Background & Mission
Earlham’s Green Office Program was developed in 2011 by the Sustainability Office and the Environmental Responsibility Committee with the purpose of fostering awareness and implementation of sustainable practices in Earlham campus offices with the goal of reducing energy use and waste production across campus. By participating in the program, campus offices have the opportunity to review their current sustainability practices and work with the Sustainability Corps to increase their portfolio of sustainability practices.
The Earlham Green Office Program was developed through research into similar programs at colleges across the country, drawing particularly from programs at Carleton College and Pomona College. The certification program is linked solely to Earlham College, however, and does not represent the consensus of any outside certifying body.
The program consists of an initial audit of sustainability practices conducted by the office, a flexible period of improvement with consultation and assistance from the Sustainability Corps, the delivery of a certification level, and recognition for achievement in sustainable practices. After being rated, offices may resubmit an improved audit for consideration for a higher level of certification at any time. Offices certified at all levels are recognized on the Environmental Leadership Program's website. This is a voluntary program and any office may choose to participate.
For the purposes of the Green Office Program an office is defined as any area on campus where a group of people works in physical space together, the exact boundaries are up to the office to decide. For example, the Psychology Department may decide to sign up for the program and include their administrative spaces as well as their kitchen and professor offices all as one “office” for the program, while the Institutional Advancement office may decide to participate using their first floor wing of Carpenter as the boundaries of their “office”.
The initial audit should take 1-2 hours to complete. The time investment in the program comes in if the office decides to pursue switching to more sustainable practices. This can be done in consultation with the Sustainability Office and on the timeline most convenient for the office. Certifications will be awarded on a rolling basis, with recognition events at the end of each academic year.
How to Sign Up
An office-designated liaison should contact the Director of the Environmental Leadership Program at firstname.lastname@example.org. An Energy Conservation Specialist will reply and get you set up for your first audit.
Program materials can be downloaded from the Earlham College Sustainability website or by clicking the links in the sidebar. The checklist available to download on the website is for your office to look at to get an idea of what the audit will look like.
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