January 2, 2012
Government Technology

Sometimes getting employees to accept new procedures is hard work. Rebecca Haug, environmental administrator for Elk River, Minn., has seen staff struggle with adopting conservation-minded practices in the workplace. “There are some staff who are reluctant to change,” she said. “You have that in any organization, and when you say, ‘You’re required to buy recycled-content paper,’ or ‘You’re required to turn off your computer at the end of the day,’ there were some struggles getting some staff members to see the value in doing that.” But that reluctance weakened in 2010 when Elk River joined the Minnesota GreenStep Cities program, which is designed to assist cities in adopting sustainable practices....

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