Top tips to help you succeed as a sustainability manager
If you have worked in sustainability, you will be aware of the complexities that surround implementing environmental strategies. You may have worked your way up from sustainability officer to co-ordinator, all the way to sustainability manager, where you are now in charge of making and regulating the policies intended to reduce your waste emissions.
To help you out, we have come up with a handy guide of what you will need to know when you land your sustainability manager role.
- Know your government policies inside out. All buildings have a duty to reduce their carbon footprint - it is in your best interests to ensure your company is updated on the latest ISO standards and is regularly BREEAM or SKA assessed. Understanding your carbon footprint fully can be hard but the Carbon Trust naturally offers a wealth of information on the subject.
- Step back and take stock over your environmental impact as a whole. Think about what you could potentially cut down on - everything from water waste to the way your cafeteria gets rid of food has an effect on your company's sustainability.
- Use a system to help track how much energy and waste your building is generating. Monitoring your progress by checking bi-weekly, fortnightly or monthly, will help you gauge how much your workplace is using.
- Conduct a survey. Ask your employees what they think needs improving or changing. They may have a different point of view from you and may have seen different policies that you could implement.
- Use timers on light switches, set recycling targets, start a call for telecommuting to reduce employees’ carbon emissions, and try composting the kitchen waste and landfill waste responsibly.
- Arrange awareness days for your colleagues. Spread the word through newsletters on websites and through word of mouth. This is a great way of getting feedback to see what works, what doesn’t and what improvements could be made.