Novelis, an industry leader in aluminum recycling, recently offered Northwest Earth Institute’s Choices for Sustainable Living discussion course to employees as part of a Sustainability Lunch and Learn offering which ended in March, 2014. Brooke Beadle, Novelis Sustainability Lead, headed up the effort and recently shared employee feedback with NWEI. “We are considering how to build the course feedback into a wider global employee engagement program, which we are working on now,” says Brooke.
When asked whether the NWEI discussion course made a difference in employee’s lives, employees cited a variety of new sustainability actions being taken, including joining a food co-op, doing more strategic trip and errand planning to reduce fossil fuel use, buying more organic foods and eating more fruit and vegetables in lieu of processed foods. “I tried to take one or two actions from each course session to implement into my daily life,” said one employee who participated in the discussion course. “I have more awareness now and am thinking more deeply about my own personal decisions based on food and energy consumption,” said another participant. “I’ve requested recycling bins for my home, am seeking local farmers for fresh produce, and am more conscious of my actions now.”
Deborah McNamara is Director of Organizational Partnerships for the Northwest Earth Institute.