First Green Offices of 2017 Certified
Two more campus offices have joined the ranks of Certified Green Offices on campus. After iSEE’s spring 2017 relaunch of its Certified Green Office Program, both Collection Management Services and the Capital Programs office at Facilities & Services have demonstrated sustainability leadership to earn Gold Certification.
Capital Programs at Facilities & Services
The Capital Programs office works collaboratively with campus customers to create facilities that meet their programmatic needs.
This dedicated team of 33 full-time professionals do it all — developing project scopes, designing spaces, managing budgets, securing campus and university approvals, and hiring the services needed to construct new buildings, additions, and renovations. The office signed up for the Green Office Program in Fall 2016 and finished implementing 25 resource-saving practices in just 12 weeks.
A highlight of their efforts is a home-brewed glass recycling program. Since the University waste system does not recycle glass, they placed a communal collection bin in the office, and employees take turns being responsible for getting those items recycled.
Collection Management Services
This branch of the University Library oversees the Oak Street remote library storage facility and handles distribution of print, media, and digital materials on reserve at the Undergraduate and Main Stacks.
The 30 staff members went above and beyond the minimum requirements to update or add 31 sustainable workplace practices. Throughout the semester, they’ve been removing physical items — in print or physical discs — that can be accessed digitally instead. To date, they’ve eliminated more than 65,000 bound serials from their collection to be recycled, which opens up space and is an efficient use of their resources.
More about the Certified Green Office Program
The Certified Green Office Program is the Institute’s effort to interest and involve Illinois staff and faculty in resource conservation at the campus level.
By updating their daily practices, groups ranging from small offices to entire departments can reduce their environmental footprint, help the campus save money, meet Illinois Climate Action Plan (iCAP) objectives and commitments, and respond to the overwhelming interest of staff, students, faculty, and the surrounding community in creating a more sustainable University.
Becoming a Green Office is easier than you think. Each office takes four required actions, and then chooses to implement anywhere from 5 to 30 elective sustainability practices from a wide menu of choices. Offices customize actions to fit their needs.
So far, 33 offices have participated in the program, encompassing more than 1,200 employees who contributed their part to reduce our carbon dioxide emissions.
By 2020, we aim to enroll at least half of campus full-time staff in the program to create a bigger impact.