Green Liaisons

Peer to peer sustainability education program for staff and faculty at the U

University of Miami faculty and staff can volunteer as Green Liaisons for their respective offices, units, or departments. Green Liaisons share information about environmental sustainability initiatives and opportunities while identifying improvements in their own units, to support the University’ Sustainability Mission. This mission can only be fulfilled if the entire UM community is involved in these efforts. The goal of the Green Liaison Program is to fulfil that mission by promoting an ethic of environmental responsibility campus-wide.

Green Liaisons' mission:                                                          

  • Raise awareness about sustainable living and Green U events listed in the Green U Newsletter
  • Act as informational channels regarding UM sustainability programs and initiatives (ex: Green Office, Green Lab…)
  • Identify and initiate environmental projects in academic and administrative units across the University.
    Below, you will find examples of offices and departments who started initiatives on their own.

Green Liaisons Commitment:

Green Liaisons Initiatives
Toner cartridges recycing update:  Learn about our programs from Canon and Staples, visit
Big kudos to the 'Canes Central team! They are now part of the Green Office certified community! They even reached Platinum by adding new ideas to our checklist, educational games on recycling in the kitchen, promotion of the Green U site on QRCodes at each desk, reusable tote bags and utensils for each employee... Special thanks to their Green Liaison, Samantha Valea. 

Go a step further, like at the Miami Business School:
"As global citizens, we at MBS are dedicated to sustainability and doing what can be done to minimize our environmental impact.  One such initiative includes building upon our existing thought leadership strengths to drive educational opportunities in sustainability.  Other initiatives relate to MBS’s business practices and personal approaches to sustainability at work.  One such initiative being spearheaded by Dean Quelch is the progressive elimination of plastic bottles and packaging at MBS.

Medical campus: SILVER rating for our Dpt of General Surgery Residency Training Program. Special Thanks to our Green champion, Maria Otero. Here are examples from Maria's office on how to apply simple green principles in your office:
Reminders to turn off the lights / Plants improve air quality and wellness / Bring your lunch box, your coffee tumbler, your reusable water bottle, and a small trash bucket > we don't really need that big trask desk bin, most of what's in an office is recyclable! 


Dr. Karoline Briegel, Principal Investagor in the Rosenstiel Medical Science Building decided to pay a little extra to recycle pipette tip boxes with VWR program. Unfortunately, most of #5 plastic containers are not accepted in our Miami Dade County Recycling system, but thanks to green champions like Dr. Briegel, we find new ways of addressing challenges.

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