Green Office program

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Get your office Green U Certified !

Get rid of your desk trash can and get Green U certified in no time! You want to see more sustainable changes in your office?  Green U is here to help!

Apply for Certification

Step 1:
- Download the CHECKLIST. Contact to schedule an introductory meeting. 

Step 2:
- Complete the checklist items you want to pursue. Actions marked with 'R' are Required for certification!

Step 3:
- Invite Green U for a 20 min presentation to your next Staff meeting.

Step 4:
- When your office is ready to certify, count the number of points you've earned and contact the GreenU office to schedule a final audit. Send your completed PDF checklist to The more points you collect, the closer you'll get to Platinum certification!

Step 5:
- Collect your Green Office plaque and take a photo with it to celebrate! Certifications are valid for two years. Please reapply when your current certification runs out.

Green Office Toolkit

  • Creating a Supply Inventory: Learn how to create a supply inventory for your office to reduce unnecessary purchases.

  • Sustainable Living at the U: Send this flyer to the staff at your office to promote sustainability, or print out, laminate, and hang in a common area.

  • Personal Trash Can Free Rationale: Learn about the pros of reducing the number of trashcans that are on-site at people’s desks and replacing them with Central Waste Stations instead.

Green teleworking

We all know that by teleworking we are offsetting our commute pollution. However, working from home has its own carbon footprint. Here are five tips to make your remote work life greener:

  1. Minimize paper usage, or use Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified 30% recycled paper.

  2. Choose a laptop rather than a PC, and set it to start sleep mode after 10 minutes or less of inactivity.

  3. Use a smart strip to turn off all appliances at once, and visit your FPL Account Energy Manager for more tips.

  4. Apply to FPL Solar Together to run on solar energy without installing panels.

  5. Use the time you gained not commuting to take care of your health, the ones around you, and the planet. Spend more time planting in the garden, on your balcony, or cooking fresh food.

  6. There are so many ways to conserve water too. SImply follow Miami Dade County recommendations. Learn more.

 Live Disposable Plastic Free

Find Environmentally Preferred Products on U Market Place

Buy recycled office supply from Staples Sustainable Earth

Medical campus: SILVER 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! 

 HERE is an example of a very motivating email from a green leader to her team:



- Visit our Green Tips PAGE
- Download the Turn off the light stickers, print them on 5167 labels
- Download the Green Pledge stickers, print them on 5264 labels.
- Download our U Conserve Campaign poster > Print in color
- Download the “Set Double Sided B & W printing by default on your PC” document
- Download the “Take back the Tap” link
- Download the Carpool board document
 Green tips Sustainable coffee

Certified Green Offices

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  • Platinum

    Congratulations to Rosa Neely and her team at the U Health Distribution Center in Medley. They just had their office Green U certified at the Platinum level!
    Special kudos to their Green Liaison, Liannet Alberto who managed the certification process and pushed the envelope to get the highest recognition on the Green Office Program. Here are some examples of sustainable features the  team brought to their department.
    Green plants are healthy for interiors! SoA recognition plaque Alkaline batteries recycling
    FSC - 30% recycled copy paper Low lighting, natural lighting and more greenery
    Educational signage Electric Cargo Vans
    Extra insulation in the warehouse 
    Surplus section Keurig Terra Cycle recycling box FSC certified cups

    ’Canes Central team rallies to adopt
    sustainable office practices

    While participating in the Green Office Certification Program, the co-workers united to incorporate changes. And they even earned platinum-level status, the first achieved by any group at the University. Learn more
    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. 


  • Gold

    • UM Aux. Services (Hurricanes Food Court)
    • Graduate School Dean's Office (Ashe Administration Bldg.)
    • LGBTQ Student Center (Whitten University Center)
    • School of Nursing & Health Studies Office of Student Services (School of Nursing & Health Studies)
    • A&S Office of Interdisciplinary & Professional Studies (1300 Campo Sano)

  • Bronze

    • A&S Communications Services (Ashe Administration Bldg.)