Green Recognition for Offices & Workspaces

The mission of the Green Recognition of Offices and Workspaces (GROW) at the University of Florida is to encourage and promote sustainable practices among university faculty and staff. The program supports and promotes offices that are taking steps toward reducing their environmental footprint.

Why Participate?

The University of Florida has committed to Carbon Neutrality by 2025, and has also committed to working toward Zero Waste. In response to these goals and to respond to individuals’ wishes to be more environmentally sustainable at work, we have created the GROW program to support offices and departments in their efforts towards a more sustainable future. Additionally, through the GROW program, we are able to work directly with offices and departments on issues most relevant to their needs and provide targeted resources and advice.

What is an Office?

An office is a work area (administrative, academic or service) that shares common areas and resources. It may include just one or all of the offices within a unit or division. You may have an office of 6 people or 60 people — we do require, however, a minimum of 3 people participating. Please include part-time and full-time staff, students (including interns) and faculty. Your office should include kitchens, meeting rooms, storage rooms and other commonly shared areas.

What is the Process?

Step 1: Commit

  • Ensure that your leadership will approve time required for the GROW program. We estimate time to be less than 5 minutes per person for the application, a 1-hour site visit, and a follow-up 30 minute meeting to review our recommendations
  • Ensure that you have the support of a majority of your colleagues. The most successful offices are ones that have buy-in from as many employees as possible. It’s not a requirement for every individual to be part of the program, but we strongly encourage as much participation as possible.
  • Choose a lead coordinator for your office to complete this initial survey and to be our main point of contact for coordinating the walk-through and interview.

Step 2: Assess

  • Once the initial survey is completed, we will send a link to a survey to everyone in the office to complete
  • The lead coordinator will be responsible for working with the Office of Sustainability to schedule a time for both the interview/site visit and follow-up meeting.

Step 3: Implement

  • After the interview and site visit, we will provide your office with a report that includes your level of certification and suggestions for how your office can address any sustainability challenges, or how your office can work to become an even more efficient and green workspace.

Certified GROW Offices:

Office/WorkspaceCertification LevelDate of Certification
Physical Plant Division (now Facilities Services) Grounds AdministrationSilverNovember 2015
ICBRSilverMarch 2016
Student Legal ServicesSilverDecember 2016
J. Wayne Reitz Union Administration OfficeBronzeFebruary 2017
Procurement ServicesGoldDecember 2017
Southwest Recreational Center (SWRC) OfficeBronzeMarch 2018
Office of General CounselCertifiedJune 2018
Business Affairs Technical ServicesSilverJuly 2018
O'Connell Center Administrative OfficesSilverJuly 2018
Counseling & Wellness CenterSilverAugust 2018
FLMNH - Powell HallBronzeAugust 2018
GatorWellBronzeAugust 2018
Mail & Document ServicesBronzeAugust 2018
School of Art & Art History Administrative OfficeSilverAugust 2018
School of Architecture Administrative OfficeBronzeAugust 2018
Multicultural & Diversity AffairsBronzeAugust 2018
Academic AdvisingCertifiedSeptember 2018
Center for Outdoor Recreation and Education (CORE)BronzeSeptember 2018
Office for the VP of Student AffairsBronzeSeptember 2018
Dean of Journalism OfficeCertifiedNovember 2018
Office for the Center for Public Issues EducationBronzeNovember 2018
Innovation AcademyBronzeFebruary 2019
RecSports MarketingBronzeMarch 2019