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Green Office Ambassadors at Eco Summit 2019The Green Office program is a way for staff and faculty to be a part of the change they want to see at the University of Waterloo. Participants can: 

  • Learn new skills
  • Build relationships across campus
  • Make a positive impact on campus sustainability
  • Achieve certification for your department

The program was piloted from January through September of 2016 to evaluate successes, challenges, and resources required. The Green Office Overview (PDF) is available for download.

How it works

The Green Office program is grassroots-driven. It supports ambassadors from each participating department to walk through five steps to improve the sustainability of their office space:

  1. GO Ambassador: this step empowers department champions5 steps graphic
  2. GO Check: ambassadors evaluate current practices
  3. GO Pledge: members of the department complete a participation pledge
  4. GO Action: ambassadors implement new practices in their department
  5. GO Awesome: departments receive recognition for their efforts

Ambassadors can access the following tools to help them make these changes:

  1. Ambassador network: Events and a discussion board with like-minded champions from across campus who are also supporting efforts in their own areas. 
  2. Resource toolkit: A set of templates, best-practice guides, and communication materials.
  3. Recognition: A common scorecard to help identify new project opportunities and receive a Bronze, Silver, Gold, or Platinum designation for your office.


As of February 2020:

  1. Centre for Teaching Excellence (109 points)
  2. WatCACE/WatPD (105 points)
  3. Library (97 points)

Certified departments

As of April 2020:

The following departments are participating in the Green Office program and have received certification under the Gold, Silver, or Bronze designation. They are listed by ascending points in each category, with the number of employees included in brackets.

You can explore individual scorecard submissions in the chart below by using the Department and Year filters.

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  • Centre for Teaching Excellence (24)
  • WatCACE/WatPD (40)

Green Office Silver Certified

  • Library (125)
  • Centre for Extended Learning (70)
  • Dean of Engineering (54)
  • English Language Institute (35)
  • Dean of Environment (24)
  • Office of the President (6)
  • Plant Operations, Design Services (15)
  • Dean of Applied Health Sciences (28)
  • AccessAbility Services (10)
  • St. Jerome's University College (66)
  • Print + Retail Solutions (100)

Green Office Bronze Certified logos

  • Food Services (14)
  • Knowledge Integration (7)
  • Student Success Office (55)
  • Faculty Association of the University of Waterloo (3)
  • Registrar's Office (130)
  • Office of Research (111)
  • Water Institute (7)
  • Economics (53)
  • Centre for Career Action (27)
  • Recreation and Leisure Studies (22)
  • School of Social Work (15)


  • Architecture
  • Campus Housing
  • Campus Wellness
  • Civil & Environmental Engineering
  • Cooperative Education & Career Action
  • Dean of Arts/Arts Undergrad
  • Dean of Science
  • Electrical & Computer Engineering
  • Engineering Society 
  • Finance
  • Graduate Studies and Postdoctoral Affairs
  • Human Resources
  • Information Systems and Technology (IST)
  • Institute for Quantum Computing (IQC)
  • Institutional Analysis and Planning (IAP)
  • Math Faculty Computing Facility
  • Office of Advancement
  • Provost's Office
  • Psychology
  • Safety Office
  • School of Accounting and Finance
  • School of Computer Science
  • School of Environment, Enterprise, and Development (SEED)
  • School of Public Health and Health Systems
  • Social Development Studies
  • Stratford School of Interaction Design and Business
  • Waterloo Institute for Nanotechnology
  • Waterloo Institute for Sustainable Energy
  • Waterloo International
  • Writing and Communication Centre
  • WUSA