Greening Your NIH Institute or Center: A How-To Guide

Greening Your NIH Institute or Center: A How-To Guide is a step-by-step workbook used to identify and implement business practices that will improve the environmental performance and minimize costs of an Institute or Center (IC).  This tool guides Green Teams through the greening process.  Green Teams are encouraged to use this systematic approach to examine activities/business practices occurring within their IC and develop tools to "green" those activities.  This includes developing guidance, tools, outreach programs, and best management practices as well as identifying new opportunities to become more sustainable.

Greening Your NIH Institute or Center: A How-To Guide (full version)

(It is recommended that you print this document double-sided, flipping on the long or top edge.)

Step 1:  Obtaining Management Commitment
Step 2:  Communicating Management’s Commitment
Step 3:  Forming a Green Team
Step 4:  Preparing for the Green Team Kick-Off       
Step 5:  Identifying How Our Work Impacts the Environment
Step 6:  Go Greener Challenges
Step 7:  Setting Objectives      
Step 8:  Identifying Performance Measures and Baselines   
Step 9:  Changing How We Do Things  
Step 10:  Drafting a Green Policy        
Step 11:  Communicating Our Efforts  
Step 12:  Tracking Our Progress         
Step 13:  Reporting Back To Management      
Step 14:  Improving Our Efforts

Beyond Cycle 1 Worksheets (coming soon!)

Appendix A:  Executive Order 13423, “Strengthening Federal Environmental, Energy and Transportation Management”
Appendix B:  Email Template for Communicating Management’s Commitment
Appendix C:  Suggested Monthly Meeting Objectives
Appendix D:  Agenda Kick-off Meeting Template
Appendix E:  NIH Environmental Goals
Appendix F:  Executive Order 13423 Sustainability Practice Areas
Appendix G:  Potential Performance Measures from the Go Greener Challenges
Appendix H:  Green Policy Template
Appendix I:  Greening Sheet Template

Other Documents
Environmental Leads List
Steps For Greening Tracking Sheet
Management Briefing Template