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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.

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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

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.


Restoring College Sports Amid COVID-19: Leveraging Climate Action
Join aashe for this free event on Monday, August 3 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm EDT

As college sports programs plan their recovery from Covid-19 impacts, leveraging existing campus assets and fan preferences opens up sports sustainability operations that generate revenues, cost savings, and significant campus/community support for moving the ball on climate action. As many professional and global sports organizations have learned, taking action to mitigate climate change helps deliver many of these benefits.


Sustainability News & Updates

Dialogue of Civilizations Program on Climate Change Science and Policy

2020 Dialogue of Civilizations Program providing comprehensive views and intense dialogues focusing on critical issues facing students and their peers at both the local and global level discuss Climate Change Science and Policy.

The Impact of COVID-19 on Sustainability

The UN Global Compact has compiled a series of COVID-19 issue area briefs that detail the impact of the pandemic on a range of sustainability issue areas.

From Penguins to Plastic Forks, She’s Tackling Sustainability

Janet Cheung will study political science and environmental studies at Northeastern starting in the fall 2020 semester. She wants to use her degrees to influence climate change policy

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