Areas of Assessment

We assess offices on their sustainable purchasing practices, such as purchasing through local businesses, utilizing the UCSC Green Purchasing Guide, purchasing green electronics, and purchasing Post-Consumer Waste (PCW) paper. If your office needs more help on understanding sustainable purchasing, please look at the valuable resources below.

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)