Another week has gone by and Laura and I are striving to be the best Project Social students- yeah we’re both overachievers. While we have made reference to our super secret project, we have to be honest. It has changed a couple of times because we got beat on the draw.
One of the things that the two of wanted to do as a pair is create some body of work that would be interesting and useful to those in the hr blogosphere. We have kicked around several ideas during our various conversations. One topic that seems to return is what we call green HR. This would include jobs that directly or indirectly relate to environmental sensitive matters, and practices that are designed to reduce waste and improve recycling.
In our dialogue I was pontificating to Laura how we are scarring the landscape here in the Mid-West. My brother-in-law, who is an Arizona native disparagingly refers to me as a flat-lander, well we are changing that. In my travels over the summer I have seen three what I will call Garbage Mountains. They are all within about 100 miles of Chicago. There are literally mountains of garbage that are from the waste hauled of ht urban area. The one pictured here is near Pontiac, IL, just to the west of I-55. If you have driven this stretch of road you have no doubt seen this and hopefully wondered – what in the hell is that?
I shared this story with Laura and she began to tell me how most European countries are much more forth right about dealing with environmental matters. In Europe there is much more regulation around the matter than in the states. I told Laura it was interesting to met because at my employer we are diligent about recycling – but only because it makes good business sense – it cheaper to recycle than dump! We segregate paper, metal, wood and food products and push them to the approriate recycling stream. While we don’t actually make money doing this, it does cost less than sending it to a dump, therefore we have ROI!
We both thought Green HR is good direction for our contibutions to Project Social. At lease in this country, it has to make good business sense ($$$) to get American businesses to be on-board. We seem to lack the social responsibility held by our European partners.
So the on-going conversation got us to thinking we need to begin to create a body of resources for HR on green issues. We need to learn about green jobs – jobs that specifically helping address environmental matters. We want to learn about Companies that genuinely care about their carbon foot print, why they care and what they are doing about it. We are going to be looking for help and assistance from our fellow bloggers and tweeps as well. We are going use the simple formula exspoused by fellow Project Social betaite Lisa Rosendahl– tweet out an idea, build on it, look for feedback and blog about it.
My Project Social partner Laura Schroeder feels the same way and has posted similarly on this topic over at Working Girl and we want to do our part to encourage the growing movement toward corporate social responsibility. So if you have some knowledge about Green HR that you could share please contact Laura or me.