Silicon Valley Green Team Network

The Silicon Valley Green Team Network enables members to exchange information, share successes and challenges, and support each other. Our members are volunteer representatives and sustainability professionals from a company or organization who strive to increase sustainability within their workplace and inspire their colleagues to make sustainable choices at work, at home, and in their communities. Membership is free and open to anyone who is a member of an employee green team or who is interested in creating a green team in their workplace. Complete the questionnaire to receive a formal invitation to join the network on LinkedIn. Some of our members include:


Sponsor

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If you are interested in joining as a sponsor of the Green Team Network program, please contact nicole.angiel@acterra.org


Green Team Forums

The Silicon Valley Green Team Network holds biannual forums. Each forum aims to educate and enable members to take action on a sustainability issue in their workplace. The forums are meant for green team members of all experience levels and are a great way to meet others in the field.

Past Keynote Speakers:

Peggy Brannigan, Global Program Manager, Sustainability, LinkedIn
Peter Graf
, Chief Product Officer, Genesys
Kari Hamerschlag, Deputy Director, Food & Agriculture Program, Friends of the Earth
R. Paul Herman, CEO and Founder, HIP Investor Ratings + Portfolios
Chris Lepe, Regional Policy Director, TransForm
Sunya Ojure Norman, Director of Sustainability, Salesforce
Tammy Sanders, Director of Engagement and Inclusion, Acxiom Corporation

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Past Forum Recaps:

Fall Forum 2019 Recap:
Growing Sustainability through Volunteerism

The Network came together October 2 at LinkedIn. Keynote Sunya Ojure Norman, Director of Sustainability at Salesforce, kicked off the event. Norman shared how Salesforce has created, maintained, and engaged their green teams and gave tips for success. Next, attendees partcipated in a fun escape room activity led by Ben Lai of LinkedIn's GoGreen team. The 5 stations, with climate change themed puzzlers, educated and inspired attendees to try this activity with their co-workers! The programming ending with breakout sessions. Participants divided into four groups to discuss the Project Drawdown solution sectors of food, transportation, electrification and waste management. As a team, they developed volunteer ideas that green teams can bring to their workplace.

Spring Forum 2019 Recap:
Transportation and the Climate: Workplace Initiatives

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The Network came together March 27 at Adobe for a day of sharing, learning and networking. Our Keynote Speaker, Chris Lepe, MUP, of TransForm, outlined regional planning policies and offered examples of how city planning, community choices, and workplace choices can influence transportation and emissions. Next, participants had a chance to network through an icebreaker activity led by Rebecca Navarro of Palo Alto Unified School District. Participants continued to network as they enjoyed an Adobe sponsored vegetarian lunch. After lunch, our speaker panel shared incredible transportation initiatives they are working on in the Bay Area and answered participant questions. The event proved to be a platform for participants to share and connect on issues of transportation.

“When we talk about transportation it’s not just about congestion, it’s about health, safety, equity and sustainability”
-Chris Lepe, TransForm

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Fall Forum 2018 Recap:
An Appetite for Change – Food Sustainability at Work
The Network came together on November 7 to discuss food sustainability in the workplace. The event was graciously hosted by Alcatraz Cruises and took place on a hybrid vessel on the San Francisco Bay. With clear skies and calm waters, attendees spent three hours on the vessel and concluded the day with a networking hour at Alcatraz Landing Café. The event kicked off with Keynote Speaker Kari Hamerschlag, Deputy Director of Food and Agriculture for Friends of the Earth. Hamerschlag provided a dynamic and inspiring discussion on plant-forward diets and sustainable food purchasing. Next, the attendees had the chance to learn about one other through the Human Charts Networking Activity lead by Kathleen Wong of Adobe. The networking activity curtailed well into a lunch hour under the Golden Gate Bridge. In the afternoon, attendees enjoyed a diverse and energizing speaker panel that discussed topics ranging from electric vehicles to sustainable seafood. With a final hour of networking, attendees were able to share and connect with one other before returning to their places of work.

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Spring Forum 2018 Recap: 
Changing Mindsets—Investing in our Future

The Network came together on April 4th at Flex with 55 representatives from 28 Bay Area organizations. There were inspiring talks by R. Paul Herman of HIP Investor and Peggy Brannigan of LinkedIn, and an interactive panel of Network members sharing success stories. These presentations helped lay the foundation for breakout sessions to dive into implementing a growth mindset for sustainability and shifting to impact investing.

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Fall Forum 2017 Recap:
Getting Management Buy-in

The Network came together October 18th at Symantec to learn how to get "management buy-in” for sustainability initiatives with 48 representatives from 27 Bay Area organizations. Keynote Speaker Peter Graf provided a dynamic and inspiring opening presentation before we dove deeper into change management during breakout sessions.  Attendees also toured Symantec's WELL Building, learned about the impacts of diet on climate, and had essential networking time.

Spring Forum 2017 Recap: Building a More Vibrant Green Team
The network came together in March to learn about building a successful green team. Attendees heard from keynote speaker Tammy Sanders of Acxiom about the power of engagement and inclusion. In addition, attendees participated in breakout sessions to learn from each other’s successes and adversities in establishing green initiatives in the workplace.

Fall Forum 2016 Recap: Greening the Holidays
The network came together for the first time to discuss sustainable events in the workplace. Participants heard from a panel of experts and enjoyed a tour of the City of San Jose Environmental Innovation Center.


Member Page

This is a password-protected page that contains information for Network members only. Members will receive the password upon joining. We will be adding content frequently as our program grows.

Content currently includes:

Resource Center
Speaker Database
Green Vendor List