The Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice has recently achieved Silver Certification in the university’s Green Office program. The Green Office program is designed to promote the best environmental practices in staff, faculty, and students at the University of Maryland. A couple goals of the program are to integrate sustainability into campus culture and to conserve water, save energy, minimize waste, and save money overall.
After joining the program in 2013 and achieving Bronze status in late 2015, the department has continued to make key changes such as turning out lights when leaving unoccupied rooms, using task lighting instead of overhead lights, shuttling or walking to on-campus meetings, printing and copying on both sides of the paper, and using reusable silverware instead of disposables. The department installed a filtered water system in the kitchen to eliminate the use of bottled water, set up a composting bin for department use, and initiated a project among BSOS departments to create note pads from reused printer banner sheets.
The department plans to continue their green office efforts to achieve Gold certification in the future!
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