Work Green Improvements and Updates
Work Green Program Update
We want to make Work Green even better for our staff on campus, so we've taken two important steps to improve the program:
- We've made it easier to become a Work Green Sustainability Champion, and
- We're putting out an open call for staff to tell us more about what they want from Work Green.
We want to hear from USask staff about how they want sustainability to work on campus. What kind of help and resources do you need? What kind of changes do you want to see in your workplaces? What kind of programs should we be offering to make it easier for staff to improve sustainability at the university?
If you're not already a member, head over to the submission link below and sign up. If you are a member, we want to hear your thoughts on what would make the program even better at email@example.com.
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!
We've made it easier to become a sustainability champion in your workgroup!
Simply submit your campus e-mail below to register and our Community Engagement Co-ordinator will contact you shortly to confirm your registration.
- Download the Group and Individual checklist files (see Resources);
- Distribute the Individual checklist to everyone in the workplace who wishes to participate;
- Complete the Group checklist on behalf of 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.
Work Green Gold Offices
- College of Medicine, Biomedical Sciences Main Office
- College of Medicine, Dean's Office
- Connection Point
- International Office
- Office of the President
- Office of the Provost, Faculty Relations
- Office of the VP Academic
- Research Services and Ethics Office
- Office of the University Secretary
Work Green Silver Offices
- College of Nursing
- Consumer Services, Director's Office
- Financial Services, Financial Reporting
- FMD, Office of Sustainability
- International Student and Study Abroad Centre
- Library Collection Services
- Protective Services, Patrol
- University Archives and Special Collections
- VPTL, Service Team
Work Green Bronze Offices
- Consumer Services, Parking and Transportation
- Institutional Planning and Assessment
- School of Environment and Sustainability Staff
Work Green Certified Offices
- Arts and Science, Administrative Commons
- Centre for the Study of Co-operatives
- CCDE Prince Albert Campus
- CCDE, Conferences and Event Registration Services
- CCDE, Distance Education Unit,
- CCDE, Language Centre,
- CCDE, VPTL Services
- College of Education Dean's Office
- College of Medicine, Division of Social Accountability
- College of Medicine, Undergraduate Office
- Consumer Services, Bookstore
- Consumer Services, Culinary Services
- Consumer Services, Residence Services
- Department of Biology
- Department of Computer Science
- Department of Geography and Planning
- Department of Indigenous Studies
- FMD, Administrative Support
- FMD, AVP Office
- FMD, Customer Service Centre
- FMD, ICT
- FMD, Space Management and Planning
- Financial Services, AVP Office
- Financial Services, Payment Services
- Graduate Student's Association
- Health Science, Supply Centre
- Library, Dean's Office
- Library, Health Sciences
- Library, Law
- Library, Science
- Office of the Vice-President, Faculty Relations
- Safety Resources
- University Relations, Administrative Support
- University Relations, Development
- Veterinary Medicine, Microbiology
Be sure to fill out these checklists and submit them to the Office of Sustainability to receive your Work Green certification.
The Vacation Checklist is a list of reminders to help you continue to Work Green even while enjoying your time off.
Use these helpful resources to help remind your coworkers to Work Green.
Reusable Plateware and Cutlery Poster
These posters and links can help you and your coworkers better understand how to minimize waste at your workplace.
These external links to helpful calculators can help you measure your workplace's environmental footprint.
Measure environmental impacts and find best paper choice.
Personal Ecological Footprint
What are your biggest areas of resource consumption?
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|
Check out our fantastic video series, "Dany Bleeds Green", at our YouTube channel!
Small grants of up to $300 are available to help Work Green units invest in the adoption of greener practices (e.g., the purchase of reusable dishes and cutlery).
If you have any questions regarding the grants, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com if you would like to arrange an Energy Awareness Training Session for your workplace.
Visit our Workshops and Professional Development page to learn more about the workshops offered through the Office of Sustainability.
If your workplace would like a presentation on sustainability or any related topics, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Work Green Labs
The next major Work Green initiative being spearheaded by the Office of Sustainability is Work Green Labs, a sustainability champions program aimed at laboratory spaces across campus. These complicated workplaces are being looked at with a critical eye and will be addressed in specific detail through this new program.
Check back in the future to find more information as it becomes available.