Within ACCG, Standing Work Groups providing the routine organizational functions of the ACCG. These work groups are currently Administration, Planning, and Operations.
The administrative function provides management for executing the policies and decisions of the governance function, assures documentation and management of the organizations’ information and records, manages the balance between the organization’s different functions, oversees accountability, develops and manages procedures for the policies and practices of the ACCG. It provides key coordination of communications and documentation through the management information system. The ACCG Administration Work Group is responsible for this organizational function. The Work Group consists of no fewer than five (5) willing signatories or representatives appointed by the ACCG members.
- Agenda development includes but is not limited to collecting and reviewing supporting materials for agenda items, commenting on and/or recommending actions on items as appropriate, coordinating regular status and monitoring reports on ACCG approved standing or ad hoc work group activities.
- The administration work group also researches, deliberates and recommends on issues of policy, procedure and other items referred to it by the ACCG.
- The work group also recommends training activities to improve members’ abilities to participate effectively and to be able to cooperatively self-organize projects that implement ACCG supported activities.
The planning function provides research and analysis for policy and program development, designs implementation projects consistent with approved policy and resources reasonably available, prepares project proposals, drafts position papers and assesses opportunities. The Planning Work Group is responsible to the ACCG for this function. The Work Group consists of no fewer than three (3) willing signatories or representatives appointed by the ACCG.
- The work group establishes its own meeting schedule as and when needed to research, deliberate and recommend on issues of strategic and implementation planning, monitoring and evaluation for ACCG supported projects and other items referred to it by the Group.
- The work group assesses planning, monitoring, and evaluation needs and provides background and recommendations to ACCG meetings.
- They oversee and maintain a comprehensive ACCG public archive (database) of available information (e.g. reports, studies, plans, data, analysis, surveys, etc.) related to local healthy and sustainable natural environments, communities and economies.
- They assess and coordinate planning and reporting issues that may arise between projects to minimize duplication of effort or working at cross-purposes.
- The planning work group also acts as the liaison contact with regional, state, federal and corporate entities as appropriate for coordinating planning and research activities.
- They oversee a long-term ACCG effort to identify and/or develop metrics and best practices for monitoring and measuring local indicators for a healthy and sustainable equilibrium between local natural environments, communities and economies.
- The work group seeks and shares information about funding opportunities applicable to initiatives or project plans supported by the ACCG.
The operations functions are the practical work of applying effective processes to tasks that when successfully accomplished result over time in the organization’s purpose and desired strategic outcomes. The Operations Work Group is responsible to the ACCG for this organizational function. The Work Group consists of no fewer than three (3) willing signatories or representatives appointed by the ACCG.
- The work group establishes its own meeting schedule as and when needed to research, deliberate and recommend on issues of operations and best practices in ACCG activities.
- The work group monitors the activities of the practical work done to implement ACCG initiatives or supported projects.
- They oversee a long-term project of the ACCG for assessing and sharing operational continuous quality improvement (CQI) resources for members to share, learn from and improve cooperative self-organizing of projects intended to improve the health and sustainability of local natural environment, community or economies.