Green Office Certification Program
Welcome Citizens, Mayors, Senators and Governors!
Is your department or office suite interested in becoming a part of the APSU movement to GO green? Follow these five steps (in consecutive order) to get started:
1. GO Rep! GO Team!
2. GO Pledge
3. GO Assess
4. Get GO-ing
5. APSU GO Certification
Designate a staff person who is interested in sustainability, but especially enjoys rallying their co-workers toward a common goal. Then they should assemble a GO Team to help implement the program and keep it GO-ing. Your Rep should complete the GO Rep form and e-mail it to Laura Prange in the Office of Campus Sustainability (firstname.lastname@example.org). The office should have the approval of the head of the office, (dean, department chair, director, VP).
GO Reps must agree to:
- Be the liaison between your office and the Office of Campus Sustainability
- Attend a 1.5 hour workshop to review credits assessment list, tools and implementation resources. Check the workshop schedule for the fall semester and sign up.
- Maintain credits assessment and/or tracking worksheets, and submit for review by the Staff Senate Sustainability Committee to find out whether you are a Citizen, Mayor, Senator or Governor
- Display your green certification in a prominent place in your office suite
- Allocate time each month to work with your team to improve green initiatives in your office
- List your name and contact information on the GO APSU Page at the Staff Senate website
GO Team members must agree to:
Work to support the Rep and co-workers in implementing credits list actions
The credits assessment and tracking process will allow you to follow your progress over time. For starters, review the credits list to determine what your office is already doing, and what is “low hanging fruit.” After completing the workshop and the credits assessment worksheet you’ll know at what level you qualify, or what you need to do to become a Citizen! Every year after your office can go for re-certification in the fall by attending a workshop and completing the credits worksheet. It’s important to know just how much your office has improved. Hopefully, it will mean moving up to the next level!
Your Rep will announce the initiative to all office staff and ask for a pledge of commitment to participate. It takes everyone to do every-day small things to add up to big change, and your green team will share on deciding which green actions from the credits list to pursue.
There are four levels of certification. From the highest, they are: Governor, Senator,
Each level requires a certain number of points earned by achieving credits on the credit assessment list.
Governor 248-318 points
Senator 176-246 points
Mayor 104-174 points
Citizen 30-102 points
Once you have access to the GO Campaign page includes a Tool Kit to support the
To achieve the Citizen Level you must earn at least 30 points. The checklists are designed to be adaptable for different kinds of office suites and departments. For example, “Have motion sensor light switches” is desirable, but ultimately up to the Physical Plant to fund and implement.
Once you’ve achieved Citizen Level certification your office will receive:
- An award to display on a wall in or around your office
- Acknowledgement of your certification level on both the Staff Senate and Sustainability website
- A digital logo to place on your own website
- A digital footer for your email signature file
- Ongoing support to maintain and advance your certification level
A year will go by fast. During this time much can be accomplished by an enthusiastic Rep & Team with co-workers. Paperwork for re-certification may be accessed once the Rep has submitted the form for re-certification along with credits assessment and tracking worksheets, available in the fall of 2019.
Below is the link and materials to begin the GO Certification program as well as a viewable file to help you prepare for the certification program.