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5 Things to Do in the Workplace on Earth Day

Today is Earth Day, an annual reminder to be a little kinder, gentler to our planet and the communities in which we live. Following are five simple things you can do in the workplace to commemorate Earth Day, while taking steps to incorporate green activities on a daily basis.

Earth Day 2015
Earth Day 2015

1. Say goodbye to paper and energy waste

Help Mother Earth by eliminating unnecessary paper in the office. Whether discarding old memos, outdated company procedures, or decades old personnel files, eliminating the deluge of paper can have a positive impact in the workplace. By scanning and electronically storing essential documents, offices can decrease paper use resulting in cost saving, the preservation of trees, increased storage space, and the reduction of mold and spores.

To conserve energy, turn off the power in rooms at work – unoccupied offices, the restroom, and cafeteria – that are not in use. Energy efficient light bulbs, including those operated by automatic sensor to turn lights on and off, are easy to use and cost-effective. Conserving energy helps the planet, and reduces your office electric bill. Use those saved dollars for employee bonuses instead!

2. Form an alliance with a green-friendly company

Considering a new strategic alliance or partner? Then, think about engaging a green company that has as its mission conservation of energy, the elimination of waste, and a demonstrated commitment to community greening efforts. Forming partnerships with other companies or patronizing vendors with a green work ethic creates an opportunity to work together in a conscientious way. Plus, it doubles the number of staff – your company and theirs – who can work efficiently and generate long-term green efforts beyond Earth Day.

3. Ditch the plastic

Replace plastic utensils with silverware and bring your own coffee cups to work – ditching the Styrofoam and plastic cups. Using cutlery can eliminate waste and save corporate dollars. Some health experts believe that Styrofoam and plastic have a negative impact on the body. So, ditching the plastic may not only help the planet; it may benefit your personal health as well.

4. Take on telecommuting

With gas prices on the rise, telecommuting is a money-saving and efficient way to better our planet. Telecommuting reduces traffic, emissions, and saves energy usage in the workplace. Working at home also has great health benefits, reducing stress that comes from driving to and from work during hefty traffic, being at home when the children arrive after school, and fostering a bit of peace and quiet that is not always present in the workplace.

5. Convert your coworkers

The best way to sustain green activities in the workplace is to engage your coworkers. Make your efforts to conserve energy a contest, work on projects together, and encourage other businesses in your work complex or community to join forces. Organize Earth Day activities, including initiating a recycling plan, planting trees, forming teams to present innovative ways to conserve energy during staff meetings once a month, or bring in an expert to help you and your coworkers implement a strategic green effort at work.

No matter the effort you make on Earth Day 2015, strive to make these changes a long-term habit in the office.

Have a green tip for the workplace? Leave us a reply below.

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Kesi Stribling, Editor, Ask The Strategist
Kesi Stribling, Editor, Ask The Strategist

The HU Alumni Association Highlights its 50th Anniversary on The Strategy Sessions

Founded in 1867, Howard University, located in Washington, DC, is noted for its academics, published professors, civil rights activism, and global reach. Notable alumni span the professional, entertainment, and civic landscapes, including actresses Phylicia Rashad and Taraji P. Henson; entertainment mogul Sean Combs; and, Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed. While alumni activities date back to the 1800s, this year the Howard University Alumni AssociationHoward University Alumni Association (HUAA) marks its 50th Anniversary as a part of the University’s Charter.

Leadership from HUAA and the anniversary celebration are guests on the next episode of The Strategy Sessions radio show. They will highlight anniversary events planned to entertain, educate, and empower alumni, students, and supporters, including the anniversary membership drive, summer fundraiser, and Bison on the Vineyard event on Martha’s Vineyard.

 

WHO:

Kesi Stribling, Host of The Strategy Sessions radio show

Chris Washington, HUAA President

Keith Benn, HUAA 50th Anniversary Steering Committee Chairperson

Andrea Hodge, Vice President, JP Morgan Chase and speaker during the career program on Martha’s Vineyard

WHAT:         

The Strategy Sessions radio show

Episode: The Howard University Alumni Association Marks its 50th Anniversary

WHEN:

Tuesday, July 15, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. (EST)

LISTEN:        Listen LIVE on http://www.blogtalkradio.com/thestrategysessions, or download the podcast on iTunes. Follow the live chat on Facebook.

Listeners may call (347) 539-5143 to speak with our guests, or post questions on http://www.facebook.com/TheStrategySessions. Follow the conversation on Twitter using #TheStrategySessions.

ONLINE LINKS

Howard University Alumni Association Website

HUAA Anniversary Website

HUAA on Twitter

HUAA on Facebook

 

ABOUT THE STRATEGY SESSIONS

Originally an occasional webinar with business leaders in 2005, The Strategy Sessions has evolved into a respected radio show on BlogTalkRadio featuring top strategists in business, entrepreneurship, careers, youth, women’s issues, community, and health. The show airs live on the first and third Tuesdays of the month at 11:00 a.m. ET, and is hosted by career, marketing, and business strategist, Kesi Stribling. One of 300 featured hosts of the more than 16,000 shows on BlogTalkRadio, Kesi employs her hallmark interviewing style to cultivate innovative and engaging conversations with guests, including the U.S. Small Business Administration, AAA, Ladies America, LifeLock, American Express, DC Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, the American Heart Association, Lockheed Martin, and Internships.com. For more information, or to download the podcast, visit http://www.blogtalkradio.com/TheStrategySessions.

 

DISCLAIMER: ASK THE STRATEGIST is a blog that highlights information on business, entrepreneurship, careers and the workplace, health, community, and women. Any content or advice dispensed through Ask The Strategist is solely for informational and entertainment purposes. Never miss ASK THE STRATEGIST blog posts! Have them delivered to your inbox by subscribing.

American Heart Month Culminates with DC Heart Ball

Across the country, chapters of the American Heart Association are raising awareness about heart health, disease prevention, and tips for getting healthy overall during American Heart Month.

The Greater Washington Region of the American Heart Association will culminate American Heart Month by honoring local Heart Heroes during the DC Heart Ball in the Nation’s Capital on Saturday, February 22, 2014.

Listen to our interview with leadership from the Greater Washington Region of the American Heart Association on  The Strategy Sessions radio show on Tuesday, February 18, 2014,  or download the podcast on iTunes. Dr. Todd Villines and Cheryl Campbell  share event highlights, and the impact the organization has on promoting heart health and preventive measures in the greater Washington, DC area.

 

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WHO:

Todd Villines, MD, Director of Cardiovascular Research at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center & President-Elect of the Board of Directors, American Heart Association –  Greater Washington Region

Cheryl Campbell, Senior Vice President, Health & Compliance Programs, CGI & 2014 DC Heart Ball Executive Leadership

Kesi Stribling, Host, The Strategy Sessions radio show & CEO/Chief Strategist, KSG Strategic Consulting

WHAT:

The Strategy Sessions Radio Show

Episode: American Heart Month Culminates with DC Heart Ball (http://tobtr.com/s/6073203)

WHEN:

Tuesday, February 18, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. (EST)

LISTEN:

Listen LIVE or download the podcast on iTunes by visiting http://www.blogtalkradio.com/thestrategysessions.

Listeners may call into the show studio with questions for Cheryl Campbell or Dr. Todd Villines at (347) 539-5143, email talkback@ksgsc.com, or post questions on http://www.facebook.com/thestrategysessions. Twitter hashtag #TheStrategySessions.

Online Links:

American Heart Association

Greater Washington Region – AHA

DC Heart Ball

Young Professionals Group – PULSE

GWR on Facebook

GWR on Twitter

ABOUT THE STRATEGY SESSIONS

TSSLogo2013Originally a virtual interview started in 2005 featuring local leaders in business, The Strategy Sessions has evolved into a respected radio show on BlogTalkRadio that features top strategists in business, entrepreneurship, careers, youth, women’s issues, community, and health. The Strategy Sessions airs live on the first and third Tuesdays of the month at 11:00 a.m. ET, and is hosted by career, marketing, and business strategist, Kesi Stribling. One of 300 featured hosts of the more than 16,000 shows on BlogTalkRadio, Kesi employs her hallmark interviewing style to cultivate innovative and engaging conversations with guests, including leaders of the U.S. Small Business Administration, AAA, Ladies America, LifeLock, Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS, American Express, DC Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, the American Heart Association, Lockheed Martin, and Internships.com. For more information, or to download the podcast, visit http://www.blogtalkradio.com/thestrategysessions

DISCLAIMER: ASK THE STRATEGIST is a blog that highlights information on business, entrepreneurship, careers and the workplace, health, community, and women. Any content or advice dispensed through Ask The Strategist is solely for informational and entertainment purposes. Never miss ASK THE STRATEGIST blog posts! Have them delivered to your inbox by subscribing.

King Day of Service: A Day ON, Not a Day OFF

A Day of Service
 

“The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. Intelligence plus character – that is the goal of true education.”
– Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Today,  we honor the life, legacy, and inspiration of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. We hope that you will make this a day ON – giving service of some sort to others.

Looking for somewhere to serve? Visit Serve.gov to find service activities in your community.