Green your Office!

Author: Sean Gervais


The Green Office Certification is an initiative from the Office of Sustainability designed to engage faculty and staff with the University’s strategic goals of reducing carbon emissions by 50% per square foot and increasing waste diversion to 67%, both by 2030.

The certification process covers five categories: education, energy, waste, transportation, and purchasing. Points can be earned for actions such as using smart strips, regularly reminding co-workers to be green through email, using reusable towels, and encouraging the use of public transportation or carpooling. Partial credit is available, as well as ‘innovation’ credit for creative solutions to further sustainability efforts above and beyond the requirements.

There are three levels of certification: Leaf One, Leaf Two, and Leaf Three. Leaf One denotes that 40% of the total points available have been received, Leaf Two denotes 75% of the points, and Leaf Three denotes 95% plus at least one innovation point. Certified offices have the opportunity to re-certify in future years in order to increase their rating.

In order to be certified, an office will be audited by a member of the Office of Sustainability’s staff based on the checklist available here. To initiate the process for your own office, please complete the checklist and submit it to the Office of Sustainability. If you have questions, please email us at any time.