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Green Office Initiative

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Promoting Environmental Awareness and Integrity in the Workplace

It is the duty and privilege of higher education institutions to take the initiative to promote sustainability in all facets of the university. The Green Office Initiative is sponsored by the NIU Student Association and the NIU Green Team in a collective effort to unite the administrative and academic offices across campus in a "green" atmosphere.

Who can apply? This program challenges offices and departments to make small changes in their daily operations that will promote environmental awareness. It is simple to start the process of becoming a Green Office!

  1. Office or Department follows steps to self-evaluate for bronze, then silver levels. (Must follow the levels in order.)
  2. Offices or Departments that wish to reach the gold level must arrange a meeting with one of the Green Office coordinators.
  3. Contact Johna Pishko about getting your office or department involved.
  4. At the meeting, the coordinator will go through the process to reach gold status.
  5. An office or department can stop at any point that they wish, but must start at the bronze level.

 

Department
Name

Bronze
Level

Silver
Level

Gold
Level

Administration and Finance

X

X

X

Admissions

X

Anthropology Department

X

Biological Sciences Department

X

Campus Services

X

College of Education - Office of the Dean

X

X

College of Education - Student Services

X

X

College of Health and Human Sciences - Office of the Dean

X

X

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences - Office of the Dean

X

X

X

College of Visual and Performing Arts - Office of the Dean

X

X

Counseling and Consultation Services

X

X

Department of Counseling, Adult and Higher Education (CAHE)

X

Department of Educational Technology, Research, and Assessment (ETRA)

X

X

Department of Kinesiology and Physical Education (KNPE)

X

X

Department of Literacy and Elementary Education

X

X

Department of Leadership, Educational Psychology, and Foundations (LEPF)

X

X

Department of Special and Early Education (SEED)

X

Division of Information Technology (DoIT)

X

X

X

Environmental Health and Safety

X

X

X

Geography Department

X

X

Lorado Taft Field Campus

X

X

Mathematics Department

X

X

Office of the President

X

X

X

Office of Student Academic Success

X

Office of Student Engagement and Experiential Learning

X

X

X

Office of University Council and Faculty Senate

X

Office of the Vice President for the
Division of Outreach, Engagement, and Regional Development

X

Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs and Enrollment Management

X

X X

Outreach, Engagement, and Regional Development - P-20 Center

X

X

Sociology Department

X

X

X

STEM Outreach Classroom

X

X

X

Student Association

X

X

X

Student Involvement and Leadership Development

X

X

X

University Honors Program

X

X

X

  • Recycle bins for paper will be reasonably available by all copiers, printers, and desks.
  • Additional recycling bins for plastic and glass will be made available in break rooms or common areas.
  • The Department or Office will always recycle batteries and print cartridges.
  • Office strives to eliminate the need for disposable utensils in the workplace (cups, mugs, plates, water bottles, etc.)
  • Reminders are to be placed throughout the office to keep the green initiatives in mind and promote environmental consciousness. Examples include: 
  • Offices should switch to a direct deposit in an effort to reduce waste by removing the physical pay stub.
  • Composting is considered as a method to reduce office waste.

Many offices throughout campus already participate in these activities casually. Our hope is that the acceptance of this program will cause office members to be more diligent and consistent with their environmental efforts, and ultimately encourage others to do the same.

Don't see your office? Contact Johna Pishko and refer to the recognition steps above for more information about how to get started.