With more than 50 buildings and over 2,000 full-time faculty and staff, Carleton recognizes the important role that faculty and staff play in making Carleton a leader in sustainability.

Through Carleton’s updated Green Workplace Program, which is a voluntary, self-guided program designed for faculty and staff to take the lead on promoting sustainable practices in the workplace, faculty and staff can identify opportunities for innovation and implement sustainable change.

They can reduce their environmental footprint, be responsible stewards of university’s resources, contribute to Carleton’s sustainability goals and commitments, and build a greener and ever more sustainable campus community.

The Green Workplace Program evaluates sustainability efforts in the workplace at Carleton University through eight key areas:

1) Waste Management

2) Food & Dining

3) Energy Conservation

4) Water Conservation

5) Transportation & Mobility

6) Purchasing

7) Community Engagement

8) Innovative Initiatives.

The overall mission of the program is to motivate the Carleton community to initiate innovative solutions in order to reduce Carleton University’s overall footprint, thereby contributing to Carleton’s sustainable goals and commitments in order to have a positive environmental impact on campus life.

How do I get my workplace certified?

Step 1: Registration

Review the Green Workplace Program pages and contact sustainbility@carleton to register to take part.

Step 3: Meeting

Meet with the Office of Energy and Sustainability’s Sustainable Office Program team to go through the program and the checklist.

Step 4: Checklist of Actions

Complete the themed checklist of actions which covers the key topic areas and identifies sustainable practices for your workplace. Answer as best as possible in order for your workplace to become certified and remember to save often. Send your completed file to sustainability@carleton.ca for a final review.

You can download the Green Workplace checklist here: Green Workplace Checklist

Step 5: Share your Success

Once your completed checklist of actions form has been reviewed and your certification level confirmed, celebrate your success and share your news with our community.

What are the Certification Levels?

Depending on the number of action items your office is able to complete on the Checklist Survey, your office will receive Bronze, Silver, or Green CU Green Workplace certification!

Bronze Certification   50-74% of actions completed

Silver Certification     75-89% of actions completed

Green Certification    90% of actions completed

The certified Green Workplace will be provided with a resource toolkit to help support and implement sustainable initiatives, as well as promotion and recognition through the Sustainability Carleton website and social media. Certified workplaces will receive a (sustainable) trophy and certification 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.

Previously Certified Offices

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

Congratulations to Michelle Santoianni of the Institute of Environmental Science, Integrated Science Institute and TSES. Michelle was the recipient of a gold rating certification, demonstrating key commitment and progress against a number of sustainability actions.


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

Jason Goveas and colleagues from the Paul Menton Centre receiving their Gold Certification. Jason and his team showed great ongoing commitment and worked on progressing their rating going from a Silver rating to Gold within just a year!

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

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


Housing and Residence Life Services – August 2016 (Bronze)

Eco Rep Laurie Shea and her colleagues in Housing and Residence Life are already involved in a number of Sustainability activities aimed at engaging residence in a greener life. They have now taken this one step further and have made great progress in becoming a Green workplace. Actions such as a commitment to bike sharing and video conferencing over car travel, and a workplace clean out day helped achieve a bronze rating.

Housing and Residence Life Services – August 2016 (Bronze)

Housing and Residence Life Services – August 2016 (Bronze)