Green Office Program

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.

The Office of Sustainability is proud announce that the goal of 100 certified offices by December 31, 2017 has been exceeded: 103 offices are actively certified; 110 have been certified since 2012, when the program was initiated. Congratulations to all those who are certified. We look forward to recognizing these offices and the Green Office Liaisons who helped us reach this ambitious goal.

2016 Green Carpet Awards

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 sustainability ethic.

The program is 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 be certified as a Green Office.

How to Participate

  1. Define office space and elect a Green Office representative. An office can be defined as three to 20 people who share office equipment. Large offices may be broken down into more manageable groups.
  2. Orient yourself and your office to the program by downloading and reviewing the Introduction to the Green Office Program (PDF).
  3. Download the Green Office Checklist (XLS) and work with your office to complete the checklist. It will be helpful to reach out to office members to get a sense of their current individual practices and to raise awareness about more sustainable practices.
  4. Email your completed checklist to The Office of Sustainability will review your completed checklist and confirm your office’s certification level.


The Green Office 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.

Green offices achievement seals for bronze, silver, gold and platinum.The five certification levels are:

  • Platinum: 90 percent and above
  • Gold: 80 percent
  • Silver: 65 percent
  • Bronze: 50 percent
  • Registered: below 50 percent

Offices must be recertified annually but have the option of resubmitting the checklist every three months after the first submission to allow recognition for improvements.

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 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

Certified Offices


  • Brown School Alumni and Development
  • Campus Card Services
  • Campus Operations
  • Housekeeping
  • Office of Socially Engaged Practice
  • Office of the Ombuds
  • Radiation Safety 2nd Floor (EHS)
  • Student Life Media
  • Tyson Reseach Center
  • WUIT-Media Services


  • 560 Music Building
  • Access Control Office
  • Board of Trustees
  • Campus Life (formerly DUC and Event Management Services)
  • Clinical Education Program (Law School)
  • Earth and Planetary Remote Sensing Laboratory
  • Edison Theatre
  • Engineering Alumni & Development
  • Engineering Student Services
  • Executive Vice Chancellor for Administration
  • Genetics Business Office
  • Gephardt Institute
  • Habif Health and Wellness Center
  • Kemper Art Museum Facilities & Security
  • McDonnell Center for the Space Sciences
  • Office of Residential Life
  • Office of the Chancellor
  • Office of the University Registrar
  • Physics Library
  • Prevention Research Center
  • Sam Fox Alumni & Development
  • Student Financial Services
  • The Teaching Center
  • WFF Services
  • Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
  • WU Police Department


  • Accounting Operations
  • Accounting Services
  • Administration & Finance for SEAS
  • Alumni & Development: Parent Programs & Athletics
  • Anthropology
  • Aramark – Administration
  • Arts & Sciences Alumni & Devolopment
  • Biological & Chemical Safety Division of EH&S
  • Brown School Library
  • Brown School Service Center
  • Cell Biology & Physiology Business Office
  • Center for Social Development
  • College of Arts and Sciences (Dean’s Office)
  • College Prep Program
  • Cornerstone
  • Department of Political Science
  • Dining Services
  • Environmental Health and Safety – West Campus
  • Environmental Management Facility, Danforth Campus
  • Environmental Studies
  • Government and Community Relations
  • Graduate Medical Education
  • Human Resources, Danforth Campus
  • Internal Audit and University Compliance
  • Jewish, Islamic & Near Eastern Languages & Cultures
  • Kranzberg Art and Architecture Library
  • Lifelong Learning Institute
  • Music – Danforth Campus
  • Office of Public Affairs
  • Office of Scholar Programs
  • Office of the Dean of Faculty of Arts & Sciences
  • Orthopedic Surgery
  • Payroll
  • Performing Arts Department
  • Physical Planning & Capital Projects
  • Professional Education
  • Purchasing Services
  • Quadrangle
  • Queller/Strassmann Research Group
  • Ronald Rettner Earth and Planetary Sciences Library
  • Student Union
  • Student Technology Services
  • WUSM Supply Room


  • African and African-American Studies
  • Alumni House Office
  • Brown School Admissions
  • CAM South County – Orthopedics
  • Central Services Mail Receiving
  • Chemistry Library
  • Department of Mathematics
  • ECD Medical School
  • Facilities Operations
  • Film and Media Archive (FMA)
  • InCEES
  • Infectious Diseases
  • John C. Danforth Center on Religion and Politics
  • Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science
  • Office of the Assistant Dean and Assistant Vice Chancellor for OFMD
  • Olin Library Admin Suite
  • Operations and Tech Transfer
  • Philosophy
  • Research Services
  • Shared Business Services Hub – Danforth Campus
  • Sponsored Projects Accounting
  • University College
  • Whittemore House


  • Shared Business Services Hub – North Campus


Since the program’s initiation in 2012, 110 offices have certified as a Green Office. However, certification lapses after two years. The above list presents the currently certified offices.