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Organize a Sustainability Team

Colleges & Universities

Setting up a recycling program is not a one-person job. A strong recycling program requires a diverse group of individuals that are dedicated to campus sustainability and proper recycling practices.

In order to transform your program into a fully functional affair you will need key decision makers and responsibility holders in place. Even if you already have a program in place, this group of individuals will help you improve what you already have!

Building a Sustainability Team is the first step you should take when it comes to your recycling program. This is a large project and the more hands you have on deck the better! Everyone tends to have different strengths to bring to the team, so be sure to reach out to faculty members from a variety of departments. The more diverse your group is, the more potential your program will have.

Facilities managers, grounds keepers and custodial staff are great people to have by your side as they will most likely have the best idea of what your recycling program currently looks like. They might even already have great ideas for improvement options. Also, don’t be afraid to reach out to external sources such as community members for your campus' sustainability team.

Gathering Team Members

Lucky for you, we've created an editable "Join our Sustainability Team" email template, poster and handout for you to use to build the best sustainability team of all time:

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Email Template
View Join our Sustainability Team
View Join our Sustainability Team

Assigning Roles

Once you have your group together, there are key roles and responsibilities that will need to be assigned. Take advantage of the strengths and expertise that each member brings to the table and assign rolls accordingly.

To see the roles we recommend you fill

Once roles and responsibilities have been delegated, it is time to create a course of action to get your program off the ground.

Schedule Your First Meeting

"Proper Planning Prevents Poor Performance"

Follow our checklist and create a timeline for when you’d like to reach certain milestones or when you’d like to have certain goals completed. Be sure to follow this timeline closely to ensure everything stays on track and you can launch your recycling program as soon and as smoothly as possible.

The first thing you should do once you have your team established is plan a meeting to discuss your first Recycling & Waste Audit. There will be a lot of planning involved to make sure you have a smooth audit, so scheduling a meeting as soon as possible to iron out any details is something that your team should prioritize. Once this meeting is set, you're ready to move on to Step Two: Conduct a Recycling & Waste Audit!

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