Sustainable Workplace Certification Program

Certified Sustainable Workplaces

Certification level is based on the number of sustainable behaviors your workplace has adopted.

  • Platinum - 95%
  • Gold- 90%
  • Silver - 80%
  • Bronze - 70%

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MICHR has attained the highest level of Platinum.  Over 50% of the staff have completed the Planet Blue Ambassador training.  The staff brought in their own utensils, dishware and cloth towels instead of using disposable items.  Events are routinely held as zero waste events. The number of magazines and catalogs have been reduced to one and all staff can access them at their Collaboration Station. Paper usage has been reduced by using MBox, electronic faxing, electronic meeting agendas and minutes.

Facilities and Operations Administration:


Facilities and Operations has achieved the highest level of the Sustainable Workplace Certification Program - Platinum.   The team has reduced paper usage by providing agendas electronically and transportation by using online meeting tools such as blue jeans and google hangout.  Over 50% of the staff are Planet Blue Ambassadors and with the facility managers’ leadership, the entire building is composting coffee grounds and kitchen scraps.  

LSA Ecology and Evolutionary Biology


LSA Ecology and Evolutionary Biology has upgraded from Silver to Platinum status.  They achieved Platinum by consolidating the print function, utilizing reusable dishware in their kitchenette and ordering 100% recycled content paper.   Workplace sustainability materials are included in new hire materials for staff and faculty.  Over 50% of the staff are Planet Blue Ambassadors and the staff are using zero waste information to plan events.


LSA: Classical Studies


Department of Classical Studies has upgraded from Bronze to the highest level of Platinum.   The department formed a green team, now purchases recycled content paper for their copiers, had a zero waste holiday party and a department retreat was also done as zero waste.  The advance preparation saved an average of 100 pieces of paper per person.  Over 50% of the staff are Planet Blue Ambassadors.  Sustainability is included in new employee orientation.


Shared Services


Shared Services has upgraded from Gold to Platinum status.  Staff members are encouraged with reminder cards to turn off computers and monitors at the end of the day. Over half of the staff are Planet Blue Ambassadors.  Paper is reduced by setting the multi-function devices to duplex printing and utilizing digital signage rather than posters.  Transportation on campus is tricky because they were not on the main bus route but they added a bike rack, and use carpooling spreadsheets that assist with commuting to meeting locations.  Sustainability is included in new employee orientation and sustainability topics are routinely included in staff meetings.

Center for Health Communications


Center for Health Communications reached Platinum level certification by implementing several sustainable practices.  Energy savings measures: laptops are turned off at night instead of just closing them, and stickers/sign have been placed at display monitors reminding staff to turn them off when not in use.  Waste savings measures: emailing the agenda for staff meeting instead of printing, cloth dish clothes are used instead of paper, washable dishes and flatware are being used for staff luncheons and everyday instead of disposable.  Over 50% of the staff are Planet Blue Ambassadors.

School of Information-North Quad


The School of Information located in North Quad has attained Platinum level certification.  Over 50% of the staff successfully completed Planet Blue Ambassador training.  The team Installed six gooseneck refill appliances for drinking fountains in North Quad; two in the UMSI academic space and four in shared North Quad spaces. In addition, steps were taken to have a sustainable lunchroom such as the elimination of disposable cups, multiple BYO mug incentives/mug donation promotions, the purchase of large water/tea service dispensers to replace bottled water and iced tea at events, and bulk coffee creamer to replace single packs.

Blavins Scholars Program


Blavin Scholars Program office reached Platinum level by removing all space heaters from the office and addressing temperature concerns with building staff. Over half of the Blavin Scholars staff have completed the Planet Blue Ambassador training, and the Green Team continues to look for ways to be more sustainable.

Palmer Commons


Palmer Commons has reached Platinum level in the Sustainable Workplace Certification program.  The group acquired new software that allowed them to reduce paper use by 60% for the management of their conference reservations.  Palmer Commons also limits supply ordering to one time per month and consolidates the requests by using a google form.  Over ½ of the staff are Planet Blue Ambassadors and the group continues to work with Energy management to improve energy efficiency in the building.

Fleming Shared Services


Fleming Shared Services received Platinum status by introducing new processes to reduce paper usage.   The group migrated to a large paper but only one page for reports that used to take multiple pages.  This reduced paper from 4-6 pages to one.  They also reduced paper requests from the customer.  Requests are now sent via email with scanned item.  All members of the team are Planet Blue Ambassadors and look forward to doing a zero waste event this fall.