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Posted by Morgan White on August 26, 2014
Enrollment in the Certified Green Office Program will be open throughout the Fall 2014 semester. Don’t get caught enrolling at the last minute, though. The deadline to complete the five required sustainability commitments is December 15, 2014. We recommend that you and your office get started as soon as possible to leave extra time for additional commitments (see more below!). Office leaders must identify a Sustainability Ambassador before enrolling in the program.
After enrolling for the program, you can use this application to track your progress and send the completed form by December 15, 2014 to email@example.com. Once you complete the required commitments and email us the application (Excel spreadsheet), the iSEE team will review the applications from March to April 2015 and notify the award winners by April 10, 2015. The certificates will be presented during Earth Week 2015. The participants will also be mentioned on the iSEE website and publicized through our social media outlets.
Nervous about getting things done? Don’t be! The iSEE team will be in regular communication with your office Sustainability Ambassador to answer questions and assist with implementation. We will regularly update our website with resources to help you implement sustainability commitments. In addition, we will hold four meetings throughout the semester to share best practices and discuss any challenges offices may face. Each meeting will center on a different commitment theme and give you ideas about how you can implement green practices:
August 28, 2014 – Introduction: Completing the five basic commitments (University YMCA, Latzer Hall) — RSVP HERE!
September 25, 2014 – Topic TBA (Illini Union, Room 210) — RSVP HERE!
November 4, 2014 – Topic TBA (Illini Union, Room 314B) — RSVP HERE!
December 4, 2014 – Topic TBA (Illini Union, Room 314B) — RSVP HERE!
All meetings will be held between 10 a.m. and 11 a.m.
Can’t make these meetings? The presentations will be posted on the iSEE website.
Go the extra mile!
Offices are encouraged to make additional commitments and perform additional acts to become a Bronze-, Silver-, or Gold-level Certified Green Office. Offices can choose from 17 additional commitments. The implementation deadline for these additional action items is March 15, 2015. To become a:
Bronze Certified Green Office – make 40% or more (at least 7) of the total additional commitments.
Silver Certified Green Office – make 60% or more (at least 11) of the total additional commitments.
Gold Certified Green Office – make 80% or more (at least 14) of the total additional commitments.
The additional commitments can be found here.
The Certified Green Office Program application
Promotional information and presentations coming soon!
If you have any further questions, please contact Nishant Makhijani, iSEE's Student Intern for Campus Sustainability.