Green Office Program

CU-Boulder is pleased offer a campus sustainability program for faculty and staff. The educational program integrates many of CU’s campus sustainability initiatives, including transportation, purchasing, recycling, and energy. The program has environmental and financial impacts with very little time commitment. The faculty/ staff campus sustainability program is coordinated by the CU Environmental Center and has two components: Department Eco-Leaders (Individuals) and the Green Office Certification (Departments).

For information on the Green Office Program, email greenoffice (at) colorado.edu or call 303-492-8308

The 5 Steps of Green Office Certification


1. Designate an Eco-Leader

-A representative willing to facilitate the certification process, share E-Center news, and orient new staff and faculty to your office's sustainable practices.

2. Complete the Green Office Self-Assessment Tool

-It's an easy to use Excel Spreadsheet.  Just insert your office or department’s information, and it will automatically calculate your points.

-Call Keely Wray, Green Office Program Coordinator, at 303-492-8308 if you have questions or need assistance or have problems with the file format.

-Submit via email to *Please save your assessment as "departmentname_GOSAT"

3. Verification Visit

-Schedule a walk-through of your office with the Green Office Program Coordinator (takes approximately 30 minutes). This is a great time to ask questions.

4. Recommendations

-Receive list of practices to implement and better understand your office's sustainable strengths and areas of improvement.

-Make improvements where you can!

5. Schedule a Green Office Training Presentation

-Informational presentation on recycling, transportation, energy, and purchasing. It is one hour long, and is for all staff in the department. *It seems to be easiest to schedule this presentation during a staff meeting. 

Congratulations, you are now a certified Green Office!  

Following completion of the 5 steps to certification, the scores from your self-assessment will be posted on the Environmental Center Website under the Green Office Program section.  Certified offices and departments receive recognition on an annual press release and a certificate at the annual campus environmental awards ceremony. The Green Office logo will be available for posting on any appropriate printed materials and website.

Improve your score!

Keep us posted on the improvments you make during or after certification.  After completing the certification process, you will have the option to update your self-assessment if you have implemented new sustainable practices.