University at Albany

Green Workspace Challenge

The Office of Environmental Sustainability is unveiling its newest program, the Green Workspace Challenge. It is a self-reporting system designed to encourage faculty and staff to make their workplaces more sustainable and to recognize their achievements and progress.

UAlbany has made several commitments to significantly cut carbon emissions and to weave sustainability throughout our operations.  These pledges include the Talloires Declaration, the American College and University Presidents’ Climate Commitment, and the United Nations Higher Education Sustainability Initiative. SUNY has also established a target of reducing our fossil fuel consumption by 30% by 2020.

Small changes in our behavior have a substantial impact in ensuring UAlbany will achieve these goals. By joining the Green Workspace Challenge, you will gain recognition for you current sustainable efforts and learn about ways to improve the ecological footprint of your workspace.

How to Participate

Contact the Office of Environmental Sustainability to express your interest in participating in the Green Workspace Challenge. 

Define your workplace. You are able to define your own workspace that makes sense for your office.  For example, if you share communal areas and resources with a department near you, invite that department to join you. When reporting for your workspace, please include part-time and full-time staff, as well as students and interns.  Additionally, when you are filling out the self-assessment, remember to include spaces that your office uses, including storage areas, kitchens, and other shared spaces.

Assign one or more representatives to serve as the Green Office Ambassador(s).

Hold preliminary meetings with all the members of the workspace to gauge what practices are already taking place and what changes you can implement using the self-assessment as a guide. Spend a few weeks implementing these identified actions.

Fill out and submit the self-assessment to

Be recognized by the Office of Environmental Sustainability.


  • Certificate to display in workplace

  • An electronic logo to display on your workplace’s website

  • Recognition on the Office of Environmental Sustainability’s website

  • Ongoing support provided by the Office of Environmental Sustainability to earn, maintain, and improve certification