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iSEE’s Certified

Green Office Program

You have the power to reduce the environmental impact of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

The Institute for Sustainability, Energy, and Environment (iSEE) is proud to present the latest edition of the Certified Green Office Program, its initiative to engage the University community in a campuswide commitment to sustainability.

We invite you and your office to make a pledge to reduce your use of resources and improve overall sustainability in the day-to-day practices of your office. Small actions make a big difference when many take those small actions. The Illinois Climate Action Plan outlines campus’ plans to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050, and we believe everyone can play a part in achieving that goal through their day to day actions.

So far, 31 offices have participated in the program, in which iSEE connected with more than 1,200 employees who contributed their part to reduce our carbon dioxide emissions. Now, our goal is to engage at least half of campus full-time staff by FY20 to create a bigger impact. With your help, we can reduce the environmental impacts of this campus and strengthen its position as a national leader in sustainability.

Get Certified

1. Select a Sustainability Ambassador

This person will be the main point of contact between iSEE and your office, and will take charge of implementation.

2. Email iSEE

Send an email to to let us know you are ready to participate in the Program. An iSEE staff member will be in touch with you promptly to schedule an in-person meeting.

3. Start Doing!

Start implementing all Required Actions and as many of the Elective Actions as you like. Take as much time as you need for this, and remember that iSEE is here to help if you run into challenges.

4. Individual Survey

Once you have taken your chosen actions, have at least half your office (or 25% if your office has over 100 members) fill out the Individual Survey. This form asks each individual person if they are aware of, or have participated in implementing, each task. When complete, iSEE will help you work through any obstacles we notice in the responses.


5. Ambassador Survey

After discussing results of the Individual Survey with iSEE staff, the Sustainability Ambassador can fill out the Ambassador Survey. This will serve as the “final report” of your actions.


Congratulations! Your office is now certified for one year. iSEE staff will send you an official certificate to be displayed at your office’s main desk, lounge, or central bulletin board.

<<< Becoming a Certified Green Office takes just five easy steps!

To be considered a Certified Green Office, the office will have to complete five Basic Actions and complete enough elective actions to meet one of these categories:

  • Bronze — 5 elective actions
  • Silver —  10 elective actions
  • Gold — 15 elective actions


What does it mean to be a Certified Green Office?

CGO awards

For the purposes of this program, any group — not just those labeled “office” — that occupies space in a campus building or is affiliated with the University is eligible to become a Certified Green Office. Some examples of those who may apply: administrative offices within departments; teams of researchers and graduate students; institutes; entire departments; or colleges.

The Certified Green Office Program is designed to help offices implement sustainable practices in their workplaces. By updating their daily operations, offices can reduce their environmental footprint, help the campus save money, meet Illinois Climate Action Plan objectives and commitments, and respond to the overwhelming interest of students, faculty, staff, and the surrounding community in sustainability. After completing actions suggested by the program, offices are assessed and receive one of three certification levels (Bronze, Silver or Gold). Certified offices proudly display their certification and are recognized in campus publications.


Forms & Resources


The Individual Form should be filled out by at least half of your full-time staff (unless your office has more than 100 full-time staff; then only 25% of the staff needs to fill it out).

The Ambassador Survey should be filled out by the office’s Sustainability Ambassador after discussing the results of the Individual surveys with iSEE.

Helpful Links

More information on energy conservation:

Download “Not in Use? Turn off the Juice!” light switch decals

More information on purchasing, waste and recycling:

“Bin It” Recycling campaign

More information on sustainable transportation around campus

More information on the campus acquisition policy for energy-efficient equipment

How to get free equipment from University Surplus – instructions from OBFS

List of high-quality thrift/second-hand stores in Champaign-Urbana

Frequently Asked Questions

Coming Soon!

Have a different question?

Get in touch with the Green Office Team at

Who Else is Certified?

GOLD-rated Offices
  • The Mitchell Lab — Gold
    August 2016
    Sustainability Ambassador: Patricia Blair
  • The Cline Center for Democracy — Gold
    October 2016
    Sustainability Ambassador: Jessie Baugher

SILVER-rated Offices

You could be the first silver awardee!

BRONZE-rated Offices
  • The Department of Communication — Bronze
    August 2016
    Sustainability Ambassador: Marian Huhman



Previous Participants

2014-15 Certified Green Offices
  • University Housing — Gold
  • Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences — Silver
  • Office for Mathematics, Science, & Technology Education (MSTE) — Silver
  • Prof. Ben McCall’s Research Group, Department of Chemistry — Gold
  • Illinois Sustainable Technology Center (ISTC), a division of the Prairie Research Institute — Gold
  • iSEE — Silver
  • Department of Chemistry Administrative Office —Silver
  • IEFX Program, College of Engineering — Gold
  • Pre-Law Advising Services — Basic Certification
  • Department of Urban and Regional Planning —
  • Department of Landscape Architecture —
  • Inorganic, Materials and Physical Chemistry Office — Bronze
  • Department of Asian American Studies — Gold
  • Native American House — Gold
  • College of Veterinary Medicine’s Wildlife Medical Clinic —
  • Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant — Silver
  • Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) Administrative Suite — Silver
  • Illini Union’s Office of Student Programs and Activities — Bronze
  • Division of Disability Resources and Educational Services (DRES) — Bronze
  • Office of Corporate Relations/Office of Public Engagement — Bronze
  • I-STEM Education Initiative — Gold
  • LAS Access & Achievement Program — Silver
  • Facilities & Services, Capital Programs at Urbana — Gold
  • Facilities & Services, Utilities & Energy Services — Bronze
  • Campus Recreation — Gold
  • Office of Technology Management — Bronze
  • School of Integrative Biology Administration Office —
  • Smart Energy Design Assistance (SEDAC) —

We encourage the rest of campus to join in the effort as well!