Get Green Certified

Paths to Green Certification

ripening figs on a treeAt Berkeley there are numerous ways to certify the sustainability efforts of your programs and initiatives. The Office of Sustainability offers two different green certifications, Green Departments Certification and Green Events Certification. The campus also offers Green Labs Certification and Zero Waste Caterer Certification.  The ASUC has issued Green Campus Guidelines for student groups.

Green Labs & Certification

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In May 2020 the campus produced its first Green Labs Action Plan. The Plan identifies short and longer-term initiatives to improve sustainable practices - such as water reduction, waste elimination, energy saving technology, engagement and procurement strategies - in campus lab and research spaces.

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. The new studio certification program encompasses traditional and non-traditional chemical or engineering labs, and may include design studios, architecture programs, electronics, robotics, prototyping, 3D printing and fabrication shops.

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.

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.