The Green Office Certification initiative was developed to raise awareness, educate, and provide measurable guidelines for greening the office environment. The initiative was first discussed in May 2010 when Boston University’s Energy Conservation and Sustainable Buildings & Operations Working Groups created a task force to address the impact of the behavior of faculty, staff, and students on campus.
In December 2010 sustainability@BU piloted the program at Sargent College. The faculty and staff in Sargent College provided ongoing input. As a result, sustainability@BU was able to make improvements and re-pilot the Green Office Certification in February 2011. Because of the support of the Sargent College faculty and staff, sustainability@BU was able to officially launch the Green Office Certification to the rest of the campus in March 2011. Sargent College has had 34 staff or faculty participate since the first pilot
Because of the assistance of Sargent College, the Green Office Certification initiative has gained a lot of traction at Boston University. As of July 2011, sustainability@BU has audited over 250 offices in buildings and schools located on both the Charles River Campus and the Medical Campus.