Green Office Network

Green Office Network

The Green Office Network is the primary faculty and staff sustainability engagement program. The Office of Sustainability can help facilitate a conversation and better practices amongst the GW faculty and staff. Please review the information below and sign-up today!

Green Office Network

Purpose of the Program

  • To better understand office behavior and practices on a day-to-day basis
  • To foster a discussion about how to improve sustainability on the individual and office level
  • To improve awareness, build community and empower staff to make positive, healthy changes

How it Works

  • Offices sign-up to participate
  • A member of the Office of Sustainability will come and conduct a short, fun workshop with your office colleagues
  • At the meeting, the office will learn about sustainability challenges, areas for improvement and have the opportunity to ask any questions about sustainability at GW
  • At the conclusion of the workshop, the team will set goals for their office
  • Sample goal: Increase recycling rates, ensure that all lights are off at the end of the day, set all printing defaults to double-sided

Green Leaders

  • Green Leaders are the sustainability champions for their teams and help to continue to promote sustainability year-round
  • GON provides a forum for staff and faculty to discuss their interests in sustainability and propose initiatives in their departments
  • Green leaders help: plan events, educate staff and faculty, act as a point of contact for inter department networking, help achieve campus wide sustainability initiatives

Green Office Certification

Level 4

Campus Support Services, Division of Operations
Department of Biological Sciences, CCAS
Development and Alumni Relations (DAR)
Finance Division
Office of the Executive Vice President and Treasurer
Office of Graduate Admissions, ESIA

Level 3

Alumni Relations
Center for Advanced Study of Human Paleobiology, CCAS
Center for Civic Engagement and Public Service
Dean's Office, School of Business
Department of Biomedical Engineering, SEAS
Department of Computer Science, SEAS
Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, MISPH
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, SEAS
Department of Engineering Management and Systems Engineering, SEAS
Department of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences, MISPH
Department of Geography, CCAS
Department of Health Policy and Management, MISPH
Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, SEAS
Department of Prevention and Community Health, MISPH
Department of Undergraduat Programs, School of Business
DIT Endpoint Support and Development
Division of Operations, Support Building
IT, School of Business
Lerner Health and Wellness Center
School of Nursing - Foggy Bottom
School of Nursing, Undergraduate Division (VSTC)
Sustainability Collaborative
Tech Commons
University Human Resources
University Web Services 

Level 2

Academic Planning and Assessment
Administrative Suite, SEAS
Athletics Sports Marketing
The Biostatistics Center
Center for Undergraduate Fellowships and Research
College of Professional Studies: Office of the Dean
Computing Facility, SEAS
Dean's Office, SEAS
Department of Anthropology, CCAS
Department of Athletics and Recreation
Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Medicine
Department of Chemistry, CCAS
Department of Environmental and Occupational Health and Department of Global Health, MISPH
Dr. Moody's Biology Lab
F. David Fowler Career Center, School of Business
GW Campus Dining
GW Housing
GW Police Department
IT Support Services, School of Business
Office of Emergency Management
Office of Health and Safety
Office of the Provost
Summer and Special Programs
University Counseling Center
World Executive MBA Office, School of Business

Level 1

Graduate School of Education and Human Development
Office of the Dean, MISPH


Interested in becoming certified as a Green Office?

Interested in becoming certified as a Green Office? Offices can earn points by completing a list of sustainability actions, which are selected by the Green Leader and other members of the office. A member of the Office of Sustainability will guide the office in completing the actions that are chosen.

Examples of sustainable actions that lead to certification:

  • Staff members are aware of which disposable items should be recycled and which should be put in the trash
  • The office uses double-sided printing
  • All lights, computers, and monitors are turned off at night or when not in use
  • Members of the office use public transportation or bike to work.

When you sign up, your office is entered into a drawing for a free lunch.

Actions are worth various amounts of points based on the level of difficulty, and each office must reach a certain number of points in order to become certified.

  • Level 1: 30 points
  • Level 2: 50 points
  • Level 3: 70 points
  • Level 4: 90 points

Ready to get started?

  1. Download the New Green Office Certification Checklist 2.0, and consider which items your office is most interested in completing. A member of the Office of Sustainability will provide any additional resources that are needed, such as visual prompts or instructions for computer settings.
  2. Contact the Office of Sustainbility at, to schedule a consultation meeting to receive further information and resources for completing the chosen items.


Interested in past certifications?

GOC 1.0 (July 2014-December 2015)

GW students at the tap water taste fest at Earth Day 2012

Bottled Water Reduction

Offices interested in switching to in-line filtration systems can contact