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Greening Nonprofits with Connect The Dots

Green becomes an integral part of a nonprofit's services by improving the community at the same time they provide humanitarian services. Connect The Dots makes it easier to go green.

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Connect the Dots disseminates environmental sustainability practices to nonprofit organizations to help organizations meet their social missions in an environmentally responsible manner. They provide the guidance nonprofit organizations need to realize their desire for environmental responsibility. Now nonprofit organizations can undertake the path towards sustainability and truly maximize their care for the communities they serve.

The Green Start Program

The Green Start program helps nonprofit organizations with:
  1. Waste Management
  2. Energy & Utilities
  3. Purchasing Policy
  4. Education & Outreach
The Connect the Dots consulting program, the Green Start program, concentrates on high impact, minimal effort conservation practices to "jumpstart" organizations towards sustainability.

Initially, they act as an extension of an organization’s staff, planning and taking action on its behalf, including scheduling audits with existing programs, creating action lists and implementing them, setting up and/or facilitating an internal “green team” group, developing a strategy, and setting up and monitoring savings.

Over time, as organizations acclimate to using our tools (e.g. action worksheets, monitoring tools, etc.), they take over their own planning, execution, and tracking of their green program.

For 3 months, Connect The Dots partners with nonprofits to serve as "personal trainers" to address the most beneficial greening processes:

Waste Management

Natural resources are precious. The primary focus is to grow a "culture of reduction" while increasing nonprofits' ability to divert waste from landfills.

Energy & Utilities

Energy, water, and carbon emission are the key issues of global warming. We leverage the expertise and services of local partners to identify, implement and track nonprofits' organizational footprint.

Environmentally-Preferred Purchasing Policy

The focus is reducing consumption with supporting the growing network of partners offering environmentally preferred products at competitive prices.

Education & Outreach

Connect The Dots combines education and outreach with facility changes to challenge the deep-rooted behaviors of the nonprofit staff, board members and constituents.

Tracking & Reporting

To promote ongoing changes, the Connect The Dots' methodology integrates planning and tracking tools to help nonprofits make informed decisions about environmental sustainability.
CONTACT:
Connect The Dots
1442 Florida Street
San Francisco, CA 94110
415.830.5858 or 888.666.0031
www.connectthedotsnetwork.org



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