How Eco-Teams Work
One or more EcoTeam initiators invites neighbors
to an introduction to EcoTeams. The introduction is lead
by the local program managers or an EcoTeam coach. At
this meeting, people can join an EcoTeam and set a date
for their first meeting.
In the initial meeting the team prepares
for the program, creates a sense of team work, and chooses
topic leaders for each of the remaining meetings. There
is one meeting for each of the action areas: garbage,
water, energy, transportation and consumption.
The EcoTeam then meets six more times, approximately
every two weeks, to develop sustainable lifestyle practices
in the action areas mentioned above. The sixth action
area, "empowerment", enables the team to help others take
action for the planet. Most team meetings last two hours.
In between meetings, team members typically spend several
hours to complete the "Earth Actions" they have chosen.
Some examples of Earth actions are: using cloth bags instead
of paper or plastic, bringing "take out" containers to
restaurants, canceling junk mail, composting, repairing
water and energy leaks, carpooling and making cars eco-efficient,
to name just a few.
Before each meeting, EcoTeam members review
the potential actions for the next topic from the EcoTeam
workbook and decide which ones they will take.
At each meeting, EcoTeam members review
the actions taken over the prior two weeks and then share
their action plans for the next topic. Neighbors also
discuss possible joint actions. The team helps each person
fine tune their plan and provides support and inspiration
to carry it out.
EcoTeam members have an opportunity to receive
recognition as a United Nations Global Citizen. Each Earth
Action that households take during the EcoTeam program
has a point value based on effort or resources saved.
Households that accumulate sufficient points will receive
a Global Citizen certificate and a Global Citizen pin
acknowledging a job well done.