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The Green Office Certification is a simple yet effective way for OSU faculty and staff to further their sustainability efforts and get recognition for their work. It is also intended to provide new ideas for easy steps your office can take to reduce your environmental footprint and carbon emissions.
The Certification utilizes an online Qualtrics survey to assess existing office practices in areas like energy, water, waste management, purchasing, transportation and outreach.
The survey can be saved and continued at any time, allowing you to complete it at your own pace. Once you start a survey, you can access it from the same computer on which you started, using the same link. Within the survey you will find resources and links to aid your certification submittal.
Once data entry and analysis are complete, we will send your score and certification level, as well as recommendations for possible improvement.
For this program, "office" is user-defined with a flexible definition that may be synonymous with department. An office may be a small group or a larger organizational unit, but note that some Certification questions require broad engagement of unit personnel. In some cases, smaller offices may be good places to start, and can encourage others within a larger unit to become certified. Initially, Certification will be limited to offices on the Corvallis campus.
If you have any questions, please e-mail us!
Point values are displayed within the survey in order to give a sense of value for each item. After the Sustainability Office has reviewed your submission and scored it, we will provide a manually calculated report showing your office’s current certification level.
|Unit||Certification Date|| Certification Level
|School of Psychological Science||December 13, 2016|
|April 13, 2017|
West Dining Center Office
|April 18, 2017||
|May 3, 2017|
Department of Recreational Sports
|June 5, 2017|
Oak Creek Bee Farm
|June 5, 2017|
The Resources and Tips page supports - and is linked from - the survey itself and contains information and definitions used in the Certification.
If you are interested in carbon emissions reduction planning or sustainability strategic planning, please see our Unit Level Carbon Planning page.
For questions or comments about the Green Office Certification, please contact the Sustainability Office.