A program of the Division’s Department of Environmental Safety, Sustainability and Risk, the Green Office Program seeks to involve faculty and staff members in University-wide sustainability initiatives. Launched in 2011, the program just celebrated its five-year anniversary and boasts nearly 150 participating offices across campus.
Participating offices can choose between three tiers of certification: Bronze, Silver and Gold. While the Bronze level features free and quick actions (for example, turning off lights when leaving a room), the Silver level may incur some small costs (purchasing kitchen supplies in bulk). Gold certification requires even greater investments of time and money, but has a higher return in terms of environmental impact and cost savings over time.
Gloria Coates, Green Office Representative for the Office of the Comptroller, described some of the actions her office takes to be more sustainable. They include shutting computers down completely at the end of the day (monitors, too!), recycling all paperwork, and using windows as a source of natural light when possible. Her office is currently certified at the Silver level.
Several other offices in the Division of Administration and Finance support this effort:
Office of the Comptroller - Payroll
Facilities Management - Capital Projects
Facilities Management - Facilities Planning
Procurement & Strategic Sourcing
Procurement & Strategic Sourcing - Physical Distribution Center
Bronze Certified Offices
Silver Certified Offices
Department of Environmental Safety, Sustainability & Risk
Facilities Management - Administrative Services
Gold Certified Offices
Currently a Bronze-certified office, the Office of the Vice President for Administration and Finance saves single-sided paper for reuse, provides reusable dishware in the kitchen for meetings, and participates in the “Can the Can” challenge, which creates awareness about office waste. Other actions include submitting a Green Office story, maintaining plants in the office to promote better air quality, and purchasing 100% recycled paper.
Interested in joining the Green Office Program?
Sign up to be a GO Rep today! There are plenty of easy steps that your office can take to help decrease our campus carbon footprint and “go green.” And if your office is already participating in the program, pledge to become certified at the next level, or challenge another office to participate. We’ll only meet our campus sustainability goals with everyone’s support.