Certified Offices

Below is the list of every office that has successfully completed the Green Office Program and earned a Green Office Certification. Click on the name of an office to view its profile--see the staff, read a little bit about how the process was for them, and pick up some tips from a certified office. Certifications are good for 3 years.

  • Department/Office Green Office Certification Rating Quarter Year
    SBS (SVC) Sapling Spring 2018
    Risk Services Tree Winter 2018
    Student Success Sapling Fall 2017
    Office of the Registrar Tree Fall 2017
    Financial Accounting & Reporting Sapling Fall 2017
    Financial Administrative Services and Transaction Sapling Fall 2017
    Extra Mural Funds Sapling Fall 2017
    Procurement Services Sapling Fall 2017
    Enterprise Financial Systems Sapling  Fall 2017
    Payroll Office Sapling Fall 2017
    Controller's Office Tree Fall 2017
    Social Science Dean Sapling Summer 2017
    Library Business Office Sapling Summer 2017
    Arboretum Sapling Spring 2017
    Physics Sprout Spring 2017
    CHES Administration Sprout Winter 2017
    Stevenson Admin Sprout Winter 2017
    Undergraduate Education Sapling Winter 2017
    Heat Plant Sapling Fall 2016
    KZSC  Sproud Fall 2017
    Summer Session Sprout Fall 2016
    Dean of Students Sprout Summer 2016
    Environmental Health & Safety Sapling Spring 2016
    Ethnic Resources Center Sprout Spring 2016
    Office of Admissions - Cookhouse Sapling Spring 2016
    Office of Admissions - Hanh  Sprout Spring 2016
    Financial Aid and Scholarship Office Sprout Winter 2016
    Learning Spaces Operations Sapling Fall 2015
    Art Department Sapling Summer 2015
    Interdisciplinary Studies Sprout Summer 2015
    Academic Services Sapling Spring 2015
    College Eight Sprout Spring 2014
    Vice Chancellor of Business and Administrative Services Tree Spring 2013
    OPERS Sprout Spring 2014
    Physical Planning & Construction Sapling Spring 2014
    Kresge Housing Office Tree Winter 2014
    PBSCI Undergraduate Affairs Sapling Winter 2014
    Humanities Department Sapling Fall 2013
    Psychology Department Sprout Fall 2013
    BAS - Operations & Resource Management Sprout Spring 2013
    Chancellor's Office Sapling Winter 2013
    Student Union Assembly Sprout Winter 2013
    Natural Reserves Sprout Fall 2012
    Sustainability Office Tree Fall 2012
    Cantu/GLBTI/Queer Center Sapling Winter 2012
    Humanities Division Sapling Fall 2013
    Philosophy Department Sprout Spring 2016
    Writing Program Sprout Spring 2015
    Linguistics Department Sapling Summer 2015
    History Department Sapling Summer 2015
    Language and Applied Linguistics Sapling Spring 2016
    Literature Department Sprout Fall 2016

Environmental Health & Safety

ehs department team photo(From left to right, back row - Karianne Terry, April Anstey, Brent Cooley, Pat Goff, Vern Area, Marcus Balanky, Dan Blunk, Kitty Woldow.  Front row from left to right - Justin Delemus, Conrad Sherman, Christina Lombardo, Jeanie Ramos, Lisa Wisser, Terra Haddad)

"The best part about the process was having a third party audit our current conditions and provide insight in areas where we can improve.  A lot of our work is related to sustainability, but at the same time we know there are things we could do to be greener.  We enjoyed working with a group of students that are motivated, engaged and focused on making positive changes on campus one office at a time. 

The Green Office Certification Program has been the building block for other sustainability programs very near and dear to us.  Our office has been involved in the development and implementation of the student led pilot project - the Green Labs Program.  We looked to the Green Office Program for leadership, guidance, creativity and knowledge.  It took a lot of energy and focus to get a new pilot program off the ground, but having the Green Office Program to lean on helped give the program a jump start. 

Our office is currently a sprout and we are looking forward to becoming a tree by making modifications to our behavior such as using reusable towels in the kitchen, adding a bike to our fleet and setting up a scratch paper bin for reuse!"

Natural Reserves

Natural Reserves 

(Alex Jones)

"The UCSC Natural Reserves office was proudly certified by the Green Office Certification (GOC) team during the 2012-2013 academic year. As an organization tasked with the protection and management of natural lands, our motivation to increase the energy efficiency and green practices of our office was strong and clear.

Prior to GOC, our office already engaged in sustainable practices such as using natural lighting, putting energy saving controls on computers, and recycling. The GOC team, however, was able to highlight a few areas for improvement, while encouraging us to continue on with our efforts. The GOC team was very professional throughout the certification process, and did a great job answering questions during the initial stages of the office green audit. In particular they were helpful in assessing whether or not it was more energy efficient to always leave our printers on, or to turn them off and enable their extremely long start-up operation.

Our office committed to the following sustainable practices: continuing to use natural lighting, bettering signage for our recycling bins, centralizing our purchasing to ensure the purchase of greener products, and using energy-saving settings on our computers and printers. With the help of the GOC, the UCSC Natural Reserves office has gained new tools to create a more sustainable working environment."

Psychology Department 


(From left to right: Christina Ortega, Molly Whalen, Allison Land, Haley Rodarte, Samar Basravi, Donna Baldini) 

Kresge Housing Office

PBSCI Undergraduate Affairs 


(CJ Fagundes and Vanessa Schlegel) 

Physical Planning & Construction


College Eight 


(Susan Welte, Jan Burroughs, Sandy Craig Lord, Ronnie Lipschutz, Lauren Reed, Jo Chamberlain, Robin Rhodes)