One of the strongest themes to emerge is the importance of engaging your staff with your sustainability plan.
Both Lucy Crockert from Bright Green Business and David Hogg from Bright Green Hydrogren reinforced the importance of how your people can be the best resource you have. Once you inspire, educate and empower them they then become the ones to take action and make your organisation more sustainable.
Kat Brogan from Mercat Tours highlighted how she is constantly amazed by the ingenuity of ideas from her team members.
Andrew Cort shared how the whole idea behind the Greenshoots Foundation Trust came from an employee suggestion.
Eilidh Brunton talks about this too and shares why when Vegware sell their compostable packaging they help get all your staff and clients on board with the new packaging.
The second key theme is how important it is to get out there and spend time in nature. Every single interviewee has a really powerful story of a time or place in nature that has impacted them and inspired them.
Martin Webb, from Edinburgh College talks about being in his back garden and how those small moments give him more positivity and enthusiasm.
Eilidh Brunton shares how her nature experiences were so profound that they led her to have a career in sustainability.
Mark Simmers saw a tiger in the jungle and this helped him see his place within the environment.
Heather Anderson, walked her farm’s land and recognised there’s a connection and responsibility to the land.
Alison Stone had a picnic outside and appreciated the food more because it was outside in nature.
All these experiences are helping people connect more deeply to their work and more deeply to their sustainability practices.
The third theme is to discover what’s best for your organisation in terms of sustainability. It’s not about having one solution that fits all.
Mark Henderson, co-founder of Eco-living shares how when they work with companies they assess each one individually to give recommendations.
David Hogg from Bright Green Hydrogen talks about how it’s important to take in the surrounding environment and resources available to figure out the most effective, sustainable solutions.
Kat Brogan and Martin Webb both talk about the disadvantages of having older buildings and how they look to do other things that help improve their sustainability practices.
Indeed, Eilidh Brunton reminds us that reduce comes before reuse and recycle. So this can be a great starting point for organisations who are wanting to take the first steps into sustainability.
Adam Davis from Hickory talks about how they had a huge, quick win when they were able to start reducing their waste and save about a ton of waste from going to the landfill and this quick win encouraged and inspired the people to keep on taking more steps.
This third theme feeds back into that first theme. Your people are your most important resource. Get them out. Get them connected to nature so that they can appreciate that they’re part of something bigger.
Understanding that altruistic ideal of why they’re doing it and at the same time, starting with what’s best for your organisation and looking at how you can get the quick wins that will allow the people to see that you are really making a difference and having a huge impact.
This will encourage and enthuse them to keep on continuing and taking even more actions towards becoming sustainable.
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