How It Works
Work Green is a network of campus workplaces committed to improving the sustainability of their day-to-day operations. Led by a "champion" in their workplace, colleagues collaborate to adopt new, greener practices that reduce use of resources like energy, water, minimize waste and consider the most sustainable options for purchases and commuting. The workplace is recognized for their leadership with certification as a member, bronze, silver or gold participant.
Workplaces can be as small as two individuals or as large as 20 or more. If a workplace is very large, it can be divided into two or more smaller groups--friendly competition between groups can motivate progress.
The Office of Sustainability supports the Champions with newsletters and other educational resources to share with their colleagues. Quarterly network meetings of Work Green champions provide an opportunity to share challenges and successes and to identify what additional resources are needed from the Office of Sustainability to support their work. Small grants are available to help Work Green units invest in the adoption of greener practices (e.g., the purchase of reusable dishes and cutlery).
Are you ready to champion sustainability in your workplace? Sign up! (see tab above)
Before signing up, a workplace needs to have identified their "champion", the person who will act as a liaison between their workplace and the Office of Sustainability. You also need to decide how large a group will work together as a Work Green workplace. It can be as small as two individuals or as large as 20 or more. If your workplace is very large, you might want to divide it into two or more smaller groups. It may be easier to implement change in a smaller group. Multiple small groups within a larger unit can engage in friendly competition.
To sign up:
- Obtain the permission of your supervisor.
- Print and complete this form. Your supervisor's signature will be required.
- Scan the signed, completed form and e-mail it to the Work Green program.
- Wait to be contacted by the Office of Sustainability to arrange an introductory meeting.
If you prefer to learn more about the program before signing up, a meeting with the Work Green Coordinator can be arranged. To set up a meeting, please email email@example.com.
- Download the Group and Individual checklist files (see Resources tab above);
- Distribute the Individual checklist to everyone in the workplace who wishes to participate;
- Complete the Group checklist for your office;
- Send the Group and any completed Individual checklists to the Office of Sustainability.
The Office of Sustainability provides a certificate (member, bronze, silver or gold) to the workplace and to every individual who completed a checklist. The workplace and its level of certification will be posted on the Work Green website and will be announced in the Work Green newsletter.
These tip sheets are sent out in each Work Green monthly newsletter, but are available for your regular use here.
|January:||Paper Cups||February:||EPEAT Electronics||March:||Phantom Load|
|July:||Volunteer||August:||Reduce Paper Use||September:||Bus|
|October:||GHGs||November:||Bottled Water||December:||Buy Local|
The Office of Sustainability offers free Energy Awareness Training Session for any interested colleges, departments, divisions or units on campus. The half-day session includes:
- Information on current energy initiatives on campus;
- Information on simple methods to reduce energy consumption;
- On-site demonstrations;
- Links to on-campus resources.
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to arrange an Energy Awareness Training Session for your workplace.