Sustainable Office

Making your office more sustainable is an excellent way to reduce your impact on the environment and introduce colleagues to ways we can all be more sustainable in our daily lives.

Sustainable Office Certification

Are you curious about sustainable opportunities for your office? Are you unsure what actions to take in your workplace for the biggest sustainable impact? The Sustainable Office Certification is for you! This program will help you assess your current practices, identify targeted actions to improve your level of sustainability, and ultimately earn a rating (from Bronze to Platinum) and public recognition for your efforts! The self-guided form will allow you to identify opportunities, benchmark against other workplaces, and connect to resources. We’ve updated the program to be more department-driven and easier to update. 

You define your workplace (an area that shares common areas and resources). It may include just one or all workspaces within a unit. All sizes are welcome to participate.

Once the form is submitted, an OCS staff member will work with you to assess next steps to achieving your sustainability rating.

Questions? Email [email protected].
Engage Your Colleagues
We offer a variety of promotional materials such as posters, magnets, stickers, and digital signage. Select a few to display in your workplace—and switch them up regularly to keep things fresh!

Many units around campus have green teams: two or more colleagues who lead sustainability initiatives in their workplace.

Start an Initiative

Plan a one-day clean-out of office space while maximizing waste reduction, reuse, and recycling. Create much-needed space while fostering a culture of sustainability.


We collect excess office supplies for annual Office Supply Reuse Days. Consider organizing a clean-out, collection, and internal departmental swap before donating extra supplies on the designated date.
Reduce waste and save energy in your break room with these sustainable kitchen tips or save the date for an upcoming workshop. Consider creating a Zero Waste Kitchen and Ditch the Disposables!
Sustainable Procurement
The needs of each office and department differ. Check out this example Sustainable Procurement Commitment as a starting place for your workplace.
Reference the official U-M Sustainable Procurement site for the most up-to-date guidance. From OCS, check out Sustainable Office Supply Purchasing Tips and guides to break room supplies, reusables,and compostable serviceware available on M|Marketsite.