Green Office Program

What is the Green Office Program?

The Green Office Program encourages and facilitates energy and waste reduction practices in offices across campus. 

UMass Amherst currently has over 85 offices (and counting) that participate in the Green Office Program. Find the full list of offices working to be more sustainable here

How Does It Work?

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 four topics: energy, waste and recycling, 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.

Our Sustainability Fellows work 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 with a congratulatory certificate.
Scoring for certification for v2.0 (Launched February, 2013) is as follows:

  • Bronze: 8+
  • Silver: 12+
  • Gold: 16+
  • Green: 20+
  • Evergreen: 25+

Contact Us

Email the Green Office Program team here.


Step-by-Step Guide to the Green Office Program:

  1. To get started, download the Green Office Program Checklist Calculator here to see how green your office is.
    This will open in Dropbox, simply go to "Download" to save and open on your computer.
  2. Once you complete the calculator, please email the Green Office Program team here with your score and to schedule a walk-through.
  3. Perform a walk-through with a Green Office Program fellow.

The Evergreen Checklist

Offices are eligible for Evergreen status if:

  1. They maintain green certification for at least two semesters.
  2. Earn a minimum of 5 innovation credits.
  3. Recruit another office to the program.

Evergreen Checklist Available here (PDF)


The Minute Riders Program is now being operated by the Green Office Program Fellows. The program offers student-led, bike-powered compost pickup services available to Green Offices on campus. We will assist offices that have kitchens or break rooms in collecting their own composting by providing counter-top compost bins and liners, and student Green Office Fellows assigned to your Green Office will use pedal power to collect it bi-weekly. To enroll in the program, please contact the Campus Sustainability Manager at 545-0799.


The following links are resources for greening your office.
Please download them and print only as needed.
Debunking Myths Guide
Green Purchasing Guide  
Break Email Template 
Break and Holiday Checklist 
Changing Power Options  
Eco-Leader Email Template 
End-of-the-Day Checklist 
Light Switch Reminder
Reducing Paper Margins 
Sustainable Lighting 
Innovation Credit Info Sheet  
One Sided Paper Box Label