By Dalena Huynh | Jan 4, 2016

Happy New Year! As you start to compile your list of New Year's resolutions, why not add Green Lab or Green Office certification to your list? Why, you might ask? The more labs and offices that participate in the programs, the greater their contribution will be towards making the University more sustainable. Plus, you receive a certificate to hang in your office or lab and FREE coffee from Husky Grind as a thank you for being green! What a great way to begin the new year--with an award and some delicious coffee!

Find out below which program fits your work area.

Green Lab Certification:

The Green Laboratory Certification Program encourages UW labs to be more sustainable. Labs have a massive impact on the university's energy use; they use about four times more energy than office spaces of the same size. The application helps labs identify areas where they are already being green and where they can improve. Labs are surveyed on energy usage, communication, waste, chemical usage, water usage, and work-related travel.

Apply now at http://green.uw.edu/green-laboratory/apply!

Questions? Contact greenlab@uw.edu.

Green Office Certification:

The Green Office Certification Program encourages offices throughout campus to make their workplace more sustainable. The application allows offices to see what steps they are already taking to be green and areas where they can improve. Offices are surveyed on energy conservation, green meetings, paper conservation, publications and marketing communications, purchasing, waste diversion, and transportation. You might wonder what is considered an office? An office may be a small group on one floor of a building or an entire department, as long as everyone within the defined office if following the criteria defined in the certification.

Apply now at http://green.uw.edu/engage/green-office/application!

Questions? Contact sustainability@uw.edu.

Let's start off the new year green!