Encouraging offices across all WUSTL campuses to be champions of our university sustainability ethic.
Presented by the Office of Sustainability and Resource Management, the Green Offices Program is a point-based, self-assessment checklist with which offices can assess their current practices, set goals and be recognized for their sustainable practices.
As participants complete the checklist, points are automatically tallied. When an office earns points above a set threshold, it will be certified as a Green Office.
The checklist is broken down into seven sustainability categories:
There are eight steps to participation:
- Define office space and elect a Green Offices Representative.
- An office can be defined as 3-20 people who share office equipment (large offices can be broken down into more manageable groups).
- Register your office by filling out this quick form.
- Orient yourself (and your office) to the program by downloading the Green Offices Program Introduction (PDF).
- Download the Green Office checklist (XLS).
- Work with your office to complete the checklist. It will be helpful to reach out to office members to get a sense of current individual practices and to raise awareness about more sustainable practices.
- Email checklist to the Office of Sustainability.
- The Office of Sustainability will review the completed checklist and confirm the certification level. See details about certification levels.
- Offices must be re-certified annually but have the option of re-submitting the checklist every 3 months to allow recognition for improvements. See Certification Levels for more details.
“Green Offices is a great way to keep sustainability on our radar and remind us that in our everyday ecosystem of the office we can choose to act better and with intention, to act responsibly.”
-Rachel Binstock, SU Executive Advisor for Sustainability
“I asked my colleagues to bring to the office their at-home conservation and recycling practices by turning off their lights, monitors and printers and to use the recycling bins.”
-Christine Berry, Continuing Medical Education
“Office environments throughout the university’s campuses are major consumers of energy and materials and significant contributors to our waste stream. The Green Office Program is a framework and set of resources that has the potential to significantly reduce the environmental footprint of our university community.”
-Phil Valko, Director of Sustainability
The program has five levels of certification automatically calculated as you fill out the checklist. After completing the checklist, the Office of Sustainability will confirm your certification level:
- Platinum: 90% +
- Gold: 80%
- Silver: 65%
- Bronze: 50%
- Registered: below 50%
Office of Sustainability will also provide Certified Green Offices with corresponding badges for use on their website, email signature, etc., to promote the certification level they have achieved.
Offices will be required to re-submit checklists annually. After downloading the latest version of the checklist from the website, re-submit on the quarterly date (Jan 1, Apr 1, July 1, and Oct 1) that immediately follows your original submission date and send it to email@example.com.
Quarterly re-submissions are an opportunity to increase your certification level if you have made significant changes in your office on a short time scale. Offices have the option to re-submit as soon as three months after receiving confirmation of their original certification level.
In order to celebrate offices that have made strides to reduce their environmental footprint, the Office of Sustainability will recognize certified Green Offices in a number of ways:
- Supply an icon that can be used on email signatures or the department website
- Provide a plaque/certificate for office
- Inclusion on the “Green Offices” list on the Office of Sustainability’s website
Each plaque is truly one-of-a-kind.
The Green Office certification plaques are hand-made in St. Louis out of reclaimed lumber with the design laser-cut directly into the wood using less material and creating a unique look. The simple glass tiles are made from the two most abundant elements on our planet, silicon and oxygen, and the wood is finished with a zero-VOC natural oil. The plaques embody the values of sustainability that they are recognizing in the recipients.
- Room 167 (Medical Campus)
- Design and Construction Business Office (Medical Campus)
- Orthopedic Surgery Insurance Billings & Collections (Medical Campus)
- Career Center (Danforth Campus)
- Earth and Planetary Sciences Department (Danforth Campus)
- Department of Anthropology (Danforth Campus)
- University Registrar (Danforth Campus)
- University Accounting and Reporting (North Campus)
- Environmental Health & Safety (West Campus)
- Engineering Student Services (Danforth Campus)
- FMD Supply Room (Medical Campus)
- Purchasing Services (North Campus)
- Quadrangle Housing Services (North Campus)
- Campus Card Services (Danforth Campus)
- Engineering Finance and Human Resources (Danforth Campus)
- Human Resources (West Campus)
- DUC Event & Management (Danforth Campus)
- Internal Audit & Compliance (Linsey Griffen)
- Office for International Students & Scholars (Danforth Campus)
- Neurology Education Office (Medical Campus)
- Orthopedic Surgery (Medical Campus)
- Otolaryngology Accounting (Medical Campus)
- Payroll Services (North Campus)
- Pediatric Surgery Clinic (Medical Campus)
- Physicians Billing Service (West Campus)
- Prevention Research Center (Medical Campus)
- Psychology Department Administration (Danforth Campus)
- Radiation Safety (Medical Campus)
- Office of Residential Life (Danforth Campus)
- Sam Fox School Student Services (Danforth Campus)
- Continuing Medical Education (Medical Campus)
- Campus Operations (Danforth Campus)
- Law School Office of Administration and Finance (Danforth Campus)
- Accounting Operations (North Campus)
- Biochemistry & Molecular Biophysics (Medical Campus)
- Graduate School of Arts & Sciences (Danforth Campus)
- Olin Graduate Programs (Danforth Campus)
- Student Financial Services (Danforth Campus)
- Environmental Health & Safety – Olin Hall (Medical Campus)
- Institute for Public Health (Medical Campus)
Email the Office of Sustainability at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.