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YU Green Office Program


For your office or department to meet Level 2 of the YU Green Office Program the following steps need to be met:

Prerequisite: Meet Level 1


  • All desk lamps use CFLs (Compact Fluorescent Light bulbs).
  • During extreme hot or cold weather, all windows are closed tightly.
  • Screen Savers are not used to save additional energy.


  • All employees are familiar with the “Green My Commute” Page ( and know the resources provided to them: university shuttles, zipcar, public transportation, bicycling, etc.
  • Employees who drive in have signed up for Greenride, .
  • “Green My Commute” Transportation Alternatives Flyer is posted in the office.


  • The office purchases minimum 30% recycled paper for printing and copying.
  • The office does not purchase individual bottles of water, (ie 8 – 20 oz bottles).
  • 10 -30% reduction of individual printers used within the office. The following are questions that can help you eliminate unnecessary printers:
    1.       Are you more than 50- 70 feet from a network printer?
    2.       Does your individual printer double side?
    3.       Are you printing extremely confidential material?

Waste Management

  • Individual paper recycling bins have been provided for each work space.
  • IT was invited to provide printing waste management settings: the banner page has been eliminated for printing and reduced paper margins (.75 inch margins or less) as a default for Microsoft Office Program Word.
  • The office has a reusable bag for all to use when going shopping.
  • The office has contacted media and catalog distributors to receive fewer publications.
  • We have a supply closet/ area to encourage the sharing of office equipment that can be reused.


  • The office has a section of the office bulletin board for tips and green practices, events, etc.