The best way to make your organization more sustainable is to integrate sustainability into its structure:
When ideas are suggested, you'll need a process to evaluate them, determine which of them has the potential to help your organization, and implement the ones that have value. Following through on those ideas creates a feedback loop that will encourage more ideas from your employees. If you value sustainability ideas coming from any place in the company – if there's truly a path for these ideas to move forward and get implemented – then the people in your company will see that and respond to the opportunity.
This isn't about hiring a sustainability manager and placing the responsibility on just one person. You will get more functional and innovative ideas by empowering each employee to be a part of your sustainability effort. Their unique perspectives on sustainable practices within your organization will ultimately transform your company.Adopting sustainability as an integral part of the structure of your company or organization will save you money. Following these practices will create incentives for your staff to bring great ideas to you that will lower your energy consumption, protect your critical resources and provide a marketing advantage.