Green Office Certification

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Over the last decade, over 1,800 BU faculty and staff have achieved Green Office Certification. Entities such as the School of Theology have demonstrated leadership by transforming their curriculum and department culture to reflect sustainable values through Green Department Certification.

Our Green Office Certification program facilitates the integration of sustainable practices into daily office life. By participating, you contribute to an environmentally responsible University and a healthy environment. The resources we provide will also help you save money and reduce your carbon footprint at home. This program supports BU’s Climate Action Plan, which sets a goal of carbon neutrality by 2040.



How to get Certified

Schedule your certification appointment via this online form. The appointment takes just 15 minutes. For additional questions, please contact




There are three certification levels for individuals: Certified, Silver, and Gold. Certification is recognized with a decal for display on your name placard for all to see.

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Green Office Certification



There are four certification levels for departments: Certified, Silver, Gold, and Platinum. By working together as a group, your organization can achieve a higher level certification, platinum, than an individual. Certification is recognized with an engraved bamboo plaque featuring customized language.

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Green Department Certification Scorecard


What You Can Do

Examples of ways BU faculty and staff are demonstrating their commitment to sustainability:

  • Opting for natural light and turning off lights when they are not needed
  • Setting computer monitors to go to sleep after 10 minutes or less.
  • Changing computer screensavers to “blank” or “none”
  • Turning off all electronic devices before leaving the office for the day
  • Reducing the brightness of monitors to 50-60% of full brightness
  • Taking the initiative to turn off lights in unoccupied spaces
  • Using sustainable forms of transportation such as walking, biking, transit, and carpooling
  • Using reusable products such as beverage containers, utensils, and cloth napkins

Program History

In December 2010 we piloted the program at Sargent College. With ongoing input from faculty and staff, the program was improved, re-piloted, and launched through the University’s Sustainability Liaisons program in March 2011. “The program has been great for educating people about energy consumption or the benefits of waste reduction and recycling,” says Mike Orr, the BU Sustainability intern who helped launch the Green Office program. “Oftentimes, people don’t realize the magnitude of their daily habits in the workplace.” An additional benefit of the Green Office Certification is that participants may also apply newly learned sustainability techniques in their homes.