Green Teams: The Missing Link in Climate Action

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Engineers are responsible for helping design systems that can save energy and water, and use resources wisely to help propel our world to a more sustainable future. But what happens after the construction crews leave? Who will keep up the focus on reducing the organization’s carbon footprint, make sure people know how and what to recycle, and continually educate and inspire the organization to take on more aggressive strategies? Who will keep up the positive vibe around acting sustainably?

In this Denver Chapter presentation and discussion, let’s talk about how developing a Green Team can help build a culture that can make real change work and persist, long after your work as an energy modeler is done. And get tips for starting your own team at work, in your neighborhood, school or faith community.


Joan Gregerson, founder of Green Team Academy, worked as a building energy engineer for over 20 years. In one position, Joan reviewed Measurement & Verification reports for large energy performance contracts. She noticed a disturbing trend where the projected efficiencies weren’t being achieved or weren’t persisting in many cases. Meanwhile, Joan ‘accidentally’ founded Sustainable Revolution Longmont, an environmental nonprofit that changed the course of the city in two years.

Joan has worked with and interviewed dozens of teams around the world, and shares stories and tips in her podcast. Get free resources on the Green Team Academy website. Joan is host of the upcoming 2nd Annual Earth Week Virtual Summit: Grassroots Climate Action Teach-Ins. Meeting attendees will be eligible for a free digital copy of Joan’s upcoming Green Team Handbook, available summer 2020.

Green Teams, climate action, building energy modeling, BEM, Denver Chapter