Get Green Certified

Paths to Green Certification

Since 2008, the Office of Sustainability and Energy has offered two different green certifications, Green Departments Certification and Green Events Certification. Each certification recognizes campus departments and events that have taken extra steps to be more sustainable. The programs identify a set of conditions and actions - some optional and some required - that can be followed in order to be certified. The certification process is designed to provide resources, guidance, and recognition to faculty, staff, and students as they take steps to decrease their environmental impacts at work.

Through the efforts of the Chancellor's Advisory Committee on Sustainability and others, a new  Green Labs Certification is now being offered.  In addition, the ASUC Internal Department of Sustainabilty has issued Green Campus Guidelines for student groups.

Green Department Certification

Green Department certification offers recognition and guidance in several areas, including energy, waste, transportation, and purchasing. Departments are encouraged to contact the Office of Sustainability and Energy as they begin the certification process and to consult the Resource Guide for more information on the program. Visit the Profiles page to learn more about the certified Green Departments.

The points and pre-requisites identified here focus on relatively easy tasks and programs that any department can complete and implement. Innovation points allow greater flexibility for department-specific initiatives.

In April 2017, 9 departments were certified as part of a TGIF-funded 'Semester of Green Departments."  There are now 30 certified departments, representing over 4,400 employees.  This means that 27% of staff and faculty are part of a department that has been recognized as green.  Read more about our newest departments here.

Green Event Certification

Zero Waste Green Event graphic Green event certification helps event planners reduce their impact in a range of areas, including catering and food, venues, and waste reduction. Completed green event applications - including documentation as laid out in the Resource Guide - should be sent to the Office of Sustainability and Energy at least 1 week before the event date. 

 Events can now be certified under three categories: green, zero waste, and zero waste green.


Green Labs Certification

The Chancellor's Advisory Committee on Sustainability (CACS) has developed the new Green Labs Certification Program, which will recognize laboratories for their implementation of sustainability and efficiency practices. Labs will be able to achieve credits in the areas of Energy Efficiency, Water Efficiency, Waste Reduction, Chemicals, Purchasing, and Education, and evaluate potential areas of improvement.


Green Campus Guidelines

The Green Campus Guidelines (issued by the ASUC Internal Department of Sustainability) were created to encourage student groups to discover new ways to reduce their environmental footprint, as well as to recognize groups that have already taken steps towards making UC Berkeley a zero waste campus. The guidelines promote the development of a community where innovative sustainability ideas are shared, improved, and supported so that the University of California, Berkeley can reach its 2020 Zero Waste goal.

Green Departments

The Boalt School of Law was one of nine departments certified in the spring of 2017.

Dean Lyons and Haas team go Green

The Haas School of Business is a newly certified green departments and the first to have students as active members of their Green Team.

Procurement Services goes Green

Procurement Services is the second green department in a leased space. Their initiatives include eliminating all CRT monitors! 


Green Events

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Number of certified green events: 154, with almost 43,000 attendees (as of October 2014); over 30% were student-run events, with 77% offering composting and 66% offering sustainable food.