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Green Your Office


Green Office Certifcation

Thank you for your commitment to creating a more sustainable workplace!

Sustainable Carolina’s Green Office Certification Program recognizes departments who are making the effort to green their daily activities. Participating departments receive a certificate and are recognized on the Sustainable Carolina website for their contributions to a more sustainable community. Departments also will receive a window cling noting their medal status (bronze, silver, or gold) to serve as a publicity tool to promote the office’s dedication to sustainability. In addition, medal earning offices will be allowed to use the Green Office Certification logo in their own promotional material.

GREEN OFFICES

What is sustainability, exactly?
sus·tain·a·bil·i·ty [suh-stey-nuh-bil-i-tee]: noun

According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, sustainability is based on a simple principle: Everything that we need for our survival and well-being depends, either directly or indirectly, on our natural environment. Sustainability creates and maintains the conditions under which humans and nature can exist in a productive harmony in a way that permits present and future generations to maintain a high quality of social, economic, and ecological life. Sustainability is important to making sure that we have and will continue to have an adequate supply of water, materials, and resources to protect both human health and our environment.

What is a green office?

A green office integrates principles of sustainability into its everyday processes. Our green office plan incorporates:

  1. Recycling
  2. Solid waste reduction
  3. Reduced energy and water consumption
  4. Green purchasing and office maintenance
  5. Indoor air quality
  6. Green transportation
  7. Participation
  8. Innovation

STEPS TO COMPLETION

The Green Office Certification Program comprises this 2-page introductory document, an Excel checklist, and a Sustainability Survey. If you have any questions about the Green Office Certification Program, please email scgreenoffice@gmail.com.

STEP 1: Get all employees on board with the office’s commitment to sustainability Pledge. After everyone in your office is aware of the new commitment to sustainability, please send an email to scgreenoffice@gmail.com to notify Sustainable Carolina that your office is participating in the Green Office program. We then will create a record of your participation in the program and will be looking forward to your submission of the Green Office Checklist for your first certification.

STEP 2: Download the Green Office application here. While there are a handful of required items for the Green Office Certification, all other items are optional. As you complete the required items and work your way through the list completing additional items, you will see the trendbar at the top of the Excel sheet move toward bronze, silver, and gold Green Office Certification status. Not all items must be filled out, but the more items are completed, the higher your level of certification will be.

STEP 3: Each time your office reaches a new level of Green Certification, please submit the Excel document to Sustainable Carolina in an email entitled “Green Office Submission” directed to scgreenoffice@gmail.com.

When new employees join a Green Office, they should be oriented to the office’s sustainability policies and practices. The Green Office Program does not require a formal audit by Sustainable Carolina, although completion status is subject to periodic review. For more information about Sustainable Carolina, please visit sc.edu/green.

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