Green Office Certification

What is the Green Office Program? 

The Green Office Programis a certification process that helps Florida State University employees identify ways to make their workplace more sustainable and recognizes offices for their sustainability achievements!

FSU’s commitment to campus sustainability is outlined in The Future is Florida State: Strategic Plan 2017-2022. In accordance with Goal VI, Excellence and Education, Florida State will incorporate sustainable living practices into all FSU activities. The University will incorporate practices that reduce its overall footprint and build a University-wide culture of environmental care in the following sectors:

  1. Climate Action: Reduce greenhouse gas footprint through energy conservation and efficiency. 
  2. Waste Minimization: Maximize 3Rs principles.
  3. Resource Stewardship: Expand commitment to best practices that prioritize the protection of the North Florida ecosystem.
  4. Education for Sustainability: Ensure all students have access to sustainability-related learning experiences. 

With your support, FSU workplaces can reduce resource use, produce less waste, and enjoy cost savings through actionable sustainability measures! In collaboration with Sustainable Campus, offices across the University are encouraged to evaluate their current practices and develop a Green Office certification timeline and action plan.

What are the benefits of becoming Green Office Certified? 

  • Strategic Plan contribution –Your office will help FSU reach its sustainability goals!
  • Publicity and recognition – Your Green Office designation will be highlighted on the Sustainable Campus website, social media, and other related publications!
  • Green Office decal – Your office will receive a Green Office sticker, which can be posted in your workplace for all FSU students, employees, and visitors to see!

How can my office become Green Office Certified?

Getting your office certified is easy – just follow these steps: 

Step 1: Identify your office’s Green Office Liaison. This person will represent your office and collaborate with the Green Office Coordinator. 

Step 2: Build a Green Team. In addition to the Green Office Liaison, identify other members of office who are committed to making sustainable changes in the workplace. 

Step 3: Self-evaluate your office’s current practice susing the Green Office Checklist.

Step 4: Contact the Green Office Coordinator at sustainablecampus@fsu.edu to set up an in-person consultation. During the meeting, the Coordinator will tour your office facilities, discuss the results of your self-evaluation, and help you identify new ways to incorporate sustainability practices into your workplace. 

Step 5: Complete the Green Office Form online to finalize the documentation process and become Green Office Certified!

After your documentation is completed, you will receive one of three designations: Green, Garnet, or Gold! Green Office certification lasts for two years.

How does the point system work? 

The Green Office Check List is a collection of initiatives that make up a more sustainable workplace. Each initiative has a different point value based on the level of behavior change required.

  • 1 point: Initiative promotes education or shares information OR encourages but does not require behavior change. 
  • 2 points: Initiative requires behavior change through measurable actions. 
  • 3+ points: Initiative requires a culture change of the office system. 

During Step 3 of the certification process, Green Office Liaisons should use the Check List to self-evaluate current office practices. For each initiative, Liaisons should identify whether the office is practicing, pursuing, or not pursuing the Check List item based on the guidelines below:

Level

Description

Practicing

An action that your office already practices.

Pursuing

An action that your office does partially or plans to implement further in the future.

Not Pursuing

An action that your office does not plan to implement or cannot implement due to any number of constraints. 

Innovation Points

Offices can be recognized for relevant practices that are not included in the checklist through the innovation points system. For any additional innovative action related to sustainability that’s not currently listed on the checklist, your office will receive 3 points (15 points maximum). 

Examples of innovation points include: 

  • The office rents a bed in the Seminole Organic Garden.
  • The Green Fund and related opportunities are utilized by the workplace for sustainability-related collaboration with students and other academic departments. 

Who should I contact if I have a question about the Green Office Program?

For any questions or concerns, contact the Green Office Coordinator at sustainablecampus@fsu.edu!

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