Green Office Certification
Would your office like to become a leader in environmental sustainability at BGSU? Well, now is your chance with the BGSU Green Office Certification (GOC) program!
The Green Office Certification program encourages departments and offices to engage in environmentally sustainable actions within their office. There is a checklist of items for your office to do and if completed, your office will receive Green Certification.
"Going through this process has
certainly changed the way some of the things are being done in our
office. We have totally gone away from using Styrofoam products and
now buy recycled paper products and have also purchased two coffee
mug holders with mugs for people to use. Just going through the
checklist has made me more of aware of doing simple things like
turning off lights when rooms are not being used."
- Sharon Mason, Office of Finance & Administration
Monitoring our personal daily actions is imperative in order to ensure a safe and healthy environment for future generations.
There are many actions individuals can take to do their part in slowing climate change. University President Mazey says that BGSU has a "commitment to being one of the ‘greenest’ universities in the country". That means each Falcon needs to do his/her part to reduce the university's carbon footprint.
Your office can be a part of the proud Falcon team that is dedicated to making BGSU one of the "greenest" universities in the country.
- First, each office must identify one person to be the Green Office Certification (GOC) Coordinator who will oversee the certification process
- GOC Coordinator must download the GOC Application and the GOC Checklist
- Review and fill out both GOC Application and Checklist
- If you need help completing any items on the list, take a look at the GOC Resource Page for suggestions, links, and more information
- Your office must complete 75% of the total possible actions in order to be Green Certified
- This process must be repeated every year
- Submit the GOC Application(by mail) and the GOC Checklist to us (electronically)
- Someone from the Office of Campus Sustainability will visit your office to perform an audit of your "green" actions and present your office with a certificate
We strongly encourage you to become a leader in environmental stewardship and responsibility by moving your office into the environmentally-conscious future.
You can help BG go “Green”!
- Checklist (please review the resource page below to assist with implementation of the check list items)
- Resource Page
- Pre-Made Information
Need More Help?
We offer advising sessions that will allow you to
ask any questions you may have regarding your office's green
E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call 419-372-9949 to set up a time to discuss any questions you might have!
Our Green Certified Offices:
Office of the President
October 2013: The Office of the President was the first Green Certified Office! The office also renewed their certification for 2015.
President's Office Website
BGSU Dining Services
April 2014: In addition to a composting pilot program, hosting a green roof, and a variety of other sustainability initiatives, BGSU Dining Services took the pledge to verify their office space is also environmentally-friendly!
BGSU Dining's Website
Tucker Center for Telecommunications
April 2014: Joining the list of Green Certified Offices is the Tucker Center for Telecommunications, which is located off-campus near Founders Hall. The home of the WBGU-TV station is now also the home of an environmentally-friendly office!
Tucker Center Website
Department of the Environment and Sustainability
May 2014: Being the hub of the Environmental majors, it was a no brainer that the Department of the Environment and Sustainability would make the step to be Green Office Certified. With the help of the student worker, Hannah (pictured above), the ENVS Department is not only teaching students about sustainability, but they are emobodying it in their daily office operations. ENVS Department Website
Office of Finance and Administration
July 2014: Following the path of the Office of the President, the Vice President's Office of Finance and Administration took a pledge towards more sustainable actions. We proud to recognize this office as the sixth Green Certified office! Finance and Administration Website
Student Enrollment Communication Center
July 2014: The SECC is not only home to the yourFellowFalcon program, but it is also home to another Green Certified office! As an office comprised mostly of students, we thank everyone who has dedicated time and energy towards making more environmentally-conscious decisions! yourFellowFalcon Facebookpage
the Women's Center
November 2014: With a mission of ensuring that women maintain equal & just opportunities, it was a no-brainer for the staff of the Women's Center to take steps to be more sustainable in their every day actions. The United Nations reports that women across the world are disproportionately affected by a changing climate due to unequal access to resources & decision-making processes. By reducing their environmental impact here at home, they're reducing the strain on resources in developing nations with less protections for women, who are oftentimes are the ones who gathering necessary resources, such as food & water. The Women's Center
Offenhauer Hall Staff
April 2015: Working with almost 800 residents each day, the Offenhauer Hall Staff is doing its part to be a good role model in sustainability for its residents and fellow Residence Life employees by being the first Residence Hall certified for Green Office Certification! Offenhauer Towers
Division of Student Affairs
August 2014: Caring for and providing resources to students is not the only goal of the Division of Student Affairs. This office also has a goal to care for the environment by ensuring their actions are sustainable. Through a student worker and staff relationship, this office has taken many steps to do its part of reducing the University's carbon footprint!
Division of Student Affairs
Graduate Student Senate
February 2015: Representing all Graduate Students on BGSU's campus, the office of Graduate Student Senate is leading by example to help our university achieve carbon neutrality by the Univeristy's goal of 2040. Taking significant steps to lower their environmental impact, such as transitioning to 100% post-consumer recycled paper, the Graduate Student Senate is doing its part to make our campus and student body a more sustainable one!
Graduate Student Senate