The Green Office Certification Program gives faculty, staff, and graduate students the tools they need to become greener Hokies working in more sustainable office areas.
Each office that would like to participate in the program should identify a Green Representative. If you would like to become your office’s “Green Rep” and complete the Green Office Certification, the first step is to attend a training session.
The next training session will be held from 12:00pm – 2:00pm on Thursday, November 30th in Squires Brush Mountain B. Lunch will be provided. Registration is required via Coursewhere by selecting “View By Alpha” and then searching for the course title “Green Office Certification Training”.
The goal of this program is to help employees reduce their footprint and affect the overall wellbeing of our planet. Virginia Tech’s Climate Action Commitment outlines goals surrounding energy efficiency, waste reduction, and carbon dioxide emissions reduction. By participating, you will help the university achieve its climate action goals while saving money and resources for your office. You will also lead by example and inspire sustainable behavior change in your colleagues’ everyday lives.
Each office will identify a “Green Rep” who will complete a two-hour training session with the Office of Sustainability. In this training, they will gain the skills and knowledge to create a greener workplace. Once the “Green Rep” completes the training, they will unlock the Green Office Certification form, where they will work with colleagues to complete over the course of the semester. Offices are scored in the following categories: Recycling & Events, Energy, Purchasing, Waste Reduction, Transportation, and Innovation.
Once the certification is complete, it is scored by an Office of Sustainability staff member. The office will then receive:
- An award outlining certification status (bronze, silver, or gold) to hang in a common area
- Acknowledgement of your certification level on the Green Office webpage
- Ongoing support to maintain and advance your Green Office status
Anyone who has an office on campus may participate, including graduate student office spaces. Generally, groups of individuals who share common spaces (kitchens, break rooms, mail rooms, or printing rooms) are considered an “office”. It may include just one or all of the offices within a unit or division. You may have an office of 6 people or 60 people — all sizes are welcome to participate! Note that this certification is only appropriate for office spaces, not for lab space, residential spaces, or performance venues.
If you are interested in becoming your office’s “Green Rep”, you are required to attend a training session. The training is held once per semester and lasts two hours. To learn more, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 540-231-7358.