Green Team Training: Part 1
Building a Green Team
Marin Institute – Community Organizing
- Invite stakeholders and interested volunteers to join the Green team. Ideally, teams should have up to 10 to 20 active members so they are big enough to represent the community, but not so unwieldy that the team can’t make decisions or progress. Try to build an action team of core leaders who have time, energy, passion, possess a “can-do” attitude and represent a diverse cross-section from many sectors of the community.
- problems/opportunities and the policies that would address them
- the decision-making body you need to impact
- what other steps will the team need to take to change policy. Break work down into manageable steps and tasks. Create a timeline for when things will happen and identify who is responsible. The timeline should be realistic, feasible, and flexible.
- Building a base of support is a necessary part of the Action Plan. While the group leadership will guide the work, more people are needed to enact or change policy.
- Once you pass a policy or achieve a goal, the group will need to decide how it maintains the change and ensures the desired results are achieved (i.e. be sure it is enforced and accomplishes what you intended).
- As the plan of action is implemented, it is important to carefully review your progress to ensure you stay on track, as well as to evaluate the project after it has ended to see what went wrong and right, and to learn lessons for the future.
Green Policy Stakeholders
Monmouth County Municipalities That Have Signed On
Cool Cities: www.coolcities.us
US Mayors Climate Protection Agreement: www.seattle.gov/mayor/climate