Green Workplace Program
The Green Workplace Program was developed by the Outreach Subcommittee of the University Committee on Sustainability to help guide and recognize U.Va. workplaces that are taking a leadership role in improving the sustainability of their operations.The heart of the Green Workplace Program is the credit checklist: a list of 60 actions participating workplaces can implement to improve sustainability and reduce costs. Credits range between 1 and 5 points, based on the expected effort required to implement each action, and a total of 100 points are available. Participants self-report their actions, and upon certification, earn a Green Workplace Program award based on the total points earned.
A program to assist U.Va. departments in incorporating sustainable activities was among the initial ideas submitted to the Outreach Subcommittee. This program developed from that suggestion by incorporating research on similar programs at Berkeley, ASU, Yale, and Harvard. The Green Workplace Program also incorporated conservation and sustainability-related ideas submitted to the U.Va. Paying Forward campaign, the cost-saving and efficiency program launched by Executive Vice President and COO Pat Hogan.
Green Workplace Program Status
Version 0.5 of the Green Workplace Program is currently being piloted at the following workplaces:
U.Va. Human Resources
Office of the Architect
Version 1 is anticipated for release in May or June of 2014. Workplaces interested in participating should contact Nina Morris to be included on the Version 1 release list. In the meantime, the Green Workplace Program Resource Guide is available for review. The Guide includes details on the current version of the Green Workplace Program along with useful information on how to implement workplace sustainability practices.