Green Office Network

Green Office Network

The Green Office Network is the primary faculty and staff sustainability engagement program. Since its origin in 2014, more than 50 offices have become certified and joined the Green Office Network. Our most recent major update, in August 2017, introduced a new version of the calculation sheet that streamlines the certification process. If you're interested in joining the Green Office Network, review the information below and sign-up today!

Program Overview

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 and faculty to make positive changes

Green Leaders

  • Green Leaders are the sustainability champions for their offices and help to continue to promote sustainability year-round.
  • The Green Office Network provides a forum for staff and faculty to discuss their interests in sustainability and propose initiatives in their departments and at the University.
  • Green Leaders help plan sustainable events, educate staff and faculty about best practices, act as a point of contact for inter-departmental networking, and work towards achieving campus-wide sustainability initiatives.

How to Get Certified

  1. Select a Green Leader for your office.
  2. Download the Green Office Certification Checklist, a fillable Excel spreadsheet.
  3. Read through and complete the spreadsheet.
  4. Send out the Green Office Network Census to members of your office (email [email protected] to get added to the census)
  5. Email [email protected] or fill out this interest form to schedule a certification meeting.
  6. A member of the Office of Sustainability will visit your office for a walk-through, answer any questions you may have, and complete your certification.
  7. Come to monthly Green Office Network meetings and keep your certification up-to-date by renewing annually.

Certified Offices

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 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
Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program

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 Biomedical Engineering, SEAS
Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Medicine, SMHS
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


Past Versions

The current version of the Certification Checklist is version 3.1.

Updates in version 3.1:

  • Addition of Credit KI-2.4: Only Single-Serve Reusable Pods with Bulk Coffee
    • If a single-serve coffee maker is used (e.g. Keurig), the office provides only bulk coffee for reusable pods.
    • This change allows for offices with a Keurig single-serve coffee maker to receive full points for Credit KI-2.
  • Creation of a Green Office Network Census webform for Green Leaders to share with office members
    • This change allows for Green Leaders to collect information for the Census portion of the spreadsheet in a consistent format across the network
    • Please email [email protected] when certifying or re-certifying to be added to the webform.

Past Versions:

GOC 1.0 (July 2014December 2015)

Green Office Certification Checklist 2.0 (December 2015August 2017)

Green Office Certification Checklist version 3.0 (August 2017November 2017)

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 [email protected]