A Sustainability Coach + Manager encourages and honors businesses, neighbors and others for taking environmental actions, and helps them take those environmental actions.
If you would like a job that pays you to help keep our exquisite Earth cool and livable [past 2035?], you are a pretty good communicator and you are a pretty good problem solver, then a Sustainability Coach + Manager [SCM] might be the job for you.
To start this job today ::
1] Go into businesses or go to your neighbors and ask the manager if they are taking any of the environmental actions on a list that you show them. [Use our list below or your own list.]
2] Offer to give the business an environmental award for taking one or more of those environmental actions, and/or, for agreeing to consider or take an additional eco action on your list. [Use an award that you have made or one of our XOEarth Awards.]
Option: Offer to video the award presentation and to post it to your or the business's Facebook page or other social network.
Option: Consider adding something unexpected and video worthy to the award presentaion to thank the manager and business for their environmental actions or pledge. Examples include doing a victory dance, thanking them on behalf of a future person, child or endangered species, singing a song, doing a cheer, or reciting a poem. Other ideas are below and at XOEarth Honors.
3] Then tell the manager that you want to be the Sustainability Coach + Manager for the business once a week, several times a week or several times a month to help them make their business more sustainable.
Option: Offer to do a 5 or 10 minute walk around for $5, $15, $30 or more, while suggesting actions the business can take on your environmental action list.
Option: Offer to do the work as a contract worker so the business does not have to make you an employee.
Option: In the beginning, offer to work for only a few dollars an hour. Increase your hourly rate as you get better at your job.
4] Finally, if you got the job, yeahhh, have fun getting paid to save our planet and our lives!
Or, if you did not get a job, yeahhh, you honored another business or neighbor for taking actions or pledging to take actions to save our planet! And yeahhh, you get to go to another business or neighbor to give them an environmental award, do your presentation and ask them if you can be their Sustainability Coach + Manager!
Two Cool Eco Jobs In One!
As a Sustainability Coach you can use awards [with a little ceremony], video [to record the ceremony], social media, comedy, art, dance, selfies, signs, photo ops, puppets, costumes, energy saving games, videos [yours or others], PR and/or psych to encourage and honor businesses, employees, customers, neighbors and others for taking environmental actions.
As a Sustainability Manager you can help a business or others take environmental actions - such as, make rad recycle and compost stations, do energy saving upgrades, start a carbon offset/tax program, sponsor an ecological non-profit, make products more eco, reduce single use and/or reduce waste, start a biking, bus and carpool rewards program, and much more.
At first, you will probably not have the skills for a lot of the eco actions on the list that you show businesses and neighbors. When you don't have a skill for an eco action that the business or neighbor wants to take, you can offer to help find a good handyman or professional that can do that work. Plus, you may get a referral commission from the handyman or professional, and you can offer to assist them in the work.
Of course, when you do have the skill to do one of the eco actions on your list, that's great too.
And whatever your talent is - writing, math, filmmaking, sports, communication, art, music, engineering, software or whatever - there is a good chance there is a way to use that talent as a Sustainability Coach + Manager [SCM]. Contact Stele to talk about how to use your talents in your SCM job.
Consider offering your services as a paid contract worker, so that a business does not have to make you an employee.
Help businesses decide if you should come in once a week, several times a week, several times a month, part-time or full-time.
How to get a Sustainability Coach + Manager job [Detailed version]
1] Design and print, or hand-make, some environmental awards that you can give to businesses and others, or, print out some XOEarth Awards, or, send us a self addressed stamped envelope and we will send you some free XOEarth Awards.
Make a list of sustainability actions a business and neighbors can take. Make some flyers with the list or have the list on your phone or computer. Feel free to use the list below and use our XOEarth.org/Works page.
2] Go into a business or visit a neighbor and say, "Hello, my name is ________, and I am working to help keep our endangered planet cool, livable and more fun for everybody. So I am here to give you this environmental award for the actions that you take or promise to take in your business [or home] to make it more sustainable. What are some of the environmental actions your business is taking? ... That's great! Thanks for taking that action(s) to help save our biosphere and therefore help save my life too. Before I give you this award, would you also be willing to look at this list of sustainability actions, and pledge to take or consider taking an additional environmental action to make your business [or home] even more sustainable?"
If the person tells you about the environmental actions they are taking or promise to take, fill out and give them an environmental award that honors them for the specific actions they take or promise to take. [The 'slow' XOEarth Awards work good for this.]
If the person says they are busy, or they do not tell you a specific environmental action that they take or promise to take, give them an environmental award and say, "This award honors you for the environmental actions that you are currently taking or start taking this month." [The 'fast' XOEarth Awards work good for this.]
Have your camera or video camera ready if the awardee agrees that it can be recorded for social media or other media.
Option: As you are giving the person the award or after the person accepts the award, consider adding something unexpected and media worthy to thank them for their environmental actions or pledge. Examples include a cheer, victory dance, selfies or videos, flash mob, cool eco facts, climate change stats, sing a thankyou song, do a singalong, tell an eco story, rap, do a magic trick while stating the eco metaphor, do an Earth warrior yoga pose, do your signature move, do the X-O-Earth arm and hand signal, or give them a symbolic item [such as a leaf or flower from a local source].
Option: Offer to post any pics and video to social media or other media to help promote their business and to encourage other businesses and people to take environmental actions.
3] After wrapping up your "environmental award show", pause for a moment, then tell the manager or person that you would like to be their Sustainability Coach + Manager. Offer to come in once a week, once a month or every day. Hand them your flyer with the list of environmental actions, or show them the list on a phone or computer.
4] If the person says yes to hiring you, great!, celebrate that you got the job!
If they say no to hiring you, great!, celebrate that you have encouraged a business or neighbor to take actions that will help save our planet! Then go to the next business or neighbor to give them an environmental award, do your talk and cheer them on too!
Check out our "Ideas for the Sustainability Coach" and "Ideas for the Sustainability Manager" below.
Remember, even if a business that you talk to does not hire you, it's crucial that we ask and encourage more businesses managers and others to take the important eco actions that are necessary to extend the life of our planet and save our lives.
The amount of time you spend doing your Sustainability Coach job versus your Sustainability Manager job will depend on the business's needs, your skills and your interests.
Know that a lot of businesses that do not think they need a Sustainability Coach + Manager really DO need one.
Our planet needs at least 40 million Sustainability Coaches + Managers to help save our oceans, soils, air and slow down climate change - so go get that job!
If all things go well, you might get so good at helping businesses and peeps become sustainable that you might get a job as the Chief Sustainability Officer [CSO] for a company somewhere!
Feel free to tweak any of the steps and strategies we recommend to match your style.
Depending on your vibe and the eco services that you offer, you can call yourself a Sustainability Coach, Sustainability Cheerleader, Chief Sustainability Officer [CSO], Sustainability Guy, Sustainability Girl, Sustainability Geek, Sustainability Assistant, Sustainability Coordinator, Sustainability Consultant, Sustainability Helper, Sustainability Manager or SCM.
Ideas for the Sustainability Coach
When asking a business or a neighbor to be their Sustainability Coach, offer to work once a day or week or month to cheer on the team to take environmental actions and help them take some of those actions.
On most any day, simply giving out your environmental awards or the XOEarth Awards is a good way to cheer on managers, employees, customers, neighbors and others on the team.
Help a business use their social media networks to encourage and thank employees and customers to take environmental actions. Help write and share posts and images that call on the peeps to make sustainable choices.
Help a business create signs and notices for inside and outside that encourage everyone to take environmental actions.
If you organize an environmental rally, use banners, flags, signs or other props to create a stage inside or outside, then get up there and cheer your team on.
Do eco cheers while doing cool jumps, victory dances, rad moves or cartwheels. Consider using some cheers that focus on specific environmental actions.
When you are cheering on the team as a coach, consider having your notebook or clipboard in hand. Wear an eco coach or eco hero outfit if it seems right.
When you are cheering on the team as a cheerleader, blue and green pom-poms from up-cycled old t-shirts or other repurposed fabric might be cool. Wear an eco cheerleader or eco hero outfit if it makes sense.
Leading a group in a specific cheer or eco sing-along can be good, even if you don't sing great.
Consider using a little bell, a chime, a drinking glass and spoon, a cow bell or something else to *ring* to thank team members for taking an eco action. "More Earth Cowbell."
When cheering on a group, some of the group may look skeptical or even critical. However, know that most of those skeptical looking peeps probably do like your talk. It can be hard to tell whether or not people in an audience like or dislike your presentation by watching them. A lot of peeps want to let loose and cheer with you - but peer pressure and stuff can keep them from whooping it up - or even looking happy during your presentation.
In other words, even though some people might appear annoyed even as they are clapping or cheering, inside they may be thrilled that you are getting them and others to stand up and support the eco actions or eco issue that you are cheering about. Some of the participants that we thought were annoyed have told us afterwards that they wish more people would have stood up and cheered.
It's time for more of us on Team XOEarth to holler and cheer and even boo too - to show support for our side, to show disdain for our opponents, and to have a good time while we are saving our biosphere.
After all, thousands of people jam the stadiums so they can yell out loud for their team. Not only is it fun to cheer out loud for the team, it's also good for our Team XOEarth spirit, and it's a good way to invite others to join and play on Team XOEarth. Let's show 'em that our eco logical game is the best game on Earth.
Create and seek out new ways to challenge and honor managers, employees, customers, residents or neighbors for taking their eco logical actions. However, your environmental awards, XOEarth Awards, cool moves or your other classics will always be good to go.
Ideas for the Sustainability Manager
+ Start, upgrade and manage recycling stations and systems to reduce resource use.
+ Start, upgrade and manage the compost system to reduce methane greenhouse gas emissions.
+ Encourage and coordinate programs that conserve resources, such as water, paper, electricity, natural gas, gasoline and jet fuel.
+ Study up and then suggest some fun energy saving tricks and tips.
+ Offer your opinion on how to make a business's products more sustainable.
+ Help businesses and others offset their carbon footprint via xoearth.org/Carbon-Offset.
+ Show a business how to donate part of their profits to non-profit environmental organizations via xoearth.org/Carbon-Offset.
+ Show managers and others how to carbon offset the transportation fuel used at XOEarth.org/Carbon-Offset.
+ Start and run biking, carpool and bus incentive projects.
+ Encourage organic and plant-based foods in cafes and break rooms.
+ Start and maintain food gardens outside or inside. Use hoop-domes in winter.
+ Help businesses and others divest from fossil fuel companies, and then invest ecologically and ethically.
+ Install smart thermostats to reduce energy waste - such as the Nest system.
+ Clean refrigerator and appliance coils, and heater filters.
+ Honor and reward those who use public transit, carpool and efficient vehicles.
+ Encourage and honor employees and customers for their personal eco choices.
+ Help business find ways to reduce airline travel - such as via teleconferences.
+ Encourage and help facilitate citizen participation and voting during election times.
+ Insulate windows, door, fridge and hot H2O lines.
+ Facilitate a professional energy audit for the business or home.
+ Learn to do and offer a simple energy audit.
+ Help a business or neighbor find companies to do sustainable repairs, upgrades and remodels.
+ Check oven and refrigerator gaskets.
+ Install LED lights.
+ Set water heater at 120-130F, refrigerator at 37F, freezer at 3F.
+ Put up stylish clothes lines.
+ Organize, and maintain sustainability structures.
+ Paint roofs white in hot climates to keep buildings cooler.
For another cool eco action list go to our xoearth.org/Works page. If you have a suggestion for this list, tell us.
Contact Stele at xoearth.org/Contact or search Google if you would like more info or help.
Good luck and we hope you have fun working as a Sustainability Coach + Manager.
For all the life, Stele Ely
+ Chief sustainability officer: The chief sustainability officer, sometimes known by other titles, is the corporate title of an executive position within a corporation that is in charge of the corporation's "environmental" programmes. / wikipedia.org
+ The Colorado University MENV Sustainability Planning and Management specialization will prepare students to design and implement sustainability initiatives. / colorado.edu
+ Sustainable management: Sustainable management takes the concepts from sustainability and synthesizes them with the concepts of management. Sustainability has three branches: the environment, the needs of present and future generations, and the economy. / wikipedia.org
+ Sustainability and environmental management: At the global scale sustainability and environmental management involves managing the oceans, freshwater systems, land and atmosphere, according to sustainability principles. / wikipedia.org
+ What a true ESPN of sustainability would look like. / greenbiz.com
+ Is a Sustainability Career on Your Green Horizon? / James Hamilton / Bureau of Labor Statistics .gov
+ The Three Keys to a Successful Sustainability Program / greenbiz.com
+ From Green Cheerleader to Environmental Leader / greendallas.net
+ Services a Sustainability Cheerleader + Manager may offer. / xoearth.org/Works
+ Sustainability Management Students Gain the Skills to Change the World / Earth Institute / youtube.com
+ Housed within the American University Kogod School of Business, the master's in sustainability management is a new program offering students an education at the intersection of business administration, environmental science and public policy. / youtube.com
+ Current Sustainability jobs listings / indeed.com
+ CU Denver graduate student Carrie Paykoc interviews Director of Sustainability for Boulder Community Hospital, Kai Abelkis. / youtube.com
If you want your name added to our xoearth.org/Works. LinkedIn page as a Sustainability Coaches + Manager, we ask you to donate 1% of what you make to your favorite non-profit environmental organization. More info about that at xoearth.org/Works.
Our planet and our future needs more people who are willing to go into businesses un-announced to call on managers, employees and customers to take actions that are more environmental or more eco ethical. Use
Even if you know you will not get hired by an un-ethical business that is killing our planet, use your environmental awards and your Sustainability Coach tools to encourage them to do the right thing.
Thanks for [buying carbon offsets] for the planet this week
Thanks for keeping our sweet planet sweet
Thanks for [riding your bike/the bus/carpooling to work] this week
Thanks for saving our planet's ecology
Thanks for [donating 1% for the planet] this week
Thanks for keeping our sweet planet sweet
Thanks for [slowing down climate change/the hurricanes/the wildfires this week
Thanks for saving our planet for you and me
Thanks for …
Go Team Earth - let's make our business [or home] green
Go Team Earth - for all the beings of the future
Go Team Earth - for all the life that loves to live
Go Team Earth - for all the children not yet born
Go Team Earth - for all the lovers yet to kiss
Go Team Earth - reduce, reuse, recycle
Go Team Earth - for the oceans, rivers, forests, air, soil and climate
Go Team Earth …
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