Areas of Assessment

Offices are not measured against truly sustainable practices such as zero waste, but rather by office practice standards based on what is currently attainable. Given these parameters, offices have the opportunity to move toward sustainability by improving their daily practices.  Therefore, offices on the UCSC campus are rated on the scale of Excellent to Poor with the understanding that if excellence is achieved, room for improvement toward sustainability continues to exist.  

Areas of Assessment

These are the sections we will be using to determine your office's score and ranking. These sections will be on our self-assessment calculator that each office fills out. Click on each assessment to be directed to the page with a detailed explanation on how each office will be evaluated in each.  

Green Office Certifications Tiers

Participating offices and divisions are certified at the following levels:

TIER

AWARD LEVEL

SCORES

TIER 4

TREE

90-100%

TIER 3

SAPLING

75-89%

TIER 2

SPROUT

41-74%

TIER 1

SEED

30-40%

Scoring Guideline

Excellent (91%-100%) - Most or all attainable sustainable office practices are implemented. Room for improvement continues to exist.

Very Good (75%-90%) - Incorporation of many sustainable office practices; more can be done to achieve excellence.

Good (59%-74%) - Average inclusion of functional sustainable office practices.

Fair (41%-58%) - Many more sustainable office practices can be integrated with the few currently in use. 

Poor (0.0%-40%) - Indicates the majority of the simple, generally recognized sustainable office practices are not currently in use.

If an entire division is being certified, we calculate the average percentage score for all offices, and that score is used to determine the certification level (could go below the table and scoring guideline)