KU recognizes green offices

LAWRENCE – The KU Center for Sustainability recently recognized efforts by campus departments to reduce their environmental impact. As part of an Earth Day celebration April 17, eight departments were designated as “Green Offices” through a program administered by the Center.

Developed by KU’s Sustainability Ambassador Network, the Green Office Recognition Program was established to raise awareness about sustainable practices in the office and foster efforts to create more sustainable workspaces at KU.  

Participants in the program complete an application that identifies specific actions their offices are taking, including strategies for cutting energy consumption, reducing waste and making environmentallypreferable purchases. Each action is assigned a point value, and an applicant’s total score determines their overall level of achievement, with Level 3 Green Offices reaching the highest level of recognition.

Departments that were recognized by the program include:

Level 1
•    Center of Latin American Studies
•    International Programs

Level 2
•    Office of the Chancellor
•    Policy Office
•    Work Group for Community Health & Development

Level 3
•    Center for Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies
•    Office of the Provost
•    Recreation Services

The Office of the Chancellor and Recreation Services were both recognized for improving from Level 1 status achieved in 2011, and the Office of the Provost improved from Level 2 status. Since the program was established in 2010, 32 campus departments have been designated as Green Offices.