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Green Office Challenge

Green Office Challenge

Green Office Challenge

Thank you for your interest in the Green Office Challenge Program developed by Northeastern’s Facilities Division and the Campus Planning & Development Division!


This program is a “green” initiative aimed at increasing awareness of the University’s Sustainability pledge to reduce our carbon footprint by 80 percent before 2050.  By highlighting environmentally conscious steps individuals can take in the workplace and through small, simple changes such as recycling and turning off the lights, each member of our community can contribute to a more sustainable University.  For further questions, please contact the Green Office at



Get Certified

The certification process begins with a short questionnaire that addresses daily behaviors in the workplace such as energy use, waste minimization, and recycling.  Following completion of the questionnaire, a Green Office Team Representative will contact you to schedule a walkthrough of your responses and workspace.  Upon completion, you will be awarded either Bronze, Silver or Gold certification.

To get certified, please follow these steps:

Program Details

Program Guide

Program Guide

The Green Challenge Program Guide contains all of the questions listed in the Green Office questionnaire. The Program Guide provides the direction and resources on how to adopt sustainable habits that you may not have practiced before. Integrating these changes in your daily routine will create a more environmentally friendly work-space, and could potentially increase your certification level upon recertification.

Learn more about Program Guide
Volunteer As An Eco-Ambassador

Volunteer As An Eco-Ambassador

Eco Ambassadors are volunteer representatives that promote and encourage sustainable practices within their respective departments through peer-to-peer communication and awareness on campus-wide sustainability efforts.

Learn more about Volunteer As An Eco-Ambassador

Related Links

Northeastern’s Commitment to Sustainability

Northeastern’s Commitment to Sustainability

Northeastern is a university in tune with the world—including the world’s greatest global challenges.

Learn more about Northeastern’s Commitment to Sustainability
Office of Sustainability

Office of Sustainability

Facilities plays a significant role in the policies, guidelines, and systems that help Northeastern accelerate the greening of all its campuses.

Learn more about Office of Sustainability
Waste Management

Waste Management

Preserving the environment, Reducing the cost of waste disposal to maintain university wide commitment.

Learn more about Waste Management

Sustainability Events

Global Entrepreneurship Week 2020
Join the Center for Entrepreneurship Education with festivities all week. 

Starting on November 16th, through November 20th, the Center for Entrepreneurship Education will be hosting a series of events to celebrate innovators that bring big ideas to life. These event provide opportunities to inspire, connect, and engage. We  hope to see you there!


Trash Dance Movie Discussion
Snell Library Kanopy Streaming November 17th, 2020 from 12:00 pm – 1 pm EDT

Celebrate America Recycles Day with the Trash Dance Movie discussion hosted by the Office of Sustainability and Trash 2 Treasure. The movie “Trash Dance” is available to stream from 11/7 – 11/17 through the SNELL Library Kanopy Streaming.  The discussion will he held virtually through Zoom. Contact for more information and for registration.


Sophie Egan – How to be a Conscious Eater
Join NU Dining for a virtual cooking demo and book discussion November 20th, 2020 at 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm EDT

Organized into four categories—food produced by plants, by animals, by factories, by restaurant kitchens—How to be a Conscious Eater covers everything: tips for buying produce, diet and cancer risks, the truth of sell-by dates, cutting down on food waste, the great protein myth, and much more.


Last Fall Student Committee Meeting
December 1st, 2020 from 12:00 pm – 1 pm EDT

Join the Student Committee Meeting to wrap up the Fall semester and discuss ideas for the spring. The discussion will he held virtually through Zoom. Contact for more information and for registration.


Office of Sustainability Fall 2020 Weekly Drop In Sessions
Join The Office of Sustainability for a weekly Q&A  Every Wednesday at 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm EDT 

Northeastern Students, Faculty and Staff are welcome to join this weekly drop in session to discuss campus sustainability.  Contact for more information and for registration.  Sessions start on 8/26/2020 and continue through 10/14/2020.


Office of Sustainability Fall 2020 Student Committee
Join The Office of Sustainability for Student Committee Meetings biweekly on Tuesdays at 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm EDT 

Northeastern Students, and Student Group Representatives are invited to biweekly meetings to discuss sustainability ideas.   Contact for more information and registration.  Sessions start on 9/22/2020 and continue through 12/1/2020.


Trash Dance
Garrison, Andrew. Trash Dance. Boston, MA: Andrew Garrison/PBS International, 2012.

Choreographer Allison Orr finds beauty and grace in garbage trucks, and in the unseen men and women who pick up our trash. Filmmaker Andrew Garrison follows Orr as she rides along with Austin sanitation workers on their daily routes to observe and later convince them to perform a most unlikely spectacle.


Sustainability News & Updates

Eat Your Way to a Sustainable Future

Climate change can sometimes feel overwhelming, but you can make a big difference with a few small changes to your eating habit.  Learn what better food choices you can make for a positive impact on the planet.

Creating a Healthy Dining Environment for Students

Outdoor seating, healthy distancing, and constant cleaning are just a few of the safety measures Northeastern’s dining services are taking

Egan Research Center Retro-Commissioning

A 50% energy reduction was achieved from the 2015 retro-recommissioning and updating of lab spaces with energy efficient systems at the Egan Engineering and Science Research Center.

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