Companies Trying "Green Teams"

By: Jill Cordes
By: Jill Cordes

More and more companies are creating positions to address environmental concerns and cut costs. These employees are sometimes called Sustainability Officers, Green Officers or even Green Teams and can be found in companies like Hilton Head Corporation and Frito-Lay.

Among other responsibilities, Green Officers or teams find ways for their companies to become more energy-efficient and save money by reducing energy and water use, follow U.S. Green Building Council standards, and encourage green work practices.

Dave Haft, Frito-Lay: "I think when you think of green teams, you think of a highly engaged group of individuals who have a real passion for the environment."

Universities are expanding their curriculums to include green-minded courses across a variety of disciplines. Two years ago, Yale University began offering a joint master's degree in sustainable design at its architecture school and School of Forestry and Environmental Studies.

You don't have to work at a big company to become a green officer- simply look for ways to reducing energy and water use in your own home


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