Cultural institutions are all about the people who create them, including those responsible for the content of the programme and those who enable its implementation, i.e. technical and administrative staff. Everybody can work for change individually but in acting together and combining various perspectives, it is possible to also change the institution from the inside in a systemic way.
It will be helpful to create a meeting space where employees can exchange their observations and knowledge and, based on these, design the change process. Green teams can be created as grassroots initiatives started by the employees or they can be set up by the management. Regardless of the method of their appointment, it is better for them to be composed of volunteers rather than people designated or even forced to act. The main goal of the green team is to develop ecological solutions or recommendations for the functioning of cultural institutions. Green teams are also very good at integrating staff members and strengthening their motivation.
Look around – you are bound to find a supporter of the green cause among your colleagues. Set up a team yourself or share your idea with the management. Together you will mutually motivate yourselves to act.
How to start?
Ensure that the green team consists of people fulfilling various roles and coming from various departments and that the meetings are held during working hours. Establish framework rules for the team’s functioning, such as: regularity of meetings (e.g. once a month), planning the course of the meeting (agenda, chairperson, minute taker). If the group was created as a grassroots initiative, inform the management about it and occasionally invite them to a meeting.
It is good to define thematic areas for the green team to deal with, e.g. waste sorting, saving water, partnerships, eco-friendly projects or cycles of events. It is best to start with small steps, identify problems one by one and look for the most practical solutions.
At this stage, we are able to work out and implement a code of everyday eco-friendly practices which would motivate our co-workers. These could be small but very significant changes, e.g. printing only when it is necessary and only double-sided, drinking tap water, giving up plastic cups, etc,