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Center for Sustainability

Center for Sustainability

Center for Sustainability

Certifications

Join the University of Denver's commitment to a better future. Our goal is to reduce our carbon footprint through ways that improve health and productivity, increase amounts of clean air and water, and save money and resources. This program provides a framework for units to begin the journey to a sustainable future. As the sponsor and certifying organization, The Center for Sustainability is dedicated to providing resources, expertise, and collaboration for successful certification. If you have questions or want to sign up to have your room or office certified, please contact us!

Green Office Certification

What is it?

  • DU's Green Certified Office program is a voluntary, flexible pilot program and friendly competition between offices, designed to help the University meet its environmental goals. Through this program, the Center for Sustainability encourages, supports and rewards faculty and staff for taking the lead in adopting environmentally responsible office practices in their workplace.
  • The Green Certified Office program has several key objectives toward an overall goal of increasing campus sustainability and achieving our campus's environmental commitments:
    • To recognize and reward the leadership taken by faculty and staff to go green in their workplace
    • To make it easier for offices to be green, by providing technical assistance and troubleshooting from our campus sustainability experts
    • To increase campus awareness of sustainability by offering a consistent framework for and education about what "sustainability" means in our campus workplaces.

How do I start?

I've completed the Green Office Audit Form, how do I certify my office?

Submit your office audit form to sustainability@du.edu, and request a time to have an EcoPioneer complete a peer to peer audit evaluation.

Green Room Certification

What is it?

  • The Green Room Certification program provides the framework and ideas to highlight residence hall rooms rooms that are taking the right steps toward sustainability.

How do I start?

  • Complete the audit form and any other instructions included for each level in the presence of an Eco-Rep or a representative of the Center for Sustainability and submit documentation to the Center. Download the introduction, reasoning document, and Room Audit Form.
  • The Green Room Checklist can be found here.

I've completed the Green Room Audit Form, how do I certify my residence hall room?

Submit your office audit form to sustainability@du.edu, and request a time to have an EcoPioneer complete a peer to peer audit evaluation.

Green Event Certification

What is it?

  • The Green Event program aims to help event organizers make efforts towards sustainable event planning, ultimately to reduce waste and financial costs.

How do I start?

  • Complete the audit form and follow any other instructions included. 
  • Green Event Certification checklist is also a useful tool and can be located here

Green Kitchen Certification

What is it?

  • The Green Kitchen Certification program sets up criteria for how kitchens can participate in being sustainable. Some core criteria being water usage, purchasing, education, health, energy, and waste.

How do I start?

  • Please contact our Graduate Sustainability Coordinator at DU Dining by Sodexo, Mandilyn Beck, at mandilyn.beck@gmail.com.

Results of DU Dining by Sodexo:

  • The scores of four dining facilities on campus can be viewed here