Greening the Holidays with Acterra
I was honored to attend Acterra’s Green Team Forum recently, at Prospect Silicon Valley in San Jose. The theme was Greening the Holidays, and I learned a lot about different ways to reduce our greenhouse gas impact while enjoying office parties.
Adam Faludi spoke about the Scoop app, which lets you carpool during commute hours in the San Francisco Bay Area. Rebecca Navarro spoke about her waste reduction efforts, including and how they could be applied to office parties. Cynthia Denny spoke about sustainable wine, made using biodynamic methods, and gave us a tasting at the end of the event. Jenny Rutherford of CulinArt Group spoke about sustainable food, beverage, and decoration options. I rounded out the panel with some tips on green gifts, including experiential and home-made presents, as well as behavior change tactics to keep the holidays green in workplaces. I emphasized the importance of tackling climate change and wellness issues together, as the same behaviors are involved, such as healthy plant-based eating.
I met some excellent people who really care about sustainability, and was inspired by their passion and dedication. In particular, I was impressed by Erin Cooke and SFO’s determination to meet their sustainability goals, including net zero waste. The tour of Prospect Silicon Valley’s premises was also enlightening, and I learned about lighting, transportation, and bio fuel technologies.
Another highlight was the networking reception fare – vegan and vegetarian options – a very good practice with regard to walking our talk on sustainability. My thanks go to Sarah Antonelli, and Debbie Mytels for helping me decide to attend and participate. I am glad to see the receptivity to behavior change methods, as many attendees realized the importance of employee engagement for sustainability. Onward!