Special to GTA Construction Report
Niagara Sustainability Initiative (NSI) members and the public participated in a “Green Decision Making” event hosted by local not-for-profit organization on Feb. 24. The St. Catharines event facilitated the discovery of strategies to overcome obstacles when completing green projects. Organizers say NSI participants identified ways to integrate sustainability values into their organization’s decision-making and corporate values.
Guest speakers Roma Malik, energy and sustainability analyst, Brookfield Johnson Controls, Brenda Osborne, director of the environment at the City of Mississauga and Jackie Leahey, purchasing assistant, Beatties Basics (a member of the Carbon Project) spoke about how they made changes for their businesses, significantly reducing harmful environmental impact.
The speakers covered these points, which could apply to any business:
- Identify pillars for change within your organization;
- Set real goals, both long term and short term targets that are clear, easy to understand and attainable so that employees can keep track of positive changes;
- Show measurable response to employee feedback; and
- Foster communication about the environment and understand the readiness for change.
NSI is a not-for-profit organization that advances environmental and economic performance through the greening of local organizations in the Niagara region. For more information visit http://niagarasustainability.org.