Green Office Program

Help make our campus green! Get involved in the Green Office Program.

Make small changes to conserve energy

  • Shut down computers at the end of the day.
  • Turn off computer monitors when not in use.
  • Enable sleep mode on printers and copiers after five minutes of inactivity.
  • Turn lights off when leaving a room (i.e., kitchen, bathroom).
  • Turn off power strips at the end of the day.
  • Unplug microwaves, coffee makers, and other small appliances at night or program them to shut off through a timer.
  • Close blinds at night during cold weather.
  • Send emails to fellow staff before holidays and breaks containing an energy-saving checklist.

The Office Kitchen
Provide reusable silverware/dishes

Office Supplies
Make green office purchases

Cut your paper consumption

  • Use 30 percent recycled paper for copiers and printers.
  • Purchase Energy Star/EPEAT printers/copiers.
  • Use scrap paper.
  • Make double-sided printing the default setting on your computer.
  • Contact news media and catalog distributors to receive fewer publications in your office.
  • Don't print emails.

Get a desk-side recycling bin

  • Request paper and plastic/glass/steel/aluminum recycling bins: if your office area needs them, call 6-7570.
  • Post recycling signs for what can and cannot be recycled.
  • Provide recycling bins at meetings and events.
  • Review recycling rules with your office.
  • Post unwanted furniture and supplies before trashing.
  • Recycle your ink cartridges: Contact Connie Mitchell for more information.
  • Recycle small electronics.
  • Recycle your computers, laptops, printers, A/V, office phones: Call 6-7570.

Use alternative transportation

  • Bike or walk across campus
  • Take the UM shuttle
  • Use Parking and Transportation Services' alternative commuting options
    • CarPool Program and CarPool ZONE
    • Guaranteed Ride Home
    • Bicycle cage
    • MTA bus passes
    • Car Share Program
    • Charm City Circulator
    • Low Emissions Fuel Efficient parking
    • Electric Vehicle Charging Stations

Reduce event waste

  • Provide recycling bins at all events.
  • Use reusable or recyclable containers, cups, and utensils.
  • Provide reusable mugs, dishware, and silverware for staff and visitor use in kitchen or break room.
  • Reduce waste: Use bulk containers of sugar, salt, condiments, and beverages (including water).

Green your print projects

  • Use local, eco-friendly printing services
    • Indigo Ink (Columbia, Md.)
      • Uses 100 percent windpower.
      • Offers recycled and Forest Stewardship Council-certified paper.
      • Recycles all eligible materials.
      • Uses a waterless system.
      • Uses vegetable oil-based inks.
    • Ecoprint(Silver Spring, Md.)
      • Provides recycled paper.
      • Uses vegetable oil-based inks.
      • Uses 100 percent carbon-neutral process with zero greenhouse gas emissions.
      • For digital color printing, uses a toner free from toxics.
  • Use FSC printers in Maryland.
  • Download ecofont to save on ink when printing.
  • Refer to electronic versions of all University publications.