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Theme Tracks

Theme Tracks are conferences within a conference, delving deep into a cutting-edge topic or trend and are designed to appeal to practitioners and academics. For each theme there will be multiple integrated sessions (e.g., invited speakers, panels, debates) scheduled back-to-back throughout the day in the same room. You may stay all day to take advantage of the comprehensive programming and obtain continuing education credits for participation in the full track or you may choose to attend just sessions of most interest to you.

Saturday Theme Track

Thursday Theme Track (Session 26)

Managing HR for Environmental Sustainability
5 CE credits for attending entire program

Learning Objectives:
1. Describe the role(s) of Human Resources and/or industrial/organizational psychologists in supporting environmental sustainability in organizations.
2. Describe the different ways in which employees contribute to and detract from environmental sustainability at work.
3. List different ways in which leaders play a role in organizational sustainability efforts.
4. Compare approaches to increase environmental sustainability taken by different organizations.
5. Create plans for approaches or interventions with the goal of engaging employees in sustainability efforts.

Keynote Address: A Journey in Environmental Sustainability. Dominique Conseil, President, Aveda Corporation.

Symposium: Green HR: Environmentally Sustainable Organizations, Jobs, and Employees. 
As world economies and organizations move toward greater environmental sustainability, I-O psychologists are positioned to aid in these efforts. Presenters will offer thought-provoking discussion on strategic human resource management approaches, understanding of green jobs and industries, organizational approaches to sustainability, and new scholarly findings about employee behaviors that support these efforts.
Chair: Stephan Dilchert, Baruch College.

• Greening Strategic HRM Scholarship. Susan E. Jackson, Rutgers University.
• Greening of the World of Work: Implications for Career Development and the O*NET® System. Phil M. Lewis and David W. Rivkin, National Center for O*Net Development.
• Sustainability Business Practices in the Workplace: Prevalence, Methods, and Outcomes. Mark J. Schmit, SHRM.
• A Green Workforce: Understanding and Promoting Green Behaviors. Deniz S. Ones, University of Minnesota.

Symposium: Leading and Engaging Employees in Sustainable Organizations.
Leaders play an important role not only in setting organizational sustainability goals, but in shaping organizational culture and engaging employees to achieve these goals. Presentations in this session will highlight developmental experiences and individual leader characteristics that relate to environmental concern and also discuss organizational culture and employee engagement that support environmental efforts.
Chair: Cathy DuBois, Kent State University.

 Turning Business Leaders Into Global Citizens. Philip Mirvis, Boston College.
• Leadership and Change Within Environmental Movement Organizations. Carolyn P. Egri, Simon Fraser University.
• Values Relevant to Leader Decision Making: Is There a Neurological Basis for Environmental Concerns? David Waldman, Arizona State University.
• Employee Engagement for Sustainable Products and Processes. Kevin Nilan and Karen B. Paul, 3M.

Poster Session  (First authors only listed below.)

• The Parallel Challenges of Going Green and Promoting Safety: Perspectives from Small Construction Businesses. Thomas Cunningham, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health.
• Green Jobs: Environmental Benefits of the Virtual Office. Lance Andrews and Stephanie R. Klein, Previsor, Inc. 
• Green Business Practices: Doing Good and Looking Good. Chelsea Willness, University of Saskatchewan; Derek S. Chapman, University of Calgary; and David A. Jones, University of Vermont.
• Development of the Employee Green Motives Scale. Rachael Klein, University of Minnesota; Deniz S. Ones, University of Minnesota; Stephan Dilchert, Baruch College; and Brenton M. Wiernik, University of Minnesota.
• Green Company Rankings and Reporting of Pro-Environmental Efforts in Organizations. Susan D'Mello, University of Minnesota; Deniz S. Ones, University of Minnesota; Rachael Klein, University of Minnesota; Brenton M. Wiernik, University of Minnesota; and Stephan Dilchert, Baruch College.
• To Fly or Not to Fly: Motivational Barriers to Sustainable Corporate Travel. Elise Amel, University of St. Thomas; B. A. Scott, Macalester College; Christie M. Manning, Macalester College; Jake W. Forsman, University of St. Thomas; and C. R. Huber, University of St. Thomas.
• Age and Environmental Sustainability: A Meta-Analysis. Brenton Wiernik, University of Minnesota; Deniz S. Ones, University of Minnesota; and Stephan Dilchert, Baruch College.
• Attracting Talent Through “Green” Business Practices: A Theoretical Model. David Jones, University of Vermont and Chelsea R. Willness, University of Saskatchewan.
• Greener Pastures: Developing Career Exploration Tools for Green Jobs. Michael Anderson and Nicole Herk, CPP, Inc.
• Environmentally Friendly Employee Behaviors: Convergence of Self-Reports and Supervisory Ratings. Stephan Dilchert, Baruch College.
• Functional Motives for Environmental Behaviors: Findings from European Countries. Lauren Hill, University of Minnesota; Rachael Klein, University of Minnesota; Brenton M. Wiernik, University of Minnesota; Deniz S. Ones, University of Minnesota; Stephan Dilchert, Baruch College; and Susan D’Mello, University of Minnesota.
• Employee Green Behaviors: Comparisons Across Seven GLOBE Cultural Clusters. Andy Biga, Procter & Gamble; Stephan Dilchert, Baruch College; and A. Silke McCance, Procter & Gamble.

Symposium: Change Management and Interventions for Environmental Sustainability.
The topic of environmental sustainability is attracting increased attention in our national and international discourse. Despite its importance to managers, employees, customers and other stakeholders, however, there is very little scholarship that considers the role of human resource management systems in organizations striving to achieve environmental sustainability. In this presentation, I will describe several specific questions that such scholarship could address. By seeking answers to these questions, I-O psychologists could contribute to improved organizational effectiveness and at the same time develop new theoretical models that more adequately reflect the complexity of workplace phenomena.
Chair: Katherine Holt, Peakinsight LLC.

• Meta-Analysis of Pro-Environmental Behaviors in the Workplace. Richard Osbaldistan and Jaime Henning, Eastern Kentucky University.
• Creating an Engaged Workforce Through Sustainability. Ante Glavas, University of Notre Dame. 
• The Necessary Revolution: Individuals and Organizations Working Together to Create a Sustainable World. Joe Laur, Greenopolis.

• Leading the Green Evolution in Our Organizations.  Katherine Holt, Peakinsight LLC.