HR Offices Go Green!

Congratulations to three teams in Human Resources that were recently recognized as Level 4 Green Certified Offices! Level 4 is the highest level of certification awarded by the Cornell Campus Sustainability Office.

HR Service Center, Benefits Administration, and HR Information Systems used the Green Office Certification Program guidelines to make environmentally sustainable improvements to workspaces and processes. While many of the improvements may not be surprising -- such as reducing waste and power usage -- other sustainable improvements to community wellbeing are also taken into account. This includes incorporating plants in the workspace and getting together for lunch with other offices during the year.

Each office selects a Green Ambassador for their suite, who leads their office in the certification process and in university-wide initiatives, as well as initiatives of their own, such as organizing an Office Clean-Out Day in January. Certification is good for two years.

The Division of Human Resources supports green offices: in 2016  the entire division replaced old power strips with environmentally friendly power strips, and moved to 100 percent recycled copy paper.

Get your office Green Certified! It’s easy : visit the Sustainable Campus website to download the Green Office checklist and follow the simple five step process. There are plenty of resources and suggestions to help get you going. While you’re there, sign up for the Sustainable Campus e-newsletter and social media to join Cornell’s growing sustainability community.