Engagement: as easy as A-D-K-A-R

The Corporate Sustainability Collaborative’s sold-out (but still free!) June Quarterly meeting brought together sustainability pros from businesses of all sizes and sectors.  Some highlights for those who couldn’t be there:

First, big thanks to KPFF for hosting the meeting space AND a delicious lunch. It’s sponsorship like theirs that keeps the Collaborative running dues-free!

Jody Foster and Kymm Nelsen, co-founded Conscious Capitalism Portland, a chapter of a global movement dedicated to elevating humanity through business.  Anyone, or any company, committed to embracing Conscious Capitalism in their business, can learn more and join at www.consciouscapitalismportland.org.

Meghan Humphreys from EarthShare Oregon introduced a new system for planning and understanding employee engagement in your company, a “Cycle of Engagement”. EarthShare Oregon, a Portland-based nonprofit, is using this Cycle to help partner companies engage more employees more fully in sustainability improvements in the workplace and in their daily lives.

The headliner at June’s meeting was Wendy Gibson with CLEAResult.  Wendy works with businesses on energy efficiency improvement projects – work that often is only successful when businesses get their employees to make wise energy choices on an individual basis.  She walked through a useful system for inspiring, driving and reinforcing behavior change in groups of workers called ADKAR, which was originally developed by Jeff Hiatt.  ADKAR stands for:

  • Awareness
  • Desire
  • Knowledge
  • Ability
  • Reinforcement

See the event slides for more on the ADKAR concept.  Attendees used the ADKAR framework to generate ideas on how they might tackle each stage in their office, coming up with everything from company memos posted in bathroom stalls (Awareness) to creating an awards ceremony for participants (Reinforcement).

Learn more about how to use ADKAR to drive sustainable behavior in your office through the book “ADKAR: A Model for Change in Business, Government, and Our Community” by Jeff Hiatt.  A simple online search of “ADKAR sustainability” will provide a wealth of additional resources!

Want to get in on the next Quarterly meeting in September?  Make sure your business is signed up as a member (just fill out our online survey and then RSVP here.)

Earth Month 2017 Highlights

Earth Month 2017 with the Corporate Sustainability Collaborative brought different companies’ staffers together to learn, to volunteer, to have fun and make connections with each other.

Here are a few of the highlights:

Our forum on Equity and the Environment packed the room at Northwest Health Foundation, and brought business, nonprofit, and government leaders together to learn how to elevate equity in the business and sustainability realms.  Check out panel moderator Sam Baraso’s superb list of resources from that event.ross island 1

Staff members from companies including NW Natural, Airbnb, EarthShare Oregon, Keen Footwear, and others joined Willamette Riverkeeper on a canoe and volunteer trip to Ross Island.  This land, which is owned and managed by the City of Portland, needs volunteers to help remove invasive plants and nurture native vegetation on the island.   The day turned out wonderfully, with the sun even peeking out from behind clouds on occasion.

OHSU tour

A week after our volunteer project, a group visited OHSU’s Collaborative Life Sciences Building for a tour of the building led by the property manager.  The inquisitive attendees got all the details on the certified-LEED-Platinum building’s energy efficiency measures and cutting-edge medical research and learning facilities.

bike ride 2We didn’t just learn and volunteer, we closed out the month with a little fun!  Portland’s bike share system, BIKETOWN, generously offered free day passes to anyone who joined our Bike To Brews low-carbon happy hour.  The group happily pedaled to share a pint at Rogue Eastside Pub and Pilot Brewery in southeast Portland, even with the threatening skies.

It’s only 11 more months to the NEXT Earth Month — if you would like your company to join sustainability events like this next year, sign up for a free membership in the Corporate Sustainability Collaborative!

Thanks to our event and prize sponsors for Earth Month:

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Resources: Equity and the Environment Panel

A full house of business, government, and nonprofit folks attended April 6th’s panel discussion on Equity and The Environment. Sam Baraso from Multnomah County’s Office of Sustainability led the discussion, engaaging panelists Ricardo Moreno, Landscape Program Manager at Verde, and Tim Miller, CEO of Enhabit.

Here are useful resources mentioned in, or related to, the discussion:


Center for Diversity & the Environment‘s Resources page

Local organizations doing equity and environmental work (not an exhaustive list!)

Thanks also to the companies who sponsored our space, prize drawing, food, and beverages for this event:  Northwest Health Foundation, Pacific Continental Bank, NW Natural, Pacific Rim and Company Wine, Widmer Brothers Brewing, and the Portland Trail Blazers.