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 2018, 28% of campus offices are certified. Participation is open to all, and we can also assist in certifying entire departments or office groups. 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.
- Contact the Campus Conservation Coordinator to begin: Carol.Berry@wwu.edu | (360)650-7979
- Download and complete the Sustainable Office Certification score sheet
- Meet with the conservation staff and make improvements
- Email your completed certification to the coordinator to confirm your certification level
Your office will receive a framed Certificate of Achievement signed by the University President, will be recognized at the annual Western Sustainability Awards reception, and will be added to the published list of Sustainable Office partners.
The Sustainable Office Certification protects the environment, conserves resources, reduces costs, 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.
Each action on the score-sheet has been assigned a point value based on its perceived difficulty and benefits. Bronze, silver, gold, and platinum certification levels are determined by the number of points acquired, using the score-sheet. If certain criteria do not apply to your office, you can click “This does not apply to our office”.