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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 Whether discarding old memos, outdated company procedures, or decades old personnel files, eliminating the deluge of paper can have a positive impact in the workplace.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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About the Blogger: Kesi Stribling

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

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

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#EpicFails and #PRPraise: My Media Report for XtarTalk with Paula Goddard

On Sunday, I had the pleasure of participating in the Correspondents’ Roundtable segment on XtarTalk with Paula Goddard in Washington, DC. The correspondents shared their insight on Education (Jake Scott), Health and Wellness (Rona Oka), Law (Aderson B. Francois, Esq.), and Media and Public Relations (me!).

XtarTalk Correspondents

I focused on Media and Public Relations in three specific areas: Corporate, Community, and Careers. Citing the lows (#EpicFails) and the positive use of media (#PRPraise), I talked about a range of issues that have had recent important media implications:

Corporate

Low Point

The continuing saga of data breaches in the country has been a PR nightmare for companies that strive to gain consumer confidence, including Target and Neiman Marcus retail stores. With so many choices that shoppers have, companies cannot afford to lose customers due to a lack of oversight, protection of private information and carelessness.

High Point

Oreo is launching two new flavors: Cookie Dough and Marshmallow Crispy. Their big commercial debuts during the Super Bowl on Sunday, February 2, 2014. Cookie lovers will have an opportunity to chime in on their favorite flavor.

Community

Low Point

People in the metropolitan Washington, DC area are still in shock over the senseless shooting at the Columbia Mall in Columbia, MD on Saturday, January 25, 2014. While the incident itself is a low point, I emphasized how the Howard County, MD Police Department effectively and sensitively used social media to keep the public abreast of details, allay fear, and present accurate information as the official repository of information related to the unfortunate event.

High Point

On Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, a brazen robber burglarized Eric Peterson’s home. The culprit took electronics, including several iPads. The most valuable possession stolen, however, was Margo the beloved cockapoo. A comprehensive social media campaign on Facebook and Twitter, community outrage, and a determined dog owner resulted in the DC police capture of the criminal (held in custody for seven burglaries) and Margo’s rescue.

Careers

Low Point

Last December, former New York PR executive, Justine Sacco, outraged the Twitterverse when she commented about a pending trip to Africa by tweeting “Going to Africa. Hope I don’t get AIDS.” She lost her job and infuriated countless people by the insensitive and unnecessary remark.

While people are entitled to their opinions (and idiocy), there’s something plain wrong about posting such a comment under the guise of your personal social media page, which includes your employer’s information. Sacco’s lack of judgment placed an unfair spotlight on her former employer, IAC, who reaped (at least for a short time) negative publicity for her actions.

High Point

The smart, engaging, and relevant use of media and public relations to bolster one’s career is always a good move. Whether creating or writing for a blog that spotlights your industry, scoring interviews with noted professionals, or updating your resume to include media coverage you have received, public relations is not just for companies anymore.

Job seekers who utilize social media, including LinkedIn, to showcase skills and network with potential employers is a proactive approach that can generate results and career change.

What #EpicFail or #PRPraise would you add to the list? Leave your comment below.

About the Blogger: Kesi Stribling

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

 

 

 

 

 

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.