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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Office of Campus Sustainability


This past year the Waste Reduction and Recycling Office and the Energy Management Office joined the Office of Campus Sustainability (OCS).  The combined group recently moved and has qualified for Platinum status in their new location. 100% of the staff are certified Planet Blue Ambassadors.  Used Office furniture was installed for ½ of the space. White boards and other office items were obtained through Property Disposition. A water refill station was installed as part of the remodel and replaced a plastic jug water system.  Motion detection was installed in the copy room, rest rooms and the staff kitchen. Reusables are exclusively used in the staff kitchen. The department orders bulk Fair Trade Organic coffee which is prepared into a thermal carafe, Organic tea and bulk creamer.  The copy room orders include 100% recycled content paper, recycled content refillable pens and other recycled content paper supplies. The copier defaults to double sided and black & white with the majority of staff set up for secure print. Office supplies that are no longer required are sent to the Office Supply day. All events and the staff kitchen are zero waste. A number of staff actively bike and walk throughout campus.

Orthotics and Prosthetics


Michigan Medicine: Orthotics and Prosthetics gained platinum status in the Sustainable Workplace Program.  Over 50% of Staff are Planet Blue Ambassadors, a Green Team was established, the group removed disposables from kitchen, is purchasing paper with at least 30% recycled content are Including sustainability in onboarding.  The team demonstrated innovation by working with Office of Campus Sustainability to find a vendor that would take the scrap plastic from the making of prosthetics for recycling.



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.