Congratulations to the Oregon Climate Change Research Institute on earning the gold-level Green Office Certification!
The Sustainability Office has been working with OCCRI, in collaboration with PMEC and PacWave, on ways to ‘green’ their space and they’ve done an amazing job!
Some highlights from their results include:
- Using teleconference technology to reduce travel and cut down on emissions.
- 95% of Employees using some form of transportation other than a Single Occupancy Vehicle
- Employing a Sustainability Advocate to assist with greening the office space.
- Purchasing computer-related equipment that is EnergyStar compliant and/or with an EPEAT rating of at least Gold.
- Providing information to employees about special material recycling at OSU.
The Oregon Climate Change Research Institute joins the twelve other OSU offices that have received a certification so far, and the two other offices that have received the gold level! We can’t wait to see how they plan to improve their score and go for platinum!
About the Certification:
The Green Office Certification is a simple yet effective way for OSU faculty and staff to further their sustainability efforts and get recognition for their work. It is also intended to provide new ideas for easy steps your office can take to reduce your environmental footprint and carbon emissions.
It takes the shape of an online survey that assesses current office practices under five categories: Utilities, Waste Management, Office Purchasing, Transportation and Travel, and Outreach, Engagement, and Professional Development.
Possible Certification Levels:
- Copper (50-59%)
- Silver (60-69%)
- Gold (70-79%)
- Platinum (80+%)
Don’t work in an office but are still interested in ‘greening’ your space? Check out our Green Labs Certification and Green Greek Certification. More information about our Green Certifications program can be found here.