The KU Center for Sustainability Green Office program recognizes campus departments and offices that are making an effort to reduce environmental impacts and create a more sustainable workplace. Participants in the program must complete an application that identifies specific workplace behaviors and choices. The list includes strategies for cutting energy consumption, reducing waste and making environmentally preferable purchases. Each action is assigned a point value, and an applicant's total score determines the overall level of achievement.
Offices that achieve Green Office status are recognized during the Sustainability Leadership Awards in April. They can display the Green Office emblem in their offices, on their website and in office publications.
Note: Reapplication is required every 2 years in order to maintain an active Green Office status. The renewed status ensures that offices are keeping up with their best practices, and many find that they have improved since they first applied.
There is still time to become a 2015 Green Office. Offices that apply by August 31, 2015 will receive a 2015 certificate and be recognized after the fact at the 2016 Sustainability Leadership Awards. Applications submitted after this date will be eligible for receipt of a 2016 certificate at the April award ceremony. All applications must be submitted by email by clicking the "Submit by Email" button at the top of the application. Offices must also assign a Sustainability Ambassador in order to participate in the program.
Download Green Office Application (pdf)
Levels of recognition are as follows:
- Level 1: 25-50 Points
- Level 2: 51-75 Points
- Level 3: 76+ Points