Office environments throughout Washington University in St. Louis’ 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.
Presented by the Office of Sustainability and Resource Management, WashU’s Green Office Program aims to encourage offices across all WashU campuses to be champions of our university’s sustainability ethic.
Participation is initiated through a point-based, self-assessment checklist with which offices can evaluate 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 achieve Green Office certification.
The Office of Sustainability is proud announce that the goal of certifying 100 offices by the end of 2017 has been exceeded: 103 offices are actively certified and 110 have been certified since 2012, when the program was initiated. Congratulations to all those who certified in 2017! We are now in the process of certifying and re-certifying offices for 2018. Review the steps below to get started.
How to Participate
- Define office space and elect a Green Office representative. An office is typically defined by physical location, where office equipment, common spaces, and purchasing resources and practices are shared. Large departments with multiple locations may be certified as separate offices.
- Orient yourself and your office to the program by downloading and reviewing the Introduction to the Green Office Program (PDF).
- Download the Green Office Checklist (2018) excel file and work with your office to complete the checklist. A survey customized to your office is available upon request to help collect information on individual practices. A kick off meeting is encouraged to raise awareness about sustainable practices and prepare office members for participation.
- The Office of Sustainability is available to support your certification process, by providing an initial or supplementary presentation, making recommendations and facilitating goal setting.
- Submit your checklist HERE. The Office of Sustainability will review your completed checklist and confirm your office’s certification level.
- Offices must be re-certified annually but have the option of resubmitting the checklist after three months to allow recognition for improvements. Certification lapse after 2 years without re-certification.
The Green Office program has four 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 percent and above
- Gold: 80 percent
- Silver: 65 percent
- Bronze: 50 percent
- Registered: below 50 percent (pre-certification)
To celebrate offices that have made strides to reduce their environmental footprint, the Office of Sustainability will recognize certified green offices by:
- Supplying an icon that can be used on the department website
- Providing a plaque/certificate for display at the office
- Including the office on the Office of Sustainability’s “Green Office” list
- Recognizing Green Office Liaisons at the annual Green Carpet Awards Ceremony