A Conversation: Small Steps Today For A Greener Year

By Neka Jordan on February 3, 2021

It’s the beginning of a new year and while I am fully focused on and blazing my new year’s resolution trail of self-improvement, I was reminded that self-improvement means nothing if our world is not able to sustain our way of life.

This awareness was triggered by a conversation with my co-worker, Catie Strickland, who is the leading voice (and force) of the Ecophoria® committee at Spectraforce, and one of our fearless leaders, Amit Singh. We talked about intentions and how creating a better, greener planet cannot only improve our own individual lives but directly impacts the quality of life for literally every person on this planet, as well as, those to come in the future.

With that in mind, I decided that I would be committed to making 2021 a greener year! Now…where do I start? I think that is the question that a lot of green newbies, like myself, might have. I researched a ton and found two areas of interest that I knew I could quickly change to make an impact. One being food and two beauty products! Both of which I just love!

Questions for myself

1. What am I doing on a day-to-day basis to make 2021 a greener year?

A: I am doing the following on a day-to-day basis to make 2021 a greener year:


  • Chemical-free, vegan, green beauty products
  • Expanding and growing my herb garden in the Spring
  • Following more in my husband’s footsteps and eating one vegetarian meal a week (maybe two)

I also spoke with members of our ECOPHORIA® team at Spectraforce to get a better idea of their expertise in the area and learn about what they have planned to make this year a greener year!

Questions & Answers from Catie Strickland, Associate, Client Relations, and Ecophoria® lead

1. What initially sparked your interest/passion in Environmental Sustainability? Why is it personally important to you?

A: My older brother was studying environmental science, which sparked my interest. I then subscribed to Greenpeace Magazine and was involved in the Sierra Club, which fostered and encouraged my interest. My passion for animals and people led me to study environmental science in college. After living and taking internships in Monteverde, Costa Rica, and getting involved in the community, I knew that not caring about the world would have a direct impact.

2. In your opinion, what are the 3 most important topics/issues/concerns to address regarding the S-word (i.e. sustainability) this year?

A: The 3 most important topics in my opinion are as follows:


  • Cancelling the Dakota Access Pipeline
  • Rejoining Paris Climate Agreement
  • Bridging the gap between science and your everyday sustainability advocates

3. What are you doing personally on a day-to-day basis to make 2021 a greener year?

A: To make 2021 a greener year: Have at least one “meatless” day a week. I have never been successful going full-on vegan/vegetarian but cutting back on meat still has a tangible impact.

I am also, committed to bridging the gap between science and the rest of the world. Many people are uncertain about our climate and human effects due to the scientific language being hard to understand so that is a real passion of mine for this year especially.

Questions & Answers from Amit Singh, CEO

1. Why is it important for Spectraforce to have a committee like Ecophoria® in place? 

A: I believe that our environment is equally important as our work and families. While our goal remains to change lives by bringing meaningful work opportunities for our candidates and creating an impact of Newjobphoria®, we also want to ensure that we make a lasting difference in the world that we all share. We will strive to create a sustainable future by advocating and educating environmentally responsible practices & processes in all that we do. This is why it is important for Spectraforce to have a committee like Ecophoria®.

2. What is the long-term goal…what would you be happy to see Spectraforce achieve as the Ecophoria® team evolves? 

A: I want Spectraforce to be a reputable voice in environmental responsibility. A change agent – inside out setting examples and helping reduce carbon footprint by pursuing actionable items. I believe we can do small actionable things such as each one of us plants 10 trees then we can collectively plant close to 6000 trees! Did you know, one mature tree can absorb up to 48 pounds of carbon per year from the atmosphere and release oxygen in exchange? The benefits don’t stop there: healthy trees hold the soil together, provide a home for wildlife, regulate temperatures, slow the flow of water through landscapes, grow vital foods and medicines, and more.

It is essential to take a closer look at the 3 pillars of ESG – Environmental, Social, and Governance (connected to equity, diversity).

Workforce diversity targets, an ESG issue that’s critical for an industry in which competitiveness requires innovation, fresh ideas, and creative thinking.

Social criteria examine how it manages relationships with employees, suppliers, customers, and the communities where it operates.

A balance of these pillars is what I would be happy to see the Ecophoria® team leading.

3. What are you doing personally on a day-to-day basis to make 2021 a greener year?  

A: I am doing small things to make my home more energy-efficient. I also intend to increase the use of locally grown foods and purchase from companies that are green/passionate about sustainability. My long-term goals are to install solar panels at home and begin riding my bike to work.

I hope our day-to-day intentions bring to light some activities you all can participate in. Collectively, these small steps can lead to an impactful greener year!

Small steps can start with these actions:


  • Research: Dive into articles and websites that provide information and ideas
  • Discuss: Don’t be afraid to have conversations with your friends, co-workers, and families about sustainability
  • Take Action: Sign-up and participate in non-profit organizations or community groups that are looking to make an environmental difference




Image courtesy of Canva


Interviewed: Catie Strickland, Associate Client Relations & Amit Singh, CEO


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