In October, 2015, the Dean of Students Office attained Platinum ranking as a Sustainable Workplace. The group continues to make a concentrated effort to reduce paper usage by sending flyers as attachments and continuously evaluating their paper usage. More than 50% of the staff are Planet Blue Ambassadors and disposables are no longer used. Regular communication regarding sustainability is shared with staff.
In March of 2014, the Dean of Students Office earned a Silver sustainability certificate by taking steps to reduce energy use, as well as paper use including powering down computers and peripheral devices when not in use and switching applicable printers to double-sided. Efforts toward increasing awareness include completing the Planet Blue Ambassador online training, create an office Green Team, sharing informational resources and increasing signage around the recycling areas. Additionally, efforts have been made to reduce the amount of disposable kitchenware purchased for and used by staff.
For more information on the Sustainable Workplace Certification Program please visit: http://www.ocs.umich.edu/