Green Teams consist of faculty, staff, and students within departments who determine an overall goal to make their department more sustainable. Green Teams identify how their department or unit can increase efficiency, create a happy work environment, save money, and reduce their environmental impact by incorporating sustainable practices into their everyday processes. Green Team participation is solely volunteer based and any amount of time dedicated to becoming more sustainable is positive. Members will be added to the larger network of Green Teams to communicate their practices, success, and trials to create a campus-wide, collaborative effort towards sustainability. Members do not need any prior experience or knowledge to be on a Green Team. Your passion and will to be more sustainable is all you need.
Green Team FAQ
- What is a Green Team?
Green Teams develop new plans and initiatives in order to make their respective departments more sustainable, in addition to actively participating in campus-wide sustainability initiatives. Green Teams identify how their department or unit can increase efficiency, save money, and reduce their environmental impact by incorporating sustainability practices into their everyday processes and ensuring that these practices become institutionalized.
- What Responsibilities does a Green Team have?
Green Team responsibilities vary depending on the department it serves. However, the overall role of a Green Team is to facilitate, incorporate, and implement sustainable initiatives and practices within said department. Members are also responsible for communicating their practices, successes, and trials to fellow Green Teams across campus in order to create a collaborative effort towards sustainability in various departments.
- How much of a time commitment is it to be part of a Green Team?
Time commitments for members will vary based on the schedules developed by each Green Team, individually. Green Team participation is solely volunteer-based and any amount of time dedicated to them is positive. 3-5hours each month is the suggested commitment.
- Do I need any prior experience/knowledge to be on a Green Team?
No. Your passion and will to be more sustainable is all you need. We will provide resources and tips for Green Teams to be successful. In addition, there is a Green Team Network to communicate with other Green Teams on campus and learn from one another.
- What resources are available to support my Green Team?
UCCS Office of Sustainability will provide a Getting Started Guide, as well as various online resources on our Green Team Network webpage, and the Green Team Network on Microsoft Teams. Resources consist of guides on greening the office, energy reduction tips, sustainable purchasing guidelines, and successes and failures of other Green Teams. In addition to our online resources, UCCS Green Action Fund has funded many sustainable initiatives across various departments on campus and is a fantastic resource to help fund a project your department has in mind.