So part of my company's culture is to be environmentally friendly. Wait, can I still say "environmentally friendly" or was that nineties thing. OK, we are about "going green", is that right? Let me give you an example. I led a brainstorming session the other day and part of the session involved the participants writing labels on post-its and sticking them around the room. It's a great brainstorming exercise but I felt really anxious about introducing it. I knew that someone in the room was going to call me out on my tree slaughtering exercise. It's was kind of annoying, but at the same time this organizational focus on going green really works, even if it's just because of peer pressure.
Signs around the office encourage me to refill water bottles
instead of using new ones. Groups who carpool are incentivized by
getting access to parking spots close to the entrance. When I'm at
work, I think twice about using a disposable coffee cup when I can use
a mug instead. Is it because I'm always thinking about the environment
and can cite statistics about the number of trees falling down every
second? No, it's just because I don't want to be the victim of some
judging look and I just want to fit in with what everyone else is
doing. I guess peer pressure isn't the best reason to make green
decision but it does work for me.
nice thing about this community support of going green at work is that
it can reach people of all backgrounds, religions, etc. For example, a
company prayer time would not be as accepted because it would ostracize
people who aren't religious. Having weekly circle sessions for women
to talk about feeling and issues of esteem would also cut a large
majority of the community out. However, no one can be religiously,
ethnically or sexually offended to the idea of making sustainable
decisions. Going green is a lifestyle that is truly welcoming to
everyone and peer pressure to take a shorter shower it a lot less
damaging than peer pressure to stick a heroin filled needle in your
arm. By the way, remember, drug needles should not be recycled!!
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