Office of Sustainability Rolls Out New SAGE Certification

October 2013

Think your office is green? Can you certify that? Now you can!

In an effort to recognize sustainability-minded offices, labs, and residential houses around campus, the Office of Sustainability has developed a SAGE Certification program. We piloted the program over the summer and now have two Silver certified offices and a lab. The Office of the Provost and the Office of the President worked in partnership to certify their spaces in the Administration building. “We are proud to have our work recognized through this program.  It's a rigorous and meaningful certification worthy of the University of Chicago,” said Ingrid Gould, Associate Provost for Faculty and Student Affairs.

Your office or house can be certified at the Silver, Gold or Platinum level, after completing a comprehensive checklist to report on things like the recycled content of your paper, the number of employees who bike to work or bottled water bans. We appreciate your valiant efforts to green your office and we want to elevate and recognize these commitments through the SAGE Certification. We also want to encourage you to continue to make your spaces more sustainable.

Why certification?

The University is committed to reducing its environmental impact and recently established an ambitious climate goal: to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions 20% by 2025. Our buildings are responsible for over 97% of all our greenhouse gas emissions. This includes all aspects of operating the buildings—heating, cooling, ventilation, electricity, etc. We can’t reduce emissions without your help and without your leadership!

The earth will thank you, campus will thank you, and so will we. As an added benefit, you’ll get a lovely certificate to hang in your office, lab, or residence hall. You’ll be the envy of all your friends and colleagues, trust us. To top it off, we’ll throw in some Office of Sustainability SWAG and a SAGE Mug. Because, let’s face it, you’re worth it.

Get Certified.

Think you’ve got what it takes to get Gold? Or even Platinum? Prove it! Email us and let us know you’re interested, and we’ll get in touch with you straightaway.