Green Office Certification Program

The Green Office Certification program helps campus offices of any size to become more sustainable workplaces through a three-step certification process. The program is designed to give UW–Madison employees the information and tools they need to learn about sustainability, better understand the impacts of their practices, and create healthy and sustainable work environments.

Join the Green Office program to become part of a campus community where sustainability is meaningful and widespread!

Green Office team, Fall 2020
Green Office team, Fall 2020.

The Green Office Process

What does a green office look like? Some ideas may spring to mind quickly: turning off lights, recycling, and using less paper—and these are a good start! But sustainability encompasses much more, from purchasing choices to employee health and wellness.

The Green Office Certification consists of four levels. For each level of certification, participating offices receive an educational presentation from the Green Office team, a checklist of action items to complete, and a two-week check in to discuss their progress and move forward.

Offices can take a step above and beyond at each level to achieve Platinum level certification. The Office of Sustainability is available as a resource throughout these steps.

These certification steps won’t take up much of your office’s time, but can have meaningful and lasting impacts on our campus and community. The average certification process requires three 30-minute meetings over the course of 3 months, but can be adapted to your office’s needs. Begin your journey through certification now!


Waste and Recycling Streams


Energy and Water Savings


Sustainable Purchasing


Complete Additional Steps at Each Level

How to get started

Contact us

Contact our Green Office Team to schedule an initial overview presentation. The OS interns will visit your office to give a short presentation (around 15 minutes) about the Green Office Program, how it might work for your staff, and why it is important for our campus community. We’ll then invite you to designate a Green Officer to lead your office through the certification process.

Get Educated

The Green Office team will present to your entire office about sustainable practices and what sustainability looks like on our campus, beginning with the Bronze Level. They will give a short but comprehensive overview of how recycling works on campus and will answer questions you might have about office recycling.

Take Action

For each level, complete the action items on your checklist to make your office a more sustainable workplace. If you’re hoping to achieve Platinum certification, complete extra action items during each level.

Move Forward

The Green Office team will check in after two weeks to go over your progress and answer any questions you may have. Typically, offices move on to the Silver Level after four weeks.

To learn more or join the program, read on or contact our staff at

Certified Offices

Green Office Platinum Seal

UW–Madison Arboretum Visitor Center, 1207 Seminole Highway – August 3rd, 2020
DeLuca Biochemistry, 420 Henry Mall – January 24th, 2020

Green Office Gold SealMorgridge Center for Public Service, The Red Gym – November 1st, 2018
Economics Career Office, Sewell Social Sciences – April 26th, 2019
Office of Sustainability, 445 Henry Mall – June 19th, 2019
Grainger Hall Facilities, 975 University Avenue – November 1st, 2019
Medical Scientist Training Program, Health Science Learning Center- January 1st, 2020

Green Office Silver Seal

Green Office Bronze SealThe Daily Cardinal, 2142 Vilas Communication Hall
WSUM 91.7 FM, 333 East Campus Mall
Office of Academic Planning and Research, 170 Bascom Hall – June 26, 2019

Green Office Certified Green SealCampus Planning and Landscape Architecture, 30 N Mills

BioChemistry, 433 Babcock Drive

Microbial Sciences Building, 1550 Linden Drive

Economics Advising Department, Sewell Social Sciences Building

Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies, Science Hall

Wisconsin Energy Institute, 1552 University Avenue

Primate Center (WNPRC), 1220 Capitol Court

Medical Scientists Training Program, Health Science Learning Center

Career Exploration Center (CEC), 114 Ingraham Hall

Horticulture Department, 1575 Linden Drive

Discovery 2 Product (D2P), 1403 University Avenue

Physical Therapy, 1300 University Avenue

Office of Compliance, 361 Bascom Hall

Grainger Hall, 975 University Avenue

Sociology Department, Sewell Social Sciences Building

Student Print, 333 East Campus Mall Suite 3301

Grainger Hall, 975 University Avenue

Environment, Health and Safety (EHS), 30 East Campus Mall

Center for Integrated Agricultural Systems, 1535 Observatory Drive

International Academics Program, 716 Langdon Street #301

Educational Sciences, 1025 W Johnson Street