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Green Office Program

Creating a More Sustainable Campus, One Office at a Time.

What Is the Green Office Program?

The Green Office Program is an initiative to develop more sustainable practices in various USU offices and departments. The program involves collaboration to make changes in offices with the help of the Green Office coordinator and the office’s Green Team by completing the certification process. Throughout the certification, areas that need improvement as well as areas where the offices are succeeding are brought to light. From there, the office’s green team and coordinator set goals of how to improve further.

How Does My Office Become Certified?

Contact the Green Office Program with your intentions to have your office certified by registering and filling out the pre assessment form for your office here. Once you've done this, create a Green Team. 

Each office is capable of being recognized as a Green Office Certified, Silver, Gold, or Platinum office as a result of their efforts. Points will be awarded for each action that is completed.

Certified                   50% earned of total points

Silver                        65%

Gold                         80%

Platinum                  95%

Platinum Certified Offices

  • None yet

Gold Certified Offices

  • Geosciences Department: Ellen Imler
  • History Department: Lawrence Culver, Seth Archer, Chris Conte
  • Sustainability Office/CCE: Kate Stephens
  • Outdoor Recreation Program: Greg Davis

Silver Certified Offices

  • Aggie Blue Bikes: Meg McCarthy
  • Facilities Administration and Facilities Customer Service: Kristen Walton
  • QCNR Dean's Complex: Janelle Perry, Patsy Palacios
  • Quinney Library: Sydney Southers, Patsy Palacios 

Green Certified Offices

  • Environment & Society: Becky Hirst
  • Facilities Planning, Design & Construction: Alexi Lamm
  • Office of Global Engagement: Rachel Bernardo, Nancy Hyde, Kathleen Fretwell, Janis Boettinger
  • SNAC Pantry: Erin Lundberg
  • Watershed Sciences: Enid Kelley, Patsy Palacios 
  • Wildland Resources: Marsha Bailey, Patsy Palacios 

Waste Reduction & Recycling

  • How do I recycle batteries?
    Battery collection bins are around campus, including in front of the TSC copy center and near the entrance to the library. The recycling center website has a complete list of battery recycling locations or Google “USU battery recycling.”
  • What can I do with my old laptop, phone, or other e-waste?
    • If your old electronics are owned by the university, contact USU Surplus before disposing of them.
    • If they are not functional, Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) takes campus-generated e-waste. You can schedule a pickup with Environmental Health and Safety or Google “USU EHS Assistant.”
    • If your old personal electronics are not functional, Logan Landfill takes personal e-waste for free.
  • What can I do with my old light bulbs?
    • If your old light bulbs are still functional, contact USU Surplus before disposing of them.
    • If your old light bulbs are not functional, the Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) department takes them. You can schedule a pickup with EHS or Google “USU EHS Assistant.”
  • What can I put in recycling bins around campus?
    Reducing and reusing saves energy involved in manufacturing all materials and cuts down on waste that cannot be recycled.
    • Recycle white and colored office paper that is free of grease or other food waste, including glossy paper, cardstock, and paperboard.
    • Recycle clean plastics #1 and #2 only. Other plastics are not recyclable at USU.
    • Recycle clean steel and aluminum cans.
      *If you have glass, please bring it to the recycling center (or place it in normal trash bins). If placed in campus recycling bins, it can become a cut and safety hazard.
  • How can I begin composting?

Best Practices

  • What are some of the most important things I can do to be more sustainable?
    Transportation is one of the most carbon-intensive daily activities for many people.
    • The best solution is to opt for webinars or teleconferencing when possible.
    • If you need to be somewhere in person, consider the lowest carbon options. Walking, biking, and electric golf carts are possibilities on campus.
    • Carpool for longer trips if possible. Choose an efficient vehicle that is the right size for you or, if carpooling, your group.
    • If flying is necessary, try to select non-stop flights (as launch and landing use the most fuel) and offset your carbon emissions.
    • You can voluntarily offset carbon by telling your travel approver to check the box on your travel reimbursement form. A number of other reputable companies also offer offsets for personal travel.

    Heating and cooling use large amounts of energy as well. Personal heaters and cooling devices are particularly inefficient. Follow USU Policy 525.
    • Choose Energy Star appliances.
    • Discontinue the use of space heaters and personal minifridges.
    • Dress for the season and set your thermostat warmer in the summer (over 70°) and cooler in the winter (under 70°) to make your space comfortable.
    • Close windows and blinds at night to save significant amounts of energy as windows can let significant amounts of heat in and out.
    • Shut fume hoods when they aren’t in use.
  • How can I make my cleaning supplies more sustainable?
    You can make your own cleaner by mixing white vinegar with water (half and half) in a spray bottle and using reusable rags or old t-shirts to wipe down surfaces. When buying cleaning supplies, you can look for supplies that are Green Seal, Ecologo, or EPA DfE certified.

What Is a Green Team?

A Green Team is a group of dedicated individuals who are motivated to make USU more sustainable. They will work together with the Green Office coordinator to complete the Green Office certification process and set goals for further improvement. The Green Teams will also be able to correspond with other office and departments' teams as a campus resource.

Tips for Creating a Green Team

Benefits of Being Green Office Certified

  • Be recognized as a campus champion of sustainability
  • Learn skills to be an effective communicator of sustainable practices in your office

Take the initial Green Office Survey.