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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

FAQ

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”!


Need More Help?

We offer advising sessions that will allow you to ask any questions you may have regarding your office's green transition.
E-mail  greenbg@bgsu.edu 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

Office of the President

October 2013: Congratulations to our first Green Office Certified - the Office of the President! President's Office Website

Undergraduate Student Government

Undergraduate Student Government

November 2013: USG is the first student coordinated office to be Green Certified - way to go! USG Website

BGSU Dining Services

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

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

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

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

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

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

Division of Student Affairs

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