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Green Office Program

Northwestern is committed to being a leader in sustainability, and faculty and staff have essential roles to play in reaching the University's sustainability goals. The Green Office Certification program engages faculty and staff in the process of adopting environmental best practices in the workplace. The program offers guidance on conserving energy and water, reducing waste, and increasing environmental awareness on campus. The process empowers all of our faculty and staff to become green leaders and its success is based on broad engagement and collective impact.

The benefits of certification

The Green Office Certification program provides tools and support to help offices and departments conserve resources, reduce costs, and create a healthier, greener workplace. Participating offices and Green Office leaders receive University-wide recognition for their efforts. 

The certification process

sustainNU guides Green Office leaders as they work toward certification. Here are the basic steps to the certification process. 

  1. Contact sustainNU. Contact sustainNU at to learn more and start the process.
  2. Hold an introductory meeting. Meet with the sustainNU team to review the certification process.
  3. Get approval. Get approval from your office leadership to proceed with Green Office certification.
  4. Organize a staff presentation. Organize a Green Office presentation for your staff with sustainNU.
  5. Form a Green Office Team. Organize a Green Office team to lead the certification process within your office.
  6. Complete Green Office Team training. Have your Green Office Team participate in a Green Office training with sustainNU.
  7. Complete and submit the checklist. Work with your team to complete and submit the Green Office Checklist to sustainNU.
  8. Receive certification. sustainNU will present you with a certificate and signage for your office.

Get started today

If you are interested in pursuing Green Office Certification, contact sustainNU at For more information, see the Green Office Frequently Asked Questions.

Download Green Office materials

Program Overview
An introduction to the Green Office Certification process.

Faculty and Staff List Template
Use this template to create a list if everyone in your office and keep track of who has participated in a Green Office presentation or otherwise agreed to participate in Green Office efforts.

Green Office Assessment
Conduct an assessment of equipment and practices in your office to identify areas for improvement.

Green Office Checklist and Guide
Use this checklist and guide to implement environmentally sustainable practices in your office.


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