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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. Enroll

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

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 weekly 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 will send you an official certificate to be displayed at your office’s main desk, lounge, or central bulletin board.

Thank you to all our Certified Green Offices

Gold Certified Offices
  • Center for Advanced Bioenergy and Bioproducts Innovation (CABBI) — August 2018
  • McKinley Health Center — July 2018
  • La Casa Cultural Latina — July 2018
  • Newmark Laboratory, B220 — July 2018
  • Department of Communication — June 2018
  • Office of Technology Management — June 2018
  • Department of Asian American Studies — May 2018
  • Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences — May 2018
  • Disability Resources and Educational Services — May 2018
  • 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 & Eurasian 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
Silver Certified Offices
  • Department of Chemistry Administrative Office — May 2019
  • College of Veterinary Medicine’s Wildlife Medical Clinic — 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
Bronze Certified Offices
  • 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

Certified Green Office Program Credits

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

The Certified Green Office program offers on-campus offices clear actions in a number of categories. Guides to help you implement each of these credits will be released throughout the school year.

Required Actions

The following steps are required in order to receive Green Office certification.

  • Use a minimum of 30% recycled paper. Purchasing this through iStores ( is cheaper than buying 0% recycled paper from a different vendor. You may wish to speak with your purchasing office if you do not purchase your own paper.
  • Turn off lights when you leave the room (unless they need to remain on), and put signage up prompting people to turn off the lights.
  • Offer at least one vegetarian (or better yet, vegan!) food option at every event your department hosts. University Catering has a number of great options, and iSEE can provide guidance as to options for other off-campus catering options if needed.
  • Make sure your office has access to recycling bins (both paper and bottles/cans, if applicable) and that they are labeled. Standardized signage is available at If necessary, request new bins by contacting Facilities and Services at
Energy Conservation Actions
  • Put up signage near light switches prompting people to turn off the lights (don’t adhere to the switch/wall, and follow all required University guidelines about posting information).
  • Use separate power strips or another tool to make it easy to switch off monitors without cutting off the CPU.
  • Have communal appliances (coffee pots, printers, and so on) instead of individual ones where able.
  • Refrain from using space heaters in your offices.
  • Schedule a meeting with your IT professional and determine the most energy-efficient settings for your computer equipment. Tell (or reiterate) this information to office members.
  • Pull down window shades in at least one room when AC is on, and pull them up when heat is on.
  • Keep lights off when natural light is sufficient to light your workspace.
Purchasing Actions
  • Purchase 50% (1 point) or 100% (2 points) recycled-content paper.
  • Choose an office product that you regularly purchase. Commit to buying (or continuing to buy) the most ecologically friendly version of that product available through your chosen vendor (examples: recycled writing utensils, fair-trade coffee, etc.).
  • Before purchasing office equipment or supplies, check University Surplus (1801 S. Orchard St., Urbana) to see if they have something that can work instead.
  • Record your annual paper purchases and commit to reducing your next purchase by 10% (1 point) or 25% (2 points).
  • Eliminate bottled water purchases in favor of tap water, unless bottled is absolutely necessary.
  • Stop purchasing disposable dishware for office use, and instead use either reusable dishes or leftover plates/cups from events.
Waste Reduction Actions
  • Eliminate use of single-use disposable coffee pods (e.g. Keurig, Nespresso).
  • (2 points) Zero out your coffee waste. Use a reusable filter if possible and don’t purchase individual sugar packets, creamer tubs, or stirrers (reusing leftovers from events is acceptable).
  • Set the default print setting on your printers to two-sided, black-and-white.
  • Collect and reuse scrap paper for printing. Make sure all your coworkers know where to load scrap paper in the printer and which side should face up.
  • Start or join a battery recycling program. Click here for more information about battery recycling from the iCAP Portal
  • Pledge to upload your department’s annual reports, working papers, and other digital content to IDEALS, the Illinois Digital Environment for Access to Learning and Scholarship, to reduce your need to print as many copies of publications.
  • Work with a caterer you use to reduce packaging and waste in your orders.
  • Recycle nitrile gloves used by your area. Click here for more information.
  • Collect and recycle printer cartridges. Many office supply stores have drop-off boxes available to the public.
Transportation Actions
  • If you have teleconferencing equipment, make sure your office knows how to use it as an alternative to traveling for meetings.
  • Take action to make sure all coworkers are aware of the closest bus routes to your office and how to use their iCard as an MTD bus pass. For example, post them on a wall or send an email.
  • Share information about bus routes with people coming to your building for events when relevant.
  • Participate in a departmental bike share program or start an employee carpool (1 point each).
  • Take the train, bus, or carpool to at least one business trip that would normally be taken by plane.
  • Use active transportation (bus, walking, bicycling, etc.) for all on-campus commuting when practical.
Engagement and Innovation Actions
  • Form a Green Team to share the responsibilities of the Sustainability Ambassador.
  • As an office, participate in an on-campus sustainability program such as Illini Lights Out, the Campus Bike Census, or a lecture during the iSEE Congress.
  • Encourage another office to join the program (1 point per office recruited).
  • Come up with your own strategy to make your office more sustainable. (Multiple points available.)