The Green Office Program engages staff, faculty and students in a voluntary, self-guided initiative that promotes best environmental practices at the University of Maryland. The program supports and promotes offices that are taking steps toward reducing their environmental footprint. A series of checklists and tools will guide you through three levels of certification. The program operates through a network of Green Office representatives (GO Reps) in offices across campus.
The goals of the program are to:
Why Participate? Being “green” is part of Terp culture. In 2008, the University Strategic Plan called on the campus to become a “national model for a green university.” The Green Office program will help the university achieve not only its strategic plan, but also its Climate Action Plan [hyperlink] goals. The program can save money and critical natural resources, such as energy, water and forests. True sustainability happens when it is embedded into our core operation and part of everyone’s job. The Green Office program engages everyone in taking steps towards a more sustainable future.
What is an office? Define your own office! An office is a work area (administrative, academic or service) that shares common areas and resources. It may include just one or all of the offices within a unit or division. You may have an office of 6 people or 60 people — all sizes are welcome to participate! Please include part-time and full-time staff, students (including interns) and faculty. Your office should include kitchens, meeting rooms, storage rooms and other commonly shared areas.
What will your Green Office Receive? Besides pride in a job well done and a greener, healthier planet, you will receive: