One of the most active Green Teams here at Wells Fargo is our group in India. With members based in two locations (Hyderabad and Bangalore), the team certainly relies on virtual communication. And in this spirit, they've chosen to focus on paper reduction for 2012.
While the campaign is barely a month old, the Wells Fargo Green Team India has already posted some impressive results. To kick off 2012, the team created an online pledge and urged team members to promise to take one step to reduce paper usage throughout the year. All team members who signed the pledge received a reusable mug to help eliminate the use of disposable paper cups at both locations.
Approximately 40% of all team members who work in our India offices took the pledge. To thank each individual for their efforts, Green Team members then personally delivered mugs and provided encouragement for taking this first step.
The team also worked with their procurement and marketing teams to introduce recycled paper options to all offices and order Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC)-certified business cards and corporate letterhead. They're also busy establishing paper recycling options and ensuring that all team members know how to recycle paper when they must use it.
In the community, the team volunteers to plant trees (PDF*) at their local business parks as a way to remind people of paper use and the link to the environment. But the team isn't stopping there! Their next order of business is to set all printers to print double-sided as the default option. This will certainly help them reduce waste in the office, and we look forward to hearing about their results.
In recognition of this focused effort, the India Green Team was recently awarded our newest Green Team recycled art piece. The new work, entitled Land & Sea, was developed by S.F. Bay Area environmental artist Lorna Stevens. Lorna's work explores the boundaries of culture and nature and, more recently, our relationship with the natural world. Her art is conceptually based and her materials and techniques are integral to and representative of her subject matter. For example, Lorna will use clay and glass to sculpt small fragile objects or organic materials when representing the natural world. When possible, she combines many of these elements and partners with complimentary artists to create unique installations.
For us, Lorna developed a piece entirely of recycled materials, primarily damaged and reclaimed flooring that the artist binds and shapes to create sculpture. Both the box and the trophy were designed from sustainable materials selected for durability and repeat shipping. The piece is actually composed of three separate structures that fit together like a puzzle to create the final work.
The team's story is included in the finished product and when the art moves to the next location, the team is sent a small replica for permanent display.
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