In organizations all over the world, sustainability has become a watchword. This may be especially true in the public sector, as governmental and civil sector agencies are often tasked with the responsibility for implementing, overseeing and policing society’s sustainability initiatives. For as much political talk as exists around “government waste”, public sector entities have led the way in introducing sustainable policies, actively seeking ways to be better “green citizens”. Having a duty of care as a steward of the public good, and a responsibility to meet sustainability objectives, public sector agencies, big and small, have made strides in reducing energy consumption, introducing recycling initiatives, implementing green procurement programs and requirements, and so forth.
“Going green” is a term that’s finally got some bite to its bark. It’s more than lip service, at last reaching a stage at which making conscientious efforts to reduce one’s carbon footprint is almost as important to businesses’ reputations and bottom lines. Go green to, as Americans would put it anyway, save green.