Sustainable Office Certification
SOC is for administrative and academic office working groups, to measure, improve, and get recognition for their daily practices that reduce energy and materials consumption, impacts and waste. As of Spring 2015, 19% of campus offices are certified. Participation is open to all. Contact the SOC coordinator to learn more, and sign your office up for Sustainable Office Certification support and tools.
Everyone can do the Top 10 Actions for Campus Sustainability. Small actions make a big difference.
Offices can also take the 12 Actions For Sustainable Events.
Sustainable Office Certification reduces costs, protects the environment, conserves resources and promotes fairness, safety and health. The program supports actions and provides a simple way of measuring efforts that happen at the office level. Participating Offices are recognized for their level of achievement, as a way of showing thanks and appreciation for measurement of work well done.
- Get your office supervisor’s ok, and volunteer to assist your office team through the certification process.
- Contact the Campus Conservation Coordinator, and download the Sustainable Office Certification score sheet. Ask for assistance conducting a workplace assessment and completing the score sheet – trained student interns are available.
- Meet with the SOC manager to confirm your certification level. Your office will receive a framed certificate of Achievement signed by the University President, be recognized at the annual Western Sustainability Awards reception, and will be added to the published list of Sustainable Office partners.
Bronze, Silver, Gold, and Platinum certification levels are determined by the number of points acquired, using the checklist score sheet.