Green Champion Description
VOLUNTEER POSITION: GREEN CHAMPION for the nonprofit with responsibility for raising awareness and making energy efficiency &/or green building central to the organization's mission and operations. As part of the Grants to Green award, nonprofit recipients of a Grants to Green Assessment Award or Implementation Grant must appoint a person who will participate in Green Champion activities and shepherd their Green project(s) from conception to completion and be an institutional champion involved in all aspects of the project. The individual, paid staff or volunteer, should be clearly accountable to the organization, have deep knowledge of day to day operations, and be easily accessible and available for learning, sharing, convening and evaluation support.
Roles & Responsibilities
The Green Champion will provide a wide range of services including but not limited to:
• Energy Conservation &/or green building Learning and Sharing (Internal and External)
• Participate in energy conservation &/or green building learning and networking opportunities with other Grants to Green award recipients
• Champion energy efficiency &/or green building in the organization by helping the Board and staff learn and decide how the organization will take forward the work of energy conservation &/or green building in the long-term; document decisions; Champion the implementation of environmentally sustainable office policies/operations.
• Plan and facilitate energy conservation &/or green building meetings and trainings with relevant organizational staff, constituents and other Grants to Green Awardees; Host meetings and conduct facility tours to spread “green” news
• Formally communicate regularly about organization’s energy conservation &/or green building efforts (i.e. website, newsletters, newspapers, board meetings, relevant committee meetings, etc.)
• Present at meetings, forums, webinars, workshops, conferences, etc.
• Provide input on the evaluation framework to be developed for the organization’s grant and the Grants to Green program as a whole.
• Regularly track monthly nonprofit utility usage; may be responsible for entering information into website such as Energy Star or Portfolio Manager, creating data summaries and analyzing data.
• Provide data summaries as necessary to support organization’s and Grants to Green evaluation in partnership with the Grants to Green staff.
• Estimate 2 – 4 hours per month
Skills and Qualities for Success
• Willing to engage with nonprofit constituents and the public about green issues
• An interest in environmental sustainability
• Good verbal communication skills
• Enthusiasm for the role
• Willing to attend events related to environmental sustainability
• Training will help refine your/organizational knowledge of sustainability issues, local resources and effective communication
• Learning and networking with a team of Green Champions from other nonprofits
• Strong role in building sustainable Maine non-profits in downtowns.