Work Green

WORK GREEN – AN INTRODUCTION

Georgia Tech’s Work Green is a certification program designed to recognize and celebrate staff and faculty who have taken the lead in promoting sustainable practices in the workplace. The certification process requires staff and faculty to report the sustainable practices used in their office in the areas of energy and water efficiency, waste management, engagement, safe and healthy environments, purchasing, transportation, and innovation. By participating in Work Green, offices:

  • Positively contribute to Tech’s leadership in sustainability;
  • Support Tech in achieving its sustainability goals; and
  • Are recognized as leaders in the Tech community. 
WORK GREEN – CERTIFICATION LEVELS

There are three levels of certification recognizing commitment to sustainability in the office.

  • Striving For Work Green: Less than 50% of Sustainable Practices were implemented.
  • Certified Work Green: 50-74% of Sustainable Practices were implemented.
  • Certified Gold Work Green: 75 -100% of Sustainable Practices were implemented.
 
WORK GREEN – GETTING INVOLVED
Step 1: Select a Green Champion
Each participating office will need a representative, called a Green Champion. The Green Champion’s responsibilities include:
  • Inventorying sustainability practices used;
  • Completing the Work Green certification form;
  • Introducing the Work Green program to colleagues;
  • Serving as the main point of contact with the Office of Campus Sustainability; and
  • Encouraging the adoption of new sustainable practices.
Step 2: Report your Sustainable Practices

Report sustainable practices  by filling out our online form. All reporting is based on the honor system. If this is your first time applying for Work Green, typically this year represents an inventory of current practices so you know what to improve on for next year’s application. This is a great first step toward sustainable progress. Work Green Applications are no longer being accepted for 2017.

Step 3: Receive your Certification

The Office of Campus Sustainability will review your application for certification, notify you of the certification level achieved, and provide you with a Work Green door decal to celebrate and showcase your achievement.

Step 4: Inspire, Innovate, & Improve

It is our belief that every office on campus can be Gold Certified Work Green. The Work Green program recognizes practices used over the past year or currently in use while providing you with the needed resources to achieve a higher level of certification next year. Green Champions, staff, and the Office of Campus Sustainability all play a role in inspiring an office go green. Our Resource Guide and Resource Page will aid in your efforts. 

Step 5: Apply for a Work Green Mini-Grant

Faculty and staff from work spaces at Georgia Tech whose offices applied for Work Green certification are eligible to apply for a mini grant up to $500. Learn more here. Mini- Grant Applications are no longer being accepted for 2017.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS 

How is an “office” defined?

An office is defined as a contiguous space or group of individuals that share common resources. An office can consist of staff members from the same department or staff from various departments sharing a physical space. There must be at least one full-time staff member and a designated office to apply for the Work Green certification.

Can our office get credit for things we do at home?

No, but implementing practices used at home in your office is a great first step!

How long does it take to get certified?

The Office of Campus Sustainability will review applications as they come in. You should expect to hear back within two weeks of applying.

How long does certification last?

Certification is a one year recognition for which you will reapply each year.

Does it cost anything to participate?

No, there is no cost to participate in the Work Green program.

What does my office get for participating?

  • Assistance and trouble-shooting on your office's unique sustainability challenges by the Office of Campus Sustainability;
  • Opportunities for inter-office peer-learning & networking; and
  • Recognition of your leadership, a Work Green door decal to display in or outside your office, and acknowledgement for your accomplishments on the Office of Campus Sustainability’s website.

 

Program Background

2016
  • Pilot program was implemented with departments from the Office of Undergraduate Education and Facilities Management participating
2015
  • Training documents and collateral were finalized
  • Subject matter experts were consulted to develop support resources
2014
  • Facilities Management developed a Sustainability Committee; chose a green office program as an important area to standardize
  • Office of Campus Sustainability is formed and the two departments agree to partner on developing a green office program 

Example Action Items

Remember, all action items are voluntary and most are cost-free and easy to implement!

Work Green Program