Update your office practices for a greener Illinois.
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.
3. Begin Greening Your Office
Implement 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. Keep an eye out for monthly newsletters offering tips for how you can make your office more sustainable.
4. Ambassador Survey
Once you’re confident that you’ve achieved as many actions as you’d like to take, reach out to the Green Office team and we’ll help finalize your certification. The Ambassador Survey is used as the final “report” of your actions. Click here to access the ambassador survey >>>
Congratulations! Your office is now certified for one year. We’ll will send you an official certificate to be displayed at your office’s main desk, lounge, or central bulletin board.
Complete 15 elective actions
Complete 10 elective actions
Complete 5 elective actions
Here to Help: Tutorials, Hints & Tips
- Certified Green Office Program Actions and Opportunities
- Campus Waste Management and Recycling
- Sustainable transportation around campus
- CUMTD Trip Planner
- 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
Tutorials Coming Soon!
Thank you to all our Certified Green Offices
- Administrative Information Technology Services (AITS) — April 2018
- Center for African Studies — April 2018
- Center for East Asian & Pacific Studies — April 2018
- Center for Global Studies — April 2018
- Center for Latin American & Caribbean Studies — April 2018
- Center for South Asian & Middle Eastern Studies — April 2018
- European Union Center — April 2018
- Illinois Abroad & Global Exchange — April 2018
- International Student & Scholar Studies – Scholar Office — April 2018
- International Studies Building — April 2018
- Lemann Institute for Brazilian Studies — April 2018
- Russian, East European & Eurasia Center — April 2018
- Facilities & Services (F&S) Customer Relations and Communications — August 2017
- F&S Engineering and Construction Services — June 2017
- Institute for Sustainability, Energy, and Environment (iSEE) — July 2017
- School for Integrative Biology — July 2017
- F&S Capital Programs — May 2017
- University Library Collection Management Services — May 2017
- The Cline Center for Democracy — October 2016
- The Mitchell Lab — August 2016
- Campus Recreation — May 2015
- Department of Asian American Studies — May 2015
- F&S Capital Programs at Urbana — May 2015
- Illinois Engineering First-Year Experience (IEFX) Program, College of Engineering — May 2015
- Illinois Sustainable Technology Center (ISTC), a division of the Prairie Research Institute — May 2015
- I-STEM Education Initiative — May 2015
- Native American House — May 2015
- Professor Ben McCall’s Research Group, Department of Chemistry — May 2015
- University Housing — May 2015
- College of Veterinary Medicine’s Wildlife Medical Clinic — May 2015
- Department of Chemistry Administrative Office — May 2015
- Department of Landscape Architecture — May 2015
- Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences — May 2015
- Department of Urban and Regional Planning (DURP) — May 2015
- Office for Mathematics, Science, & Technology Education (MSTE) — May 2015
- Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) Administrative Suite — May 2015
- Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant — May 2015
- LAS Access & Achievement Program — May 2015
- School of Integrative Biology Administration Office — May 2015
- Smart Energy Design Assistance Center (SEDAC) — May 2015
- Department of Communication — August 2016
- Division of Disability Resources and Educational Services (DRES) — May 2015
- F&S Utilities & Energy Services — May 2015
- Illini Union’s Office of Student Programs and Activities — May 2015
- Inorganic, Materials and Physical Chemistry Office — May 2015
- Office of Corporate Relations/Office of Public Engagement — May 2015
- Office of Technology Management — May 2015
- Pre-Law Advising Services — May 2015
You have the power to reduce the environmental impact of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Many university employees want to set an example for students by taking environmental action at work, but they aren’t sure where to start. The Certified Green Office Program is designed to help you find simple, inexpensive actions you can take in your workspace.
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.
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.
By updating daily operations, offices can reduce their environmental footprint, help 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 the actions required by the program, offices implement as many additional electives as they can to receive one of three certification levels (Bronze, Silver, or Gold). Certified offices proudly display their certification and are recognized in campus publications.
So far, more than 30 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.