• By 2025, increase from 5% to 25% the proportion of university departments that are Green Office certified

Supporting SDGs



Green office logoThe 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.


Green Office Ambassadors at Eco Summit 2019As of November 2021:

  1. Centre for Teaching Excellence (134 points)
  2. Centre for Extended Learning (127 points)
  3. Dean of Environment (126 points)

Certified departments

As of November 2021:

The following departments are participating in the Green Office program and have received certification under the Platinum, Gold, Silver, or Bronze designation. They are listed in alphabetical order 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.

Green Office platinum logo

  • Centre for Teaching Excellence (134)
  • Centre for Extended Learning (127)
  • Dean of Environment (126)

Green Office Gold Certified Logo

  • Plant Operations, Design Services (107)
  • Work-Integrated Learning (WIL) Programs (117)

Green Office Silver Certified

  • Dean of Engineering (96)
  • Dean of Health (86)
  • Economics (73)
  • Office of the President (76)
  • Print & Retail Solutions (77)
  • Recreation & Leisure Studies (83)
  • Registrar's Office (96)
  • Renison English Language Institute (82)
  • School of Environment, Resources & Sustainability (96)
  • St. Jerome's University College (94)
  • Student Success Office (83)
  • Water Institute (79)

Green Office Bronze Certified logos

  • Centre for Career Action (56)
  • Civil & Environmental Engineering (52)
  • Finance (69)
  • Institutional Analysis & Planning (55)
  • Office of Research (63)
  • Plant Operations - Environmental Services (59)
  • Political Science (66)
  • Social Development Studies, Renison (68)
  • AccessAbility Services
  • Architecture
  • Campus Housing
  • Campus Wellness
  • Catering and Event Services
  • Civil & Environmental Engineering
  • Cooperative & Experiential Education 
  • Dean of Arts/Arts Undergrad
  • Dean of Science
  • Electrical & Computer Engineering 
  • Graduate Studies and Postdoctoral Affairs
  • Human Resources
  • Information Systems and Technology (IST)
  • Institute for Quantum Computing (IQC)
  • Legal and Immigration Studies
  • Library Services
  • Math Faculty Computing Facility
  • Office of Advancement
  • 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
  • Stratford School of Interaction Design and Business
  • Waterloo Institute for Nanotechnology
  • Waterloo Institute for Sustainable Energy
  • Writing and Communication Centre
  • WUSA