Communications - Communicating with Employees
The successful implementation of any municipal environmental policy requires the active and enthusiastic support of employees who carry it out. Many of the most successful town programs we examined provide regular opportunities for employee input and feedback, creating a sense of mutual responsibility and ownership.
Establishing an environmental task force made up of representatives from various departments can facilitate communications and provide a venue for necessary feedback. Some larger municipalities have produced training videos about their programs for all new employees. Awards for individual departments or employees can help increase awareness of, and appreciation for, their efforts.
Who's Doing It Right
The Dallas Office of Environmental Quality's Environmental Management System (EMS) has created a brochure outlining a number of procedures for involving municipal employees.
The Town of Blacksburg Virginia is committed to ensuring that everyone within the town, and the town employees are aware of the environmental policies set into place.