The Green Advocate Program
In order to energize sustainability initiatives throughout UC Davis Health System, the Sustainability Administrator is seeking staff volunteers for the Green Advocate program. In general, Green Advocate volunteers support and “advocate” for the implementation of sustainable practices in their office/unit/work area. View a basic overview of the program (PDF).
Goal: To support “green” thinking staff at the unit or office level as they encourage sustainability activities within the work setting.
Similar programs: Safety Coordinators/Building Coordinators
Concept: Green Advocates will be point-of-contact regarding sustainable practices, providing in-services and/or one-on-one advisement, performing periodic audits, and making recommendations to the Sustainability Administrator for new initiatives based on their observations or feedback from staff members.
Support: a webpage, listserv, and quarterly meetings are being considered.
Outreach: Insider article requesting volunteers; presentation at Safety/Building Coordinator seminars and similar; table at next year’s TGFS; Facebook page.
Examples of activities to be promoted:
- Turning off lights at the end of the day, and conference rooms when not in use.
- Instruct staff on how to set up duplex (two-sided) printing.
- Turn off computers, or place them in sleep mode, at the end of the day.
- Use, at a minimum, 30 percent post-consumer content paper content for all printing; preferable to use 100 percent PCC paper.
- Reuse used three-ring binders for internal projects
- Reuse used manila and Pendaflex file folders; an Avery folder label makes them as good as new.
- Optimize recycling. All listed recyclables can go in any can with a white liner. Post the recycling list where it can be readily referencing.
- Help out the custodians by breaking down your cardboard boxes, and don’t leave boxes filled with shipping “peanuts.”
This program will be leveraged to later establish a “Green Office” program, modeled after those at UC San Francisco, UC Berkeley and UCLA.