Take One Action is a program designed to teach and encourage the adoption of more sustainable behavior, to enhance sustainability in the office at and home. Here are some of the themes we’ve featured in this program:
Associates who participate are eligible to win drawings for gift cards and other prizes. All participants earn “ALC bucks” to spend in the company store, where they can buy American Licorice merchandise or donate their bucks to a food bank or the local humane society. Associates also save money in energy and water conservation and by reducing waste–during one month, we estimated a total savings of over $2,600 for associates who participated in the program.
Our latest initative is Take One Action for Travelers, designed to reduce costs and emissions used in business travel, by encouraging carpooling and other forms of transportation on business trips and videoconferencing in the place of traveling for meetings. Business travel is the second largest downstream source of emissions we measured in 2011. Stay tuned as we measure our results…
Prior to the launch of Take One Action!, we provided sustainability education to each associate team on issues in sustainability–emissions, waste, and the rapidly increasing demand for water, the business case for sustainability, and the Natural Step’s principles. We even showed a clip from Portlandia’s Sanitation Twins, about recycling, for a little comic relief. At the end of each training session, we asked each team to commit to the Sustainability Challenge, where they agree to take on a project to make the office more sustainable. Through this initiative we’ve taken the following actions:
Collectively, we’ve saved the company thousands of dollars and are creating a more sustainable workplace.