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 transition.
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! In June 2015 the office renewed their certification. January 2017, The Office of the President continues their commitment to sustainability in becoming the first re-certified Green Office of the year. President's Office 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 are proud to recognize this office as the sixth Green Certified office! The office has continued to show their commitment to sustainability by completing their recertifications in August 2015 and most recently in February 2017. Finance and Administration Website
Conservation Biology & Population Ecology Lab
December 2015, Dr. Karen Root and her students conduct research involving sustainability, and they took steps to become the first BGSU laboratory to receive Green Office Certification. In February 2017 the lab renewed their certification.
the Women's Center
November 2014: With a mission of ensuring that women maintain equal & just opportunities, the staff of the Women's Center decided 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 often the ones responsible for gathering necessary resources such as food & water. The center has continued to show their commitment to sustainability by renewing their certification in March 2017.
THE WOMEN'S CENTER
Tucker Center for Telecommunications
April 2014: Joining the list of Green Certified Offices is the Tucker Center for Telecommunications, which is located off-campus. The home of the WBGU-TV station is now also the home of an environmentally-friendly office! The Tucker Center completed the recertification process in July 2015, and again in February 2017! Tucker Center Website
Department of the Environment and Sustainability
May 2014: Being the hub of the Environmental majors, it was only natural that the Department of the Environment and Sustainability would make the step to be Green Office Certified. The office has since been recertified in January 2016 and April 2017. Department Website
Office of Capital Planning
April 2016: The Office of Capital Planning serves BGSU by planning and managing funding for new projects on campus. Additionally, they have planned and managed improvements in the sustainability of their office and have received Green Office Certification.
Capital Planning 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
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 Facebook page
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
Office of Design and Construction
February 2016: Recognizing the impact that design and construction can have on the carbon footprint of the university, the Office of Design and Construction is working hard to improve the sustainability of their projects and operations. Design and Construction Website
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 University'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 more sustainable. Graduate Student Senate
College of Health and Human Services (CHHS) Advising Center
February 2016: The academic advisors in the College of Health and Human Services took action to become the first BGSU advising office to receive Green Office Certification.
CHHS Advising Center
Undergraduate Student Government
November 2013: USG is the first student coordinated office to be Green Certified - way to go! USG Website