The Garden's Green Team includes representatives from all Garden buildings and from our off-site locations (the Shaw Nature Reserve, the Butterfly House and Litzsinger Road Ecology Center). Meeting monthly, the Green Team works collectively to implement sustainable office operations throughout the Garden. The Green Team also hosts periodic lunch-and-learn and field trip opportunities, cultivating a broad sustainability knowledge base that Garden employees can apply in all working areas.
In 2010 the team's Green Today Greener Tomorrow campaign encouraged all employees to participate in waste reduction and energy saving practices. Then the Green Team assisted in rolling out the Garden's single stream recycling program, designing employee communications and signage and redistributing recycling and waste collection containers. The Turn it Off! campaign is advancing the Gardenwide goal of reducing our overall energy demand by 10 percent during 2011. Energy efficiency strategies include new signage to remind employees to turn off lights and equipment that are not in use. These efforts are engaging all staff and volunteers.