AS Sustainable Office Certification
Starting in the 2016 – 2017 school year, WWU Associated Students programs began pursuing the Sustainable Office Certification.
Steps to Certification
- Identify a volunteer who can become the Sustainable Coordinator for your office
- Contact the campus conservation staff to begin: OSConservation@wwu.edu
- 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 hand-made certification, be recognized at the annual awards celebration, and will be added to the published list of Sustainable Office partners.
What is Sustainable Office Certification?
Sustainable Office Certification supports sustainable actions and provides a simple way of measuring efforts that happen at the office level. AS programs annually asses their current practices and seek actions to improve social justice, human health, the local economy and ecological sustainability.
Why pursue Sustainable Office Certification?
Show students and staff your commitment to social justice, human health, the local economy, and ecological sustainability. Sustainability is about more than environmental impact; social and economic factors are equally important. Landfills are a health risk to low-income communities around the world and according to the EPA, all landfills will eventually leak toxic garbage juices. Transportation exhaust contributes to air and water pollution, worsening human health and the natural environment. Every department at Western intersects with these issues, and sustainability is an integral solution.
Associated Student staff in every office can create a positive impact by implementing sustainable solutions into their programs and large events. Student staff will take this experience with them into the working world, and the Associated Students will become an even greater partner in Western’s sustainability leadership.
2017-2018 Certified AS Offices
Find your office below!
Being the Environmental and Sustainability Program, the ESP focuses on sustainability in everything they do. The ESP fosters the environmental community at Western and engages students through programming such as the Outback Farm. In 2016, the ESP director suggested getting AS programs certified to help realize AS goals surrounding sustainability.
The Club Hub
The Club Hub became certified for the first time in 2017-2018 academic year. They’re aiming to become sustainable resource for clubs, and hosted a sustainable club session during club boost spring quarter, which will integrate into the sustainability checklist.
diAbility Outreach Center
The disAbility Outreach Center intersects with sustainability by attempting to gain equity and accessibility for all students. They’re currently improving the disability checklist for events, which will integrated into the sustainability checklist.
The Publicity Center became recertified in the 2017-2018 academic year, and were one of the largest AS programs to gain certification. They look for sustainable advertising options, using digital media instead of paper where possible, look for sustainable purchasing options for large banners, and always recycle. The publicity center also uses an E-Trike rather than a delivery truck!
Check out the Sustainable Action Fund to find out more about projects like the E-Trike and how to fund other sustainable projects.
AS Productions became gold certified in the 2017-2018 academic year. In their Certification, they committed to improving sustainable event planning for the wide variety of events that they host, as well as improving their office practices.
Representation and Engagement Programs
The REP has helped to highlight the connections between sustainability and social and environmental justice. After assessing their program, REP made improvements surrounding accessibility of AS events, workplace safety, and food. The REP offers plant-based food options at events and suggested a number of innovations, including creating an accessibility checklist for events, which is currently underway.
AS Business Office
The AS Business Office is silver certified and was one of the first offices to become certified in the 2016 to 2017 school year. They used the certification to make improvements to safety and wellness, power down over breaks, and waste sorting.
AS Publicity Center
The AS Publicity Center was one of the largest AS programs to gain certification. They look for sustainable advertising options, using digital media instead of paper where possible, look for sustainable purchasing options for large banners, and always recycle. The publicity center also uses an E-Trike rather than a delivery truck!
Check out the SAF funded e-bike pilot program here
The Womxn’s Center focused their attention on event planning and running sustainable events. They have implemented the 12 Steps for Sustainable Events, and have improved office practices, including energy usage. Before completing the certification, they made their own recycle bin!
Social Issues Resource Center
The Social Issues Resource Center promotes environmental justice through programming and partnerships with student clubs. After assessing their program for Sustainable office Certification, they lowered energy use in their staff room and implemented planning tips for sustainable events.
Environmental and Sustainability Programs
The Environmental and Sustainability Programs suggested pursuing the sustainable office certification for all AS offices to help realize AS goals surrounding sustainability. The ESP connects the environmental community at Western and engages students through programming such as the Outback Farm.
The student government helped to implement the sustainable office certification in the AS. They largely contribute to campus sustainability through organizational policy change. They were the first office to gain the certification and became a model for certifying other AS offices.
Legal Information Center
Programming in the Legal Information Center overlaps with sustainability through social justice and human health. Events and information aimed at raising awareness about renter’s rights, for example, connects students with the resources to ensure their health and safety as renters, as well as the health of the community and local environment.
disAbility Outreach Center
The disAbility Outreach Center bridges connections between equity for students of varied abilities, and sustainable planning goals. In their certification, they committed to improvements in sustainable event planning and accessibility of events, as well as office practices.
disAbility Outreach Center
The Club Hub
Volunteer for your office!
Queer Resource Center
Ethnic Student Center
AS Personnel Office
Campus Conservation Outreach and Engagement Assistant
Green Office Tools