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Greener Sororities. Greener Fraternities. Greener Illinois.

Get Certified

1. Select a Sustainability Ambassador

This person will be the main point of contact between iSEE, the Green Greeks Registered Student Organization, and your chapter. The Ambassador will take charge of implementation.

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2. Enroll

Enroll in the program officially by completing our signup form. This gives you exclusive access to our CGCP Listserv, where you’ll get weekly news and tips on implementing CGCP actions. Click here to access the form >>>

Your ambassador should also join the Green Greeks RSO. Click here for the Green Greeks webpage > > >

3. Begin Greening Your Chapter

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. iSEE has put together a full guide with detailed suggestions for how to complete every action, located below.

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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 Chapter team to finalize your certification. The Ambassador Survey is used as the final “report” of your actions. 

Click here to access the Ambassador Survey > > >

Congratulations! Your chapter is now certified for one year. We will send you an official certificate to be displayed with pride.

Here to Help: Tutorials, Hints  & Tips

iSEE staff members have created a comprehensive guide for how you can complete the Green Chapter Program actions.

Click here for the CGCP Guide, and feel free to contact our team for one-on-one consultations and guidance.

The Green Greeks RSO provides opportunities for Sustainability Ambassadors and members of their Green Team to network with peers in the Greek community and discuss their own ways of greening their space. For more information on the organization and its upcoming meetings, please click here > > >

You could be our first Certified Green Chapter!

 

Certified Green Chapter Program Credits

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

The Certified Green Chapter Program offers fraternity and sorority chapters clear actions in a number of categories. A helpful guide on how to implement any or all of the steps can be found above. 

You can receive different levels of certification based off the number of credits you earn as follows:

  • 5 Points – Bronze-level Certification
  • 10 Points – Silver-level Certification
  • 15 Points – Gold-level Certification
Required Actions

The following steps are required  to receive Green Chapter certification.

  • Go paperless whenever possible. For example, send electronic agendas for meetings instead of printing them.
  • Use a minimum of 30% recycled content paper when you have to print things.
  • Turn off lights in empty rooms whenever possible. Consider having a designee to go around and turn out lights at night.
  • Provide clearly labeled recycling bins for paper as well as bottles/cans.
Food & Dining Elective Actions
  1. Start or continue a Meatless Monday program, in which every Monday your chapter goes vegetarian for its meal options.
  2. Pledge to serve at least one meal a week using local fruits and vegetables.
  3. Plant a garden, as space allows.
  4. Purchase fair trade/sustainably sourced coffee, tea, and chocolate for common use.
  5. Commit as a chapter to stop eating red meat (one point for every five members who make the pledge — click here for the form).
Utility Conservation Elective Actions
  1. Pull down window shades in common areas during the daytime during cooling season, and pull them up during heating season.
  2. Put signage near light switches reminding people to turn them off when the room is empty.
  3. Use LED bulbs wherever possible in your house.
  4. Replace your existing shower heads with low-flow options.
Waste Minimization & Recycling Elective Actions
  1. Make a shared set of reusable bags available for use when shopping.
  2. Eliminate the use of single-use coffee pods, or migrate to a sustainable and biodegradable pod option.
  3. Zero out your coffee waste. Use a reusable filter if possible — and don’t purchase individual sugar packets, creamer tubs, or stirrers.
  4. Share a set of reusable dishes for meals, and limit disposable plate, cup, and flatware usage as much as possible.
  5. Order your spirit wear from vendors that use recycled plastic fiber, organic cotton, or sustainable practices rather than mass unsustainable production.
  6. Commit as a chapter to use reusable water bottles instead of drinking bottled water (one point for every five members who make the pledge — click here for the pledge form).
Transportation Elective Actions
  1. Take action to make sure all members are aware of the closest bus routes to your house and how to use their iCards as MTD bus passes.
  2. Set up a carpooling program to reduce the number of single-occupant drives.
  3. Provide a bike rack or bike storage for your house.
  4. Commit as a chapter to use active transportation (bus, walking, bicycling, etc.) for all local travel when weather permits (one point for every five members who make the pledge — click here for the pledge form).
Innovation & Engagement Elective Actions
  1. Refer another chapter to join the program (2 points).
  2. As a chapter, participate in an on-campus sustainability program such as Illini Lights Out, the Campus Bike Census, or a lecture during the iSEE Congress. If you volunteer at an iSEE event, we’re happy to track attendance to record service hours.
  3. Form a Green Team to share the responsibilities of the Sustainability Ambassador and encourage creativity.
  4. Come up with your own initiative to make your chapter greener — and tell us about it!