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Green Office Program Guide



  1. Perform major energy use task during off peak hours
  2. Turn off lights when not in use.
  3. Install motion sensor/automatic light systems.
  4. Put up signage near all light fixtures, appliances, computers, etc. with reminders to turn them off when not in use.
  5. Use of LED light bulbs when applicable.
  6. Close/open blinds during summer/winter (respectively) to conserve or utilize heat.
  7. Unplug electronic equipment when not being used.
    • Computers.
    • Printers.
    • Microwave.
    • Toaster.
    • Etc
  8. Update equipment with new energy efficient equipment or refit with energy effective components.
    • Vending machine monitors.
  9. Change brightness on computers.
    • Turn off screen savers.
    • Set sleep mode at 10 minutes of inactivity.
  10. Use energy-saving power strips.
  11. Only use office appliances, discourage use of personal appliances.
  12. Keep office temperature at 68 in winter and 76 in summer.



  1. Keep supplies in centralized location so they can be easily utilized by all office employees.
  2. Purchase/utilize paper with a minimum of 30% recycled materials.
  3. Purchase/utilize paper with 100% recycled materials.
  4. Use fair trade office teas, coffees, etc
  5. Energy efficient models when updating office supplies (computers).
  6. When lining up print work orders ask provider to utilize vegetable-based inks for order.
  7. Buy re-used items like furniture (UT Surplus).



  1. Have employees utilize public transit, post these possibilities in the office.
  2. Have employees who live in close radius walk/ride a bike, supply adequate bike rack space.
  3. Have employees who live in close proximity carpool, develop a carpool system.
  4. Utilize an ordering system that has maximum efficiency and requires minimal number of deliveries.
  5. Walk to meetings across campus when possible.
  6. Have employees participate in Smart Trips Program.
  7. If your office is ready for a new vehicle, use the Alt Fuel Vehicle Program for funding. 


Shared Space

  1. Utilize reusable utensils, plates, bowls, cups and a means to wash them after they’re used.
  2. Post signs to turn off faucets when not in use, between soaping of hands, or washing dishes.
  3. Disallow Styrofoam and promote the use of paper over plastic.
  4. Promote the use of Tupperware for employees who are bringing in their own meals.
  5. Do not supply disposable items in kitchen.


  1. Set up office recycling and trash bins that are properly labeled and easily accessible.
  2. Be a My Tiny Trash advocate
    1. Know about the program and help us spread the word. Contact for more information on My Tiny Trash and to become an advocate.
  3. Review recycling procedures and info in meeting, memo, etc.
  4. Post recycling/waste posters as reminders.
  5. Print as little as possible, go paperless as much as possible.
  6. Post memos, reminders, etc via email or offer office members to opt into a paperless form of receiving information.
  7. Print on front-back of pages.
  8. Before recycling used paper, use the back side for notes.
  9. Recycle all toner and printer cartridges.
  10. Set quantitative goals for waste reduction based on current levels of waste.
  11. Reduce, Reuse, Recycle.
  12. Implement a printing limit.
  13. Contact local news venues/distributors to receive fewer publications.
  14. Reuse furniture, boxes, etc
  15. Promote use of personal, reusable water bottles.
    • Provide water bottles or cups that can be washed and reused at the end of the day.


Make Orange Green Awareness

  1. MOG desktop calendars are used.
  2. Office refers any environmental inquiry to Office of Sustainability.
  3. Office of Sustainability presents to office employees ways to Make Orange Green.
  4. Office members are subscribed to The Green Leaf (Office of Sustainability Newsletter)



For more details on sustainability events visit our Sustainable Event Page. Below are a few basic tips for your office to follow:

  1. Hold events in centralized location that requires minimal transportation.
  2. Coordinate with UT Recycling to ensure event is a zero waste event.
  3. Send reminders before the event to encourage individuals to bring their own mugs, cups, water bottles.
  4. Supply water in large containers as opposed to bottled water.
  5. Don’t use Styrofoam
  6. Try and use reusable cups, plates, silverware as opposed to plastic
    • If not reusable then paper or made from recycled materials
  7. Provide things like sugar, condiments, beverages, etc. in large containers as opposed to individual containers.

More Items and Resources

If there are more recourse you would like, or a specific item in your office you need assistance with for “Being Green”, email us at with your specific questions.