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Green Office Certification

Green Office Certification provides an opportunity for faculty and staff to further decrease their department's or office's environmental impact. The program offers guidance on energy and water conservation, waste reduction, and increasing environmental awareness in the workplace. There are leadership opportunities in the program and everyone is encouraged to get involved.

Why Should my Office get Certified?

Northwestern is committed to promoting sustainability on campus and beyond and we can’t do this without your involvement.

  • Creates a healthier and greener workplace
  • Is easy to implement
  • Provides tools to ease the process
  • Is tailored to fit your office
  • Offers University-wide recognition
  • Helps NU become a leader in sustainability

Why Should I Participate?

We are confident you have already implemented a lot of these initiatives and we are excited to learn from your efforts. Green Office Certification helps in improving and recognizing what is already being done and what small steps can be made to create an even more sustainable workplace. We encourage you to cite being a Green Office Certification Category Lead in your Performace Evaluation.

What Does the Program Involve?

Green Office Certification is broken into seven categories:

  • Energy
  • Waste
  • Purchasing
  • Water
  • Travel
  • Meetings and events
  • Engagement

Each category is led by a faculty or staff member who encourages co-workers to participate in the program. These leaders communicate efforts, answer questions, and come up with new and innovative ideas to green their office.

How can my Office get Certified?

Fill out this survey!
Questions? Email us.

Who is Certified?

Received Certification:

  • Alumni Relations and Development
  • IT and Academic Research Technologies
  • IT Information and System Security/Compliance
  • Northwestern Dining: Marketing Office
  • University Library (Mudd, Oak Grove, NU Press, Schaffner)

Awaiting Certification:

  • Chemistry of Life Processes Institute
  • Chicago Health IT Regional Extension Center
  • Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences
  • Facilities Management 2020 Ridge Ave.
  • Facilities Management Abbott Hall
  • Feinberg School of Medicine Cook County Juvenile Court Clinic
  • Feinberg School of Medicine Division of Rheumatology
  • Human Resources Payroll
  • Institute for Public Health and Medicine
  • Kellogg School of Management Advancement Program
  • Kellogg School of Management Career Management Center
  • Kellogg School of Management Corporate Partnerships
  • Kellogg School of Management Executive MBA Program
  • McCormick School of Engineering Industrial Engineering and Management Sciences
  • Multicultural Student Affairs
  • New Student and Family Programs
  • Norris University Center
  • Office of Administration and Planning
  • Office for Research
  • Office of Budget and Planning
  • Office of Student Engagement
  • Purchasing Resource Services
  • School of Professional Studies
  • Searle Center for Advancing Learning and Teaching
  • School of Law Office of Admissions
  • School of Law Alumni Relations and Development
  • Student Auxiliary Services