• Office of Energy & Sustainability

  • YU Green Office Program

    Green Office Logo L3

    For your office or department to meet Level 3 of the YU Green Office Program the following steps need to be met:

    Prerequisite: Level 2


    • Power strips are used centrally for each individual work station and are switched off at night.
    • Small appliances such as microwaves, coffee makers are unplugged at night or programmed to shut off through a timer.
    • During extreme hot or cold weather, blinds are drawn at individual work stations at night.


    • Invite the Office of Energy & Sustainability to come speak to us regarding energy, recycling, waste reduction and further ways we could be green.
    • Someone in the office is a part of the school-wide Energy & Sustainability Initiatives/Meetings.
    • The office inspired another department or group to participate in the Green Office Program.

    Waste Management

    • The office has a collection area to collect batteries, inkjet & printer cartridges, and plastic pens from employees as well as for other offices.
    • If toner cartridges come with a mailing label, they are sent directly back to the manufacturer.
    • The office contacts IT services on Manhattan Campuses & Supporting Services on the Resnick Campus for proper disposal of large electronic waste such as computers, laptops, printers, office phones, etc.
    • Our events always take the “Greening Events” information provided by the Events Office into consideration. LINK WHEN AVAILABLE.


    • When planning work-related travel, green transportation options are considered as well as lodging located close to the event.


    • The office purchases minimum 30% recycled paper for letterhead, envelopes and all other paper purchases.
    • 30-50% reduction of individual printers used within the office. The following are questions that can help you eliminate unnecessary printers:
      Are you more than 50- 70 feet from a network printer?
      Does your individual printer double side?
      Are you printing extremely confidential material?
    • All bottled water service is replaced by point-of-use water systems with timer attached or by simple water filtration devices (ie Brita).
    •  If the office purchases its own cleaning products, only green cleaning products are purchased. Cleaning Product Sheet for Purchasers is placed in their office.
    • All office employees use reusable cups, mugs and water bottles in the office instead of disposable containers.


  • Already meeting the Level 3 steps and ready to make your office or department an official Level 3 Green Office?

    Have your office fill out this form (PDF) and return it to the Office of Energy & Sustainability.

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