The McDonald’s Corporate Green Team has evolved from an events-based group to influencing cultural changes in the way we work. We are environmental brand ambassadors who inspire a sustainable workplace.
The team created a mission and vision this year, and the vision is setting the foundation for planning for 2012 and beyond: To foster a workplace environment where working sustainably is completely integrated into the McDonald’s culture and to create an engaged workplace where all building occupants (employees, consultants and guests) are aware of, and individually support, McDonald’s environmental sustainability efforts.
The Green Team Steering Committee, now more than four years old, consists of members from many departments throughout the home office. Highlights from 2011 include:
- We Make the Difference Challenge - During this two-week challenge in June, 135 McDonald’s employees, made up of 27 teams from six locations, sprang into action to vie for this green title. Points were earned based on energy conservation and waste-reduction habits.
- Landfill Diversion - Through Green Team personal recycling events, approximately 15,000 pounds of electronic waste was diverted from landfill in 2011. Through an ongoing partnership with Workplace Solutions, additional items are collected, including small electronics, personal shredding, household batteries, toner/ink cartridges, pens and CFL light bulbs. Small electronics and pen recycling also benefit the Ronald McDonald House Charities. New in 2011, holiday lights were recycled in an effort to encourage the use of LEDs.
- The Green Team regularly concentrates on what people can do at the home office to reduce energy. Employees make a monthly green pledge to make small changes in their daily work habits including conserving water and energy, recycling, carrying reusable grocery bags and checking tire air pressure more frequently.