Building a Greener Illinois. Together.
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 identify simple, inexpensive actions you can take in your workspace.
In its first five years, more than 50 offices and more than 1,000 staff and faculty joined the Certified Green Office Program. We invite you and your office to make a pledge to reduce your use of resources and improve the overall sustainability of your office’s day-to-day practices.
Small actions make a big difference when many take those small actions. The Illinois Climate Action Plan (iCAP) 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. With your help, we can reduce the environmental impact of this campus and strengthen its position as a national leader in sustainability.
Research is an integral part of the mission of the University of Illinois, and as you’d expect, labs make up a significant portion of the University’s environmental footprint. Launched in 2018, the Certified Green Lab Program provides an opportunity for labs to earn recognition for their efforts to reduce their environmental impact.
The credits for the program are flexible enough to fit any research field, and even small steps can lead to large impacts. For labs that might not know where to start, iSEE also has hands-on support staff to help you identify immediate opportunities and connect you to resources to tackle more ambitious projects. As part of the inaugural cohort of the Certified Green Lab Program, you’ll be blazing a trail in a new frontier of campus sustainability.
The Certified Green Chapter Program is officially relaunched as of Oct. 1, 2020! This program is run by iSEE and aims to encourage Greek chapters at University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign to commit to sustainability actions across categories such as transportation, waste and recycling, and utilities.
Different certification rankings (bronze, silver, and gold) are based on the number of elective actions chosen by the chapter members. We recommend using this program as an opportunity to not only reduce your chapter’s carbon footprint, but to also increase member involvement and promote successes to prospective members.
The Certified Green Events Program was launched as of November 2020! This program is run by iSEE and aims to encourage all entities at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign to commit to more environmentally conscious choices when planning events.
Event organizers can certify their events by completing any five elective actions among the following categories: transportation, energy use reduction, waste reduction, food and dining, or innovative options.
The University of Illinois has a rich and vibrant culture, with hundreds of Registered Student Organizations offering students a perfect fit for ways to get involved around campus, regardless of their background. Once launched, RSOs will be able to directly contribute to the sustainability of campus by joining the Certified Green RSO Program.
A full website, featuring all the credits and tips on how to achieve them, will be available soon. In the meantime, you can sign up for the Green RSO Program for emails and updates about the program as it launches.