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sustainability training There are several pressures imposed upon your sustainability efforts to show improvements every year. AB 32 Climate Change law in California established a comprehensive program to reduce greenhouse gas emissions throughout the state. With this law, other legislation came into effect that is pressing on businesses to meet the objectives of AB32. These provisions include energy reporting and reducing emissions, improving transportation, reducing the amount of waste destine for landfills, and water conservation. To incentivize businesses to support legislation, public utilities, cities and other government agencies offer rebates for conservation, recycling and using clean energy. In addition, company top executives and other stakeholders expect better and better results every year from your sustainability reports.

As a sustainability officer, you are trying to comply with government requirements as well as offer value for your sustainability methods to the company’s stakeholders. You have developed the perfect plan, but only you and your team are onboard to execute it. To improve sustainability plan results you need behavior change and to obtain behavior change you need training. It might be obvious to you what sustainability can do for your company, but it is probably not for your workforce, supply chain, and customers.

Training provides the relationship between your plan’s objectives and their day-to-day operations; it shows the implementation needed in their jobs to reach those objectives; it also explains the trade-offs from using a sustainable practice versus and non-sustainable one. In summary, it makes the connection on how sustainability is affecting the business, products, services and brand and what is the specific stakeholder contribution that can make a difference in the sustainability plan.

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