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Green Office Certification

We are not currently accepting applications for our Green Office certification.

Stay tuned for updated programs coming in 2023!

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Certified Departments

Student Center - GOLD

Center for Fraternity & Sorority Life - SILVER

University Career Services - SILVER

Campus Recreation (multiple Offices) - BRONZE

Cullen Performance Hall - BRONZE

General Info for "Going Green"

If your office or department is not ready for a full audit for certification but want to take first steps towards sustainability, below are some helpful catagorized steps to start the process.

Paper & Office Supply Waste 

  • Set double-sided printing as a default on our office computers, and we placed a visual prompt on our copy machine to remind members of our office to double-side copy.
  • Use an electronic timesheet/scheduling system.
  • Have a designated area in our supply closet, or elsewhere in our office, for sharing office supplies that can be re-used (file folders, binders, pens, paper clips, etc).
  • Recycling bins should be placed next to waste bins where applicable and clearly labeled.

Recycling

  • Review proper recycling practices at a staff meeting or through an office email to ensure that all members of office are aware of the procedures and have had their questions answered.
  • Eliminate desk-side trash containers and switched to desk-side recycling, with central trash locations.
  • There are trash and recycling bins (where appropriate) in meeting rooms, conference rooms and classrooms, and these bins are clearly labeled with the correct signage.
  • Participate the annual UH e-waste drive.

Purchasing - Paper and Electronics

  • Recommended minimum 30% post consumer OR preferred 100% post consumer waste content.
  • Chlorine free paper.
  • Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified.
  • Any new equipment purchased is ENERGY STAR rated silver or above, if applicable. If ENERGY STAR is not available, we work with our vendor to purchase the most efficient option.

Energy

  • Leave clear space around of all of our vents for better circulation.
  • Enable sleep mode and auto-off settings on all copiers and all printers.
  • Enable the recommended power management settings on our computers.
  • Shut off monitors and/or manually send computers into energy saving modes (standby or hibernate) when not in use.
  • Manually turn off lights when not in use

Water

  • Students, faculty, and staff are encourage to bring reusable water bottles and take advantage of the many water bottle filling stations on campus.
  • Any person can report sink leaks (kitchen, bathroom or lab) to FIXIT and inform Building Coordinator

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