Campus departments recognized as 'green offices' by Center for Sustainability

The Center for Sustainability recently recognized efforts by campus departments to reduce their environmental impacts. During an Earth Day celebration, 17 campus units were recognized as “green offices” through a program administered by the center.

Developed by KU’s Sustainability Ambassador Network, the Green Office Recognition Program was established to raise awareness about sustainable practices in the office and highlight efforts to create more sustainable workspaces at KU.

Participants in the program complete an application that identifies specific actions their offices are taking, including 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 their overall level of achievement, with Level 3 Green Offices reaching the highest level of recognition. Departments that were recognized by the program include:

Level 1

• Business and Financial Planning

• Comptroller’s Office

• Parking and Transit

• School of Business

• Office of the Associate Vice Provost for Finance, Associate Vice Provost for Operations and Chief Information Officer

• Office of the Vice Provost for Student Success

• Recreation Services

Level 2

• Department of Student Housing

• Environment, Health and Safety

• Information Technology

• Kansas Biological Survey

• Legal Services for Students

• KU Dining Services

• Natural History Museum and Biodiversity Institute

• Office of Institutional Research and Planning

• Office of the Provost

• School of Law

Departments recognized at the event were assisted by students in the Environmental Studies Capstone Project course. In addition to working on the Green Office Application, the students performed a mini energy audit and provided recommendations for additional actions that could be taken to reduce energy consumption and green the workplace.

Green Offices recognized this spring join 12 additional offices that were recognized as charter members of the program during a fall 2010 ceremony.

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