October 23, 2014
Source: Melanie Aleman, Intern, Office of Sustainability Initiatives

Emory’s Office of Sustainability's Green Office program was created through a collaboration of volunteers representing a variety of departments and units, and complements existing Sustainable Events and Green Labs programs. These collaborative programs provide opportunities to engage the Emory community in achieving the goals and actions called for by Emory's Sustainability Vision in 2006.

The Green Office team is currently soliciting offices to volunteer to participate in the pilot program from November 2014 to April 2015. Pilot offices will conduct an initial review of the Green Office checklist, spend six months implementing strategic actions in categories such as energy, waste and purchasing, and provide essential feedback on the program before it is launched to the entire Emory community in 2015. The Green Office Team will assist with the implementation, supply feedback and give recognition to participating offices that are helping to make Emory a greener campus.

"The Green Office program is serving dual functions as a resource for offices and departments that are seeking ways to be more sustainable, while also collecting essential information and feedback from Emory's staff in order to provide the best possible support services for sustainability in our administrative spaces," says Kelly O'Day Weisinger, sustainability program coordinator in the Office of Sustainability Initiatives.

"The program has brought together volunteers with expertise in technology, procurement, waste, energy, event planning and others with innovative ideas to become a group that hopes to influence Emory's sustainable business practices, consumer choices and community behaviors," Weisinger continues.
As 2015 approaches, efforts undertaken in the Green Office Program will contribute to reaching Emory's sustainability goals for energy use reduction, landfill waste diversion, sustainable food procurement and water use reduction.

For more information, or to participate in the Green Office pilot program, please contact Kelly O'Day Weisinger.

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