Sustainability Training

Green Team GAP Assessment Workshop (ON-LINE)

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Course Code SC 128
Duration & Key Features

1.0 hours/week for 4 weeks (Wednesday, Nov. 1, 15, 22 & 29), $299/Team (Early Registration), $399/Team (Regular)

Student Rates: 50% off program investment.GreenTeamUniversity

  • Receive credits toward Green Team University Certification.
  • Receive a 51 point Green Action Plan Checklist.
  • Receive Membership to Sustainability Learning Centre's Community of Practice.
  • Conduct a Materiality Assessment of your Greening Activities
Start and End Time Offered at: 12:00 - 1:00 pm EST
Location On-Line Course.  All sessions recorded (so you never miss a session!).
Course Description

Green Team


 Develop Your Green Action Plan in this Workshop

(with a 51 point checklist)

GreenPlanAssemble your Green Team for this Lunch & Learn series on "greening up" your facility and lower your operating costs by as much as 20%. (Also available customized, in-house)

Here are 3 easy steps to get you started.

 Step 1 - Submit 1 registration for your entire team (its the same price if your team has 2 members or 10).

Step 2 - Hold a weekly Lunch & Learn in a meeting room.  Listen and talk over the computer or speaker phone, watch the presentation on a monitor or data projector. Discuss issues and ask questions.  

Step 3 - Complete your Green Team - Green Action Plan template. Receive "best practice" tips for engaging employees as you roll out your plan. 

Step 4 - Do a Materiality Assessment to determine priorities and develop an action plan.

Examine your sustainability activities, understand your gap, determine the Material priorities using 5 Materiality Questions and develop a plan to "green up" your facility.  

Who Has Attended & What They Said

Participating Companies have included:  Kal-Tire, Powerstream, City of Kingston, Suncor, Toronto and Region Conservation Authority, Appleby College, Trillium Insurance, BC Bio, City of Pickering, Nova Gold Resources, Sagamok First Nation, PSC Environmental, AET Environmental, Ontario Medical Association, Bethune Global Sustainable Development Inc, Maureen Lynch Consulting, Green For Life, CustomerClean and Green, Sharp Reminder, The Climate Change InfrastructureCorp., Nikka Design, JMS Group, EcoLog News, YMCA of GTA, PDPSOFT, NOW Magazine, Vibraclean Corporate Housekeeping, Eva's Initiatives, Halsall Associates, Frank T Ross and others.

Here is what participants say: 

  • "Thanks Kathryn! There is great momentum when it comes to sustainability at our head office and you deserve credit for that. The Green Team Gap Assessment was key to getting our Sustainability Team up and running. You can quote me on that!"  Kevin McCarty, Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Coordinator, Kal Tire... True Service
  • "Coming into the webinar our group didn't know where to start but this program gave us the starting point".
  • "informative, more extensive than other workshops"
  • "provided information & resources critical to take green action"
  • "helped benchmark my footprint and ideas on how to reduce it"
  • "identified savings"
  • "facilitator was knowledgeable and pleasant"
  • "some great ideas, will help my workplace go green"
  • "lots of new stuff, lots of fun!, gathered a lot of useful information"
  • "allowed me to think about different ideas, gave impetus and encouragement"
Learning Objectives

Learning Objectives and Modules

Did you know that lighting is the largest end use of electricity in an office environment;
consuming more than 37%

Download a Sample Page of the Green Action Plan

Module 1: Steps, Baseline Assessment & Energy Action Plan Checklist

In this module participants will –

  • Examine a 6 step "Green Action Plan" process.

  • Develop strategies for determining your Green Baseline and examine a template for measuring your GAP.

  • Examine Green Leasing and strategies for gaining a Green Lease. (Resource supplied)

  • Identify the 37 energy actions that can be taken by occupants or facility managers in lighting, office equipment, heating, ventilation and air conditioning.

Module 2: Green Action Plan Development – Water & Waste Green Action Plan Checklist

In this module participants will -

  • Understand the impact of water & waste inefficiency on operating costs & the planet.

  • Complete a 38 element Action Plan checklist and highlight the business case for making changes. (Checklist/Action Plan Supplied)

  • Water conservation for occupants and facility managers (15 checklist elements).

  • Waste reduction and recyling (27 checklist elements) includingpaper, composting and recycling elements.

Module 3: Green Action Plan Development – Healthy Workplace & Transportation Green Action Plan Checklist

In this module participants will –

  • Understanding contributors to a healthy workplace (air quality, food, light, employee volunteer and personal sustainability planning programs). (13 elements)

  • Examine a Travel Audit Template, Carbon Offsetting, Green Parking and Green Fleet standards (23 elements).

  • Examine alternative technologies for integration into your facility. Discuss resource materials to share with employees and managers.

Module 4: Green Action Plan Implementation

In this module participants will –

  • Examine the elements of a Green Plan/Sustainability Policy and customize a template to create your own policy.
  • Discuss the advantages and disadvantages of Green Certifications & Standards.
  • Review the 10 Steps for Green Action Plan Implementation.
  • Learn about fun and engaging resources and social networking tools for engaging employees in your Green Office strategy.
  • Consider the materiality of the Checklist elements and determine priorities.
Trainer and Subject Matter Expert

Trainer & Subject Matter Experts

Kathryn Cooper, B.Sc., MBA, M.Ed. (Sustainability & Environment) - President, Sustainability Learning Centre

Kathryn Cooper is a committed sustainability practitioner and educator moving companies toward "green" profitability and sustainable competitive advantage by unlocking human creativity and technical innovation. Over the last two years she has had the privilege to work with companies like Dupont, Zerofootprint, WWF Canada, and Partners in Project Green on sustainability issues, best practices and renewable energy.

She is President of the Sustainability Learning Centre. Kathryn developed this program for Green Enterprise Ontario. Other GEO programs include: Green Up your Restaurant, Green Up your Retail Store, and Green Up your Renovation.

Kathryn is a graduate of York University with a Master of Education specializing on Sustainability and the Environment. She holds an MBA from Wilfrid Laurier University, and a Bachelor of Science from the University of Guelph.

In her spare time Kathryn is a member of the Environmental Advisory Committee for the Town of Erin, the Climate Change Action Group of Erin and an elected member of the Upper Grand District School Board.

Who Should Attend This program is ideal for small to medium sized companies. This course will be of value to:
  • Green Team/Sustainability Leaders
  • Office Coordinators
  • Facility Manager
  • Sustainability / Green Team Members
  • Sustainability Coaches and Champions
  • Anyone planning to lead the development of green office initiatives within business, government or the not-for-profit sector.
Course Price: Early Registration Date $299 per Team
Course Price: Regular $ 399 per Team
Sustainability Learning Centre - Continuing Education Units (contact hours) Credit toward Green Team University Certification will be awarded with 6 contact hours GreenTeamUniversity(.6CEUs) for this course.  Participants will participate in the On-Line Community of Practice Forum and complete a course evaluation to receive their certificate.


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