-term sustainable economic investments in local communities where its customers and 264,000 team members work and live. Prior to joining Wells Fargo in 2009, Krista worked in a variety of sustainability and marketing positions in both the nonprofit and for profit sectors. Krista earned her MBA in International Business at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C.

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