Green Office Program

Our efforts to look for ways to decrease energy uses and to lessen the impact on the environment have led to the formation of the Green Office Program, which starts at the very core of University operations. Our operations have a significant impact on the environment, and on us, which is why we have taken seriously the impact of offices on our ecological footprint. Its basic design is to create awareness about the normal day-to-day operations of the University.

The Green Office Award recognizes those offices that are doing the little things to make Planet Earth a better place to live. It began as a pilot initiative in spring 2010 and in that same semester the College of Science and Mathematics Advising Office was the first office at Southeast to receive the Gold Level Green Office Award.

Offices accomplishing 20 of the goals will be recognized as a “Gold Office.” Those accomplishing 15 of the goals will be designated as a “Silver Office” and those completing 10 will be deemed a “Bronze Office.” The Green Office Checklist can be downloaded at http://www.semo.edu/pdf/Copy_of_GO_Checklist.xls.

Offices are asked to complete the “Green Office” form and, at the bottom of the second page, the chairperson or director is asked to sign. The form should then be returned to
Office of the Dean
College of Science, Technology, and Agriculture
Attention: Chairperson, Green Office Sub-Committee
Seabaugh Polytechnic Building, PB301, MS 6800.

“If it is a faculty member’s office, they will sign – and then we have asked that ‘members of the office/program’ also sign,” said Dr. Chris McGowan, Director of the University Sustainability Committee. “This also includes student workers in that office. One person can’t reduce an office’s energy use alone. It takes all working within the office, working as a team to make this happen.”

Through this program we hope to increase sustainability awareness, and foster the idea that incorporating sustainability in our routine activities is an important place to start. With hundreds of offices across campus this program can result in a substantial reduction in our environmental impact and significant cost savings.

For more information contact Wilma Huffman at whuffman@semo.edu or (573) 651-2163.

Contact

573.651.2355
jkraemer@semo.edu
Rhodes Hall, Room 107
Sustainability at Southeast
One University Plaza, MS 6800
Cape Girardeau, Missouri 63701