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.
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 Checklist
- Review and fill out both GOC 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 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 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:
"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
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
Center for Women and Gender Equity
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.
Center for Women and Gender Equity
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.
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
Conversation Biology and Population Ecology Lab GOC
September 2019: Dr. Karen Root and her students conduct research involving sustainability, and they took the steps to become the first BGSU laboratory to receive Green Office Certification in December of 2015. The lab renewed their certification in February of 2017 and just recently renewed it in September of 2019. See lab details here!
Office of General Counsel
October 2019: The Office of General Counsel serves BGSU by being the legal advisor for the Board of Trustees, the President, and University officers. They took the time out of their important roles to make many sustainable changes to become Green Office Certified! Click here to learn more about their office.
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
The Browne Popular Culture Library
January 2020: The Browne Popular Culture Library has the most comprehensive collection of Popular Culture items in the United States! Their mission is to preserve American Popular Culture Materials for curricular and research use. They have also made it a mission to make their office more sustainable by pursuing and earning the Green Office Certification. The Browne Popular Culture Library is the first library on campus to receive the Green Office Certificate!