The Herald's Green Team has been named Green Program of the Year by the city of Richland.
The city presented its Green Recognition Awards to area people and businesses who have demonstrated a commitment to the environment in 2009 at Tuesday's city council meeting.
The awards are:
-- Green Business of the Year — Home Builders Assoc. Built Green Program
-- Green Program of the Year — Tri-City Herald Green Team
-- Green Project of the Year — Oasis School Green Grass Project
-- Excellence in Environmental Stewardship — resident Scott Albin and Hanford Department of Energy offices
-- Environmental Excellence — Greenies and Cartridge World
-- Overall Environmental Effort — Richland School District with honorable mentions to the Richland Public Library, Dan & Ellie’s Wiggly Worms and resident Brian Upton.
Here's the application the Green Team submitted for the award which highlight's our accomplishments:
-- The Green Team conducted a survey in March about recycling and employees’ attitudes toward it. The majority of the 43 respondents say they are already fairly committed recyclers. Results show they think education and awareness would help increase recycling efforts.
-- The Herald is attempting to educate people, both employees and readers, by publishing a “Green Tips” feature each Monday in the Mid-Columbia section of the newspaper. Green Tips also are included in the Herald’s employee bathroom briefs, a flier posted in Herald restrooms.
-- The Green Team launched the Get Green blog, which features a variety of contributors from various newspaper departments. It offers a look at recycling already happening at the Herald, as well as team members’ thoughts on the “green” movement. The blog is updated regularly with content from members of the Green Team and the Green Tips printed in the paper. Examples of the blogs are attached to this application.
-- Team members invited Gail Everett of the city of Richland’s Environmental Education program, to speak with the Herald’s Operating Committee and again with employees interested in hearing more about recycling.
-- Employees have started contributing to a worm compost bin in the newsroom. Many also have asked questions about how it works and have expressed pleasant surprise at the lack of stench.
-- Team members have hung up signs to inform employees they can recycle their plastic water bottles with the aluminum cans (no one knew this until the sign went up). Members also provided a box next to the microwave in the lunchroom to collect paperboard from frozen meal packages.
-- The Green Team meets regularly to discuss current and future efforts to increase awareness and education. A core group of about six people have committed to working on such activities. A few members started using cloth hand towels instead of paper ones in the bathroom, and another has switched from using disposable lunchware to reusable.
-- The Herald’s librarian, Deborah Carver, took the initiative to buy glue and make scratch pads out of used printer paper. Several employees now use these recycled tablets instead of new tablets.
-- The team developed a visual brand. The Green Team logo is visible at the top of this blog.
We’re excited about the progress we made and excited about the award recognizing our work!