The Green Workplace Program is a self-guided certification program that challenges our community to take the lead in promoting sustainable practices in the workplace. By participating, individuals can identify opportunities to foster sustainable workplaces through their own actions and by encouraging collective action. With over 50 buildings and more than 2,000 full-time faculty and staff, the Green Workplace Program is a valuable way to contribute to Carleton’s sustainability efforts.

About The Green Workplace Program

The Green Workplace Program evaluates sustainability efforts in the workplace at Carleton University through several key areas, such as proper waste management, food and dining, energy and water conservation, promoting sustainable transportation, choosing socially responsible suppliers, and ensuring community engagement.

Workplaces that commit to achieving certification navigate through four levels of certification: Bronze, Silver, Gold, and Green. To achieve Bronze certification, over 50% of actions need to be completed, for Silver certification over 60% of actions, for Gold certification over 80% of actions, and for Green certification, over 90% of actions need to be completed.

We also have an Individual Green Home Office Program for those who work or study at home or remotely. You can find more information about this program here.


Green Workplace Certification Submission →

How Do I Get My Workplace Certified?

Step 1: Fill out the Green Workplace Carleton form using the button above and contact to verify your registration. Alternatively, you can download and fill out an Excel workbook for the program here.

Step 2: If you have any additional questions, contact Sustainability Carleton to review the checklist and confirm the scope of your workplace.

Step 3: Complete the web form checklist of actions and submit it or send your completed Excel file to for a final review.

Step 4: Receive your certification and celebrate your success!

Certified Green Workplaces will receive a resource toolkit to support and implement sustainable initiatives, as well as promotion and recognition through the Sustainability Carleton website and social media.

Certified workplaces will also receive a digital certificate and badge to promote their achievements and encourage others to participate. Each certification level is valid for two years and may be subject to an annual audit.

Certified Workplaces

Below is a list of our currently certified workplaces on campus, with the number of office members noted in parentheses. 

>90% of actions completed

OVPSE – Strategic Initiatives
March 2024 (9)

Pension Fund Management
June 2023 (3)

SPROTT School of Business
May 2023 (119)

Procurement Services
July 2022 (9)

60-79% of actions completed

Scheduling and Examinations Services
March 2024 (21)

Awards and Financial Aid
February 2024 (15)

Housing and Residence Life Services
January 2024 (35)

Co-operative Education
December 2023 (30)

Office of the Deputy Provost
November 2023 (11)

Previous Certifications: 

Environmental Science, Integrated Science Institute and TSES – August 2015 (Gold)

Paul Menton Centre – August 2015 (Silver), August 2016 (Gold)