Environmental Studies Program


Date of this Version

Spring 5-2019


This paper summarizes the barriers Green Teams in a variety of settings may face. A survey was sent to members of a Green Team project at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) to obtain information on barriers faced in order to compare these barriers to other organizations and businesses barriers. This comparison was done by conducting a thematic analysis, which grouped barriers into themes. The themes were compiled and recommendations on how to overcome those barriers were made. Green Teams have many benefits including waste reduction, increased employee satisfaction, and saving the planet from further damage. This study tries to maximize these benefits by providing a resource to businesses and organizations that will allow them to prepare for possible barriers faced. Barriers found within the survey given to those at UNL were consistent with barriers found in literature, implying recommendations made can be applicable to a variety of environments. Important recommendations included getting administrative and corporate assistance, knowing obstacles, having consistent goals, spreading the word, making sustainability fun, and having prescheduled time for Green Teams to meet.