Center for Research on Families Awarded “GREEN” status in Campus Sustainability Initiative

Center for Research on Families Awarded “GREEN” status in Campus Sustainability Initiative

In an effort to decrease the amount of waste produced in campus offices, the Campus Sustainability Initiative created the Green Office Program. Of the 21 offices that participated we are thrilled to announce that the Center for Research on Family has received the coveted Green Office award. In fact, we were one of the first to step up to the challenge thanks to our office manager who led the charge. Special thanks to Carla Williamson who’s green thumb lead the way.

The program is designed to help the university reach the emissions and waste reduction goals outlined in the Climate Action Plan, this program aims to alter daily office practices. The offices that choose to participate in the program work to complete requirements based on a four level scale: bronze, silver, gold and green. Each level is based off of five topics: energy, recycling, waste reduction, kitchens and purchasing, which outline more sustainable office behaviors and operations. Completion of the program occurs once an office fulfills the criteria for the “green” level. 

The Campus Sustainability Initiative works individually with each office to devise a plan customized to meet the office’s needs. The system allows for a friendly competition between offices to see who can reach the green certification. Recognition is rewarded for every level completed, both with a congratulatory certificate and acknowledgement in Sustainability Initiative publications.

For more information go to: http://www.umass.edu/livesustainably/green-office