First “Level 4” Green Office Certifications Awarded

December 20, 2012

The Penn Green Office Certification program recognizes that offices represent a significant portion of campus energy, material use and waste production. Through the Green Office Certification Program, offices across campus can earn points for specific practices, and gain certification levels from One to Four. A few examples from an extensive list of green actions:

  • Earning two points for setting the default on your printers to double-sided printing,
  • Three points for using re-useable cups, dishware and utensils, and
  • One point for purchasing office paper with at least 30% post-consumer recycled content.

Other points are earned for the way an office works with vendors, holds meetings, and uses transportation.

Since March 31, more than 30 offices on Penn’s campus have earned Green Office Certification at Levels 1, 2 or 3. This Fall, the Green Campus Partnership awarded its first two Level 4 Green Office Certifications to Penn Law IT and the Penn Women’s Center. Both offices have made great efforts to reduce or recycle their waste. The Law IT group focused heavily on energy-efficient operations, while the Women’s Center implemented innovative sustainable operations, such as the Penn Environmental Education Kitchen, a rainwater capture and reuse cistern in the basement, and green housekeeping and purchasing protocols. In addition, both offices focus not just on behind-the-scenes innovations, but make a concerted effort to educate staff and visitors about their green operations. Take a look at what it takes to become a Green Office on the Green Campus Partnership website.


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