Get Green Certified

Paths to Green Certification

ripening figs on a treeThe Office of Sustainability offers 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 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.

The campus also offers Green Labs Certification.  In addition, the ASUC Internal Department of Sustainabilty has issued Green Campus Guidelines for student groups.

Green Department Certification


Green Department Certification recognizes campus departments who excel in their efforts to curb negative environmental impacts arising from: energy, waste, transportation and purchasing. Departments are encouraged to contact the Office of Sustainability as they begin the certification process and to consult the Checklist guidance for more information on the program. Departments are asked to re-certify every three years.

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.

Once your department has completed its checklist below, please submit it to

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 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

Green Labs logo

The Green Labs Certification Program recognizes laboratories for their implementation of sustainability and efficiency practices. Labs are able to achieve credits in the areas of Energy Efficiency, Water Efficiency, Waste Reduction, Chemicals, Purchasing, and Education, and evaluate potential areas of improvement.

ASUC Green Campus Guidelines

The ASUC has specific Green Campus Guidelines issued by the ASUC Internal Department of Sustainability.  These guidelines 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.

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 has certified and re-certified as a green department.  It was the first department to have students as active members of their Green Team.

Green Events

fruits and vegetables

The practice of serving sustainable food includes purchasing fair trade, local, organic, and humane products.