Sustainable Workplace Certification offers campus departments the opportunity to be more sustainable and earn recognition for these efforts.
To certify your workplace, complete the Online Certification Form about your office’s sustainability efforts. Certification levels are offered at the following levels:
- Contributor: 25 – 49%
- Steward: 50 – 74%
- Champion: 75% +
The program originally launched in 2014 and was revised in October 2017.
How To Certify
STEP 1: INCORPORATE SUSTAINABILITY
Use the resources below to integrate sustainability in your workplace. The online certification form uses a point-based system to evaluate your workplace based on your incorporation of the following sustainability practices.
- Has your workplace educated employees about sustainable use of office equipment? (select all that apply)
- Pull the Plug. Unplug electronics not in use or use a smart power strip that automatically cuts electricity to idled devices.
- Turn It Off. Electronic devices are powered down at the end of the day.
- Care to Share. Equipment in the office is shared between co-workers, such as printers, copiers, scanners, coffeemakers and refrigerators.
- Save the Screen. Replace screen savers with power settings that turn monitors to sleep mode when inactive for 3 minutes. Set hard drives, printers, copiers and scanners to enter sleep mode after 30 minutes of inactivity.
- Share a File. Utilize shared electronic files within your workplace to decrease redundancy and use of server space and memory.
- Has your workplace educated staff and employees about sustainable best practices regarding the HVAC system? (select all that apply)
- Check your Temperature. Employees know optimal thermostat settings for energy savings in both heating and cooling modes: 68-71 degrees in heating mode, 72-75 in cooling mode.
- Keep the Indoors In. Employees know to close doors and windows when indoor air is being heated or cooled.
- Bring a Sweater. Employees know not to use space heaters and are encouraged to bring extra clothing layers if the office temperature is uncomfortable.
- Breathe Better. Improve workplace air quality by minimizing artificial fragrance use and/or adding leafy plants to the office space.
- Has your workplace reminded staff and employees to minimize water and energy waste by adopting the following sustainable practices? (select all that apply)
- Turn Off the Tap. Don’t let water faucets run unnecessarily.
- Fix it Fast by reporting any known leaks or drips.
- Hit the Switch. Lights are not left on when not in use. Task lighting and natural lighting are used when possible.
- Innovate! Has your workplace thought of another way to save energy and water? Please provide a short explanation below.
- Be Well. Wolfpack initiatives are supported by your workplace and exemplified by the following actions: (select all that apply)
- Disseminated information regarding emotional well-being such as stress management, sleep, time management or otherwise engaged employees on this topic.
- Provided employees with information regarding Be Well campus resources such as the Faculty and Staff Assistance Program and/or custom wellness educational sessions provided by University Recreation.
- Eat Well. Wolfpack initiatives are supported by your workplace and exemplified by the following actions: (select all that apply)
- Disseminated information regarding benefits and guidelines of healthy eating.
- Provided healthy food and drink options (i.e. vegetables, fruit, water, etc.) when hosting meetings, conferences and special events.
- Encouraged healthy eating on campus by informing employees of health guidance resources for healthy eating such as Wolf Approved, Eat Smart, Move More, Weigh Less, or My Fitness Pal.
- Live Well. Wolfpack initiatives are supported by your workplace and exemplified by the following actions: (select all that apply)
- Leadership in your workplace has demonstrated an understanding and commitment to work-life balance.
- Encouraged employees to take breaks throughout the day to recharge.
- Provided employees with information regarding the Learning & Organizational Development Center.
- Disseminated diversity education information from the Office for Institutional Equity and Diversity or otherwise taken active steps to ensure an inclusive and supportive environment for all employees.
- Provided employees with information regarding Staff or Faculty Senate
- Move Well. Wolfpack initiatives are supported by your workplace and exemplified by the following actions: (select all that apply)
- Disseminated information or otherwise engaged employees with physical activity tips and benefits.
- Provided employees with information regarding NC HealthSmart health coaching available through the State Health Plan.
- Made active workspace tools (standing desks, active sitting balls, etc.) available to all employees.
- Engaged in office walking challenges or other fitness challenges to encourage increased employee activity.
- Wolfpack Wellness initiatives are part of workplace culture and can be exemplified by the following: (select all that apply)
- Innovate! Has your workplace thought of another way to promote health and wellness? Please provide a short explanation below.
- Does your workplace demonstrate a commitment to fostering community stewardship by encouraging employee engagement with the following actions? (select all that apply)
- Get Paid to Give Back. Employees are reminded and encouraged to utilize 24 hours of annual volunteer community service leave given to NC State employees.
- Together for Good. Group community service events for the workplace are discussed and encouraged.
- Does your workplace demonstrate a commitment to raising sustainability awareness by encouraging employee engagement with the following actions? (select all that apply)
- Be in the Know. Subscribe to the Sustainability at NC State e-newsletter.
- Share Your Sustainability Story. Personal sustainability stories are shared with colleagues in the workplace and published on the office website, newsletter or social media accounts.
- Challenge Yourselves. Your workplace has incentivized organization and participation in workplace sustainability competitions to encourage employees and staff to decrease use of paper, plastic, gasoline, water, energy, etc.
- Does your workplace encourage the incorporation of sustainable initiatives into office culture by discussing or otherwise engaging employees and staff on the following topics? (select all that apply)
- Collaboration with Campus. Packlink and related opportunities are utilized by the workplace for sustainability-related collaboration with students and other academic departments.
- Sustainability Through and Through. Review associated commitments and sustainability goals with staff and employees.
- Spread the Word. Inspire a campus partner to attain a Sustainable Workplace certification.
- Innovate! Has your workplace thought of another way to promote or engage in campus sustainability? Please provide a short explanation below.
- Does your workplace promote the following understanding of sustainability: “Successful sustainability pursues balanced, ethical solutions that are economically viable, environmentally sound and socially just so that current and future generations may thrive”?
- Has your workplace reminded employees to subscribe to the OIED (Office for Equity and Diversity) newsletter, Diversity Digest?
- Has your workplace discussed upcoming OIED Signature Events or Campus Diversity Events, encouraged employees to attend or arranged for group attendance?
- Do employees at your workplace often seek diverse perspectives when faced with a complex issue?
- Does your workplace encourage employee engagement with minority communities on campus either by providing information about campus community centers or partnering with any of the following for a workplace event?
- Innovate: Has your workplace thought of another way to promote or engage in campus diversity, equity, or inclusion? Please provide a short explanation below.
- Does your workplace promote alternative transportation by encouraging employees to utilize any of the following commuter resources? (select all that apply)
- Does your workplace promote sustainable transportation by educating or otherwise encouraging employee use of any of the following sustainable commute options? (select all that apply)
- Grab a GoPass. Utilize CAT bus system for transport around town and within the Triangle area.
- Ride Like a Wolf. Utilize the Wolfline bus system for transport around campus. Download the Transloc app for live bus tracking.
- Cruise Campus. Ride a bike to work. Bike racks are available for bicycle commuters outside of most campus buildings.
- Rent When you Need It. Zipcar services are available on campus.
- Does your workplace promote sustainable alternatives for workplace travel by encouraging employees to take part in any of the following actions? (select all that apply)
- Walk the Talk. Walk to work or integrate walking meetings into office practices.
- Go Virtual. Utilize virtual meetings where appropriate to minimize transportation energy use.
- Go as a Group. Use group travel for meetings requiring multi-occupant transportation with NC State Fleet Services.
- Innovate! Has your workplace thought of another way to use or promote alternative travel? Please provide a short explanation below.
- Does your workplace take active steps to limit its office products consumption by educating or otherwise encouraging the following actions? (select all that apply)
- Borrow Instead of Buy. Rent, share or borrow items when possible.
- Reduce Cartridge Clutter. Use recycled or refillable toner cartridges to save money and resources.
- Shop Savvy. Go to the Waste Reduction and Recycling Office and attend NC State Surplus Sales for gently-used office supplies in lieu of purchasing new products.
- Does your workplace ensure the sustainability of purchases by educating or otherwise encouraging the following actions? (select all that apply)
- Do your Homework. Research the environmental and social responsibility features of purchased products.
- Seal of Approval. Look for “seals” of sustainability on purchased products such as Forest Stewardship Council, Green Seal, GreenGuard, Cradle to Cradle, Energy Star or EPEAT.
- Does your workplace promote sustainable purchasing practices by educating or otherwise encouraging the following actions? (select all that apply)
- Make it easy. Use the online marketplace system for ordering and limit campus’ paper-based purchasing orders.
- Buy Local. Support a sustainable economy by purchasing from locally-owned businesses.
- Think Ahead. Purchase reusable, recyclable, compostable/bio-degradable, or products with high “post-consumer” recycled content.
- Buy in Bulk. Limit packaging by purchasing in bulk or items with minimal packaging.
- Paper Percent. Purchase paper made from at least 50% post-consumer content.
- Does your workplace educate or otherwise encourage employees to eat locally and exercise sustainable food sourcing for employees and office events? (select all that apply)
- Buy Local. Employees are aware of the importance of local food sourcing and choosing local products.
- Employees are aware of on-campus local food options: NC State Dining sources about 30% of their meals locally and a Campus Farmers Market is hosted in the Brickyard. (Wednesdays from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.)
- Cater Better. Opportunities for sustainable choices, such as locally sourced food products and minimizing waste, are discussed with caterers for office events.
- Buy Local. Employees are aware of the importance of local food sourcing and choosing local products.
- Innovate! Has your workplace thought of another way to make purchasing more sustainable? Please provide a short explanation below.
- Does your workplace encourage employee engagement in waste reduction practices through the following actions? (select all that apply)
- Recycling. Employees are educated on appropriate recycling practices for various recyclable waste (e.g. bottles and cans, mixed paper, cardboard, etc. in appropriate bins)
- Self-Service Recycling. All employees have access to deskside recycling bins and are aware of their responsibility to empty deskside trash and recycling into nearby, centralized bins.
- Look for Yellow. If NC State Surplus doesn’t accept unwanted electronics, employees are instructed to recycle these items in the yellow electronics recycling carts located outside each building. You can also recycle batteries, toner and ink cartridges in the yellow bins.
- Site Evaluation. Workplace has requested a site evaluation by the Office of Waste Reduction and Recycling to review your workplace bins (size, style, amount, location).
- Strive for Zero. Contact Waste Reduction and Recycling to request a Zero Waste Workplace to optimize bin efficiency and add composting for food waste and paper towels.
- Does your workplace promote sustainable printing/paper use practices by educating staff and employees to engage in the following sustainable actions? (select all that apply)
- Print Less. Share electronic files instead of printing a document when possible.
- Double up. Print double-sided when possible and use one-sided sheets for note-taking that would have otherwise been prematurely recycled.
- Does your workplace promote office waste reduction by educating staff and employees to engage in any of the following actions? (select all that apply)
- Dump the Junk. Reduce junk mail by sending it to Unwanted Mail, Campus Box 7540.
- Save Space. Don’t waste square footage on excessive material storage. Keep what you need and make extra space available for another use.
- Pass it On. When cleaning out unwanted office items, ask coworkers if they could use the items. If not, request a reusable office supply cart from Waste Reduction and Recycling.
- Learn at Lunch. Request a waste and recycling presentation by Waste Reduction and Recycling to learn about what can/cannot be recycled on campus, as well as other waste diversion tactics.
- Does your workplace promote minimizing food waste and food-related wastes by encouraging the following sustainable actions? (select all that apply)
- Bring Your Own. Use a reusable bag when shopping. Bring your own reusable mug, water bottle, cup, dishes and eating utensils to work.
- Pack&Go. Utilize NC State Dining’s reusable to-go containers at dining halls to reduce foam waste.
- Wolfpack Certified Sustainable. When hosting workplace events, incorporate sustainable event planning tips from the Sustainable Event Certification website.
- Choose To Reuse. When planning events, utilize reusable items such as cups, plates and utensils. If one-use items are necessary, compostable single-use items are available at cost from Waste Reduction & Recycling.
- Waste Less. Food waste at workplace events is minimized with appropriate food planning. Plan for leftovers by providing take-home containers for guests and/or having a food-donation option ready.
- Innovate! Has your workplace thought of another way to reduce campus waste? Please provide a short explanation below.
STEP 2: SUBMIT CERTIFICATION
Certify your workplace by completing the simple Online Certification Form.
STEP 3: PROMOTE YOUR ACHIEVEMENT
Be sure to use the certification as a way to promote your workplace, including displaying your sustainable workplace certificate or logo in your office or on your website.
*Indicates workplaces that have re-certified
|Workplace||Certification Level||Year Certified|
|EcoVillage Living and Learning Village||Champion||August 2020|
|NC State Prague||Contributor||March 2020|
|Supply Chain Resource Cooperative in Poole College of Management||Champion||June 2018|
|Rural Works||Steward||March 2018|
|Environmental Sciences*||Steward||January 2018|
|Institute for Nonprofits||Steward||November 2017|
|Microbiology Teaching Labs (Biological Sciences)||Steward||September 2017|
|McKimmon Conference & Training Center||Steward||April 2017|
|Center for Chemical Toxicology Research and Pharmacokinetics||Champion||March 2017|
|Office of the University Architect||Steward||March 2017|
|Facilities Division Finance and Administration||Steward||March 2017|
|University Housekeeping Zone A1||Champion||March 2017|
|University Housekeeping Zone A2||Champion||March 2017|
|University Housekeeping Zone A3||Champion||March 2017|
|University Housekeeping Zone A6||Champion||March 2017|
|University Housekeeping Zone AS1||Champion||March 2017|
|University Housekeeping Zone H4||Champion||March 2017|
|University Housekeeping Zone H5||Champion||March 2017|
|University Housekeeping Zone CBC1||Champion||March 2017|
|University Housekeeping Zone CC2||Champion||March 2017|
|University Housekeeping Zone A4N||Steward||March 2017|
|University Housekeeping Zone A4D||Steward||March 2017|
|University Housekeeping Zone A5||Steward||March 2017|
|University Housekeeping Zone A7||Steward||March 2017|
|University Housekeeping Zone A8||Steward||March 2017|
|University Housekeeping Zone A10||Steward||March 2017|
|University Housekeeping Zone H1||Steward||March 2017|
|University Housekeeping Zone H2||Steward||March 2017|
|University Housekeeping Zone H3||Steward||March 2017|
|University Housekeeping Zone H6||Steward||March 2017|
|University Housekeeping Zone PC||Steward||March 2017|
|University Housekeeping Zone R1||Steward||March 2017|
|University Housekeeping Zone MM||Steward||March 2017|
|University Housekeeping Zone CBC2||Steward||March 2017|
|University Housekeeping Zone CC1||Steward||March 2017|
|University Housekeeping Administrative Office||Champion||March 2017|
|Office of International Services||Steward||Feb. 2017|
|Department of Fraternity and Sorority Life||Steward||July 2016|
|Outdoor Leadership Minor (University College)||Steward||May 2016|
|English Department (College of Humanities and Social Sciences)||Steward||Feb. 2016|
|NC Clean Energy Technology Center||Steward||Feb. 2016|
|Project Angelfish (within Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering)||Steward||Feb. 2016|
|Center for Integrated Pest Management||Champion||Jan. 2016|
|Industrial Assessment Center||Steward||Jan. 2016|
|Business Sustainability Collaborative in Poole College of Management||Steward||Dec. 2015|
|Grounds and Fleet Services||Champion||Dec. 2015|
|Case Dining Hall||Steward||Nov. 2015|
|Fountain Dining Hall||Steward||Nov. 2015|
|Clark Dining Hall||Steward||Nov. 2015|
|USDA Forest Service||Steward||Sept. 2015|
|Women’s Center||Steward||June 2015|
|Early College High School Liaison (First Year College)||Steward||June 2015|
|Facilities Operations Business Services||Steward||May 2015|
|Environmental Health and Public Safety||Steward||April 2015|
|Capital Project Management||Champion||Feb. 2015|
|Eastern 4-H Center||Steward||Jan. 2015|
|OnBoarding Center||Steward||Jan. 2015|
|Utilities and Engineering Services||Steward||March 2014|
|University Sustainability Office||Champion||March 2014|
|Office of Assessment||Steward||March 2014|
|Repair and Renovation||Champion||Oct. 2014|
|Study Abroad Office||Champion||Oct. 2014|
|Environmental Sciences Academic Program||Steward||Nov. 2014|
|University Recreation||Steward||Dec. 2014|
|Center for Environmental Farming Systems||Champion||Feb. 2014|