Inspiring sustainable practices is hard work; we share our insights and findings with others so that we can all achieve more results faster. You can also view our upcoming webinars or our on-demand webinars to learn more about strategies that inspire individuals, businesses and whole communities to adopt sustainable practices.
“Employee Perspectives on Sustainability”
Organizations with a commitment to environmental sustainability or waste reduction have typically identified a person or team to lead those efforts. Increasingly, companies are recognizing the strategic advantages to engaging all employees around sustainability, not just the sustainability team or lead.
Companies engage the broader workforce to increase engagement, so that employees will feel proud, knowing that their organization aims to make a positive environmental impact.
Often organizations invite employees to share ideas on how the company could do even more to reduce waste. The resulting employee suggestions are great fodder for innovation and also offer insight into how current sustainability efforts look from the inside.
Cool Choices reviewed thousands of employee suggestions submitted through our 2016 programs. In this paper we offer insights into the issues that resonate with employees, identifying some of the sustainability challenges that remain and the implications for sustainability leaders.
Cool Choices is committed to achieving measurable results. Thousands of employees from organizations across multiple industries have played Cool Choices and saved. Cool Choices accounts for the impact of both new and existing environmentally sustainable actions. We also measure changes in attitudes toward sustainability.
Cool Choices works with energy evaluators to measure and verify the impacts of our programs. We also work with social scientists to explore and analyze game dynamics. These studies help Cool Choices increase our efficacy. They also lead to new insights about sustainable practices, and offer new opportunities to influence them.
Verified Energy Savings Reports
- Making Cool Choices for Sustainability, November 2017 (pdf)
UW Madison Psychology professor Markus Brauer led a team examining the effectiveness of Cool Choices model both in achieving energy savings and in shifting attitudes toward sustainability.
- Sustainable Fox Valley, October 23, 2014 (pdf)
The Energy Center of Wisconsin used control group data to estimate electric savings for a school-based Cool Choices game where participants saved an average of 2.1% of usage.
- Milwaukee Fire Department Electricity Use, March 20, 2014 (pdf)
The Energy Center of Wisconsin compared electric usage at participating and non-participating fire stations, finding net savings of 6.6% of electric usage.
- Miron Construction Energy Savings, February 5, 2013 (pdf)
The Energy Center of Wisconsin did a comprehensive post-game impact analysis using a baseline survey, mid-game interviews, game data, a post-game survey, utility billing analysis and post-game interviews with selected players. The Center found mean electric savings of 6% of usage.
- Find and Flip: Motivating High Energy Users to Save Energy, March 30, 2015 (pdf)
Prepared by Cool Choices and the Energy Center of Wisconsin with funding from Focus on Energy.
- Leaders in Efficiency: ENERGY STAR Buildings in Wisconsin, April 2, 2014 (pdf)
A Cool Choices report produced in conjunction with the Wisconsin Sustainable Business Council and the Great Plains Institute.