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Help UT go green by taking the Green Office Survey!


Brooke Mason and Matthew Repka, a SEED Sustainability Intern, have been working on an innovative new project to make offices across UT more environmentally friendly, a Green Office Program. Other universities have similar programs and we thought it would be a great fit to UT’s other green initiatives.

The first step to the Green Office Program is to get baseline data from offices on all three campuses on current green practices. The 5-10 minute checkbox-style survey will provide information about offices’ current sustainability practices such as recycling, unplugging electronics, two-sided printing, etc., and will be a launching pad for the rest of the Green Office Program.

Once the survey results are collected, the SEED Initiative will look for offices who want to be a part of the pilot program. The certification program will have different participation tiers (possibly bronze, silver, and platinum). An office will be able to sign up to participate at the level they feel comfortable with. Offices can continue to improve practices and move up to a higher tier if they meet the criteria. Once the program is fully established, each office will be rewarded a Green Office certificate to be display their commitment to sustainable office practices!

Please take a few minutes to fill out our Green Office Practices survey here:

Brought to you by SEED Intern: Monica Aspacher

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is Brooke Mason, Sustainability Specialist for The University of Toledo, manages the Rocket Recycling program for over 100 buildings on three campuses with a staff of one non-student and six student employees. She is also responsible for the greenhouse gas inventory and the Climate Action Plan, which guide the University toward climate neutrality. Brooke is highly involved in sustainability education and outreach towards students including advising the Environmental Sustainability Living Learning Community, Society for Environmental Education, and UT’s Student Green Fund. She runs other student sustainability programs including Rockets Recycle: Green Tailgating, Friday Night Lights, RecycleMania, Campus Conservation Nationals, BlackoUT, and the Give & Go: Move Out program. Brooke has earned her bachelor’s degree in Environmental Policy & Sustainability Management from Bowling Green State University and is currently working on her Masters in Engineering at UT. She also sits on the Stewardship Committee for the Black Swamp Conservancy.
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The University of Toledo’s SEED Initiative, housed within but not limited to Facilities & Construction, focuses on Sustainability, Energy Efficiency, and Design to ensure the University is operating in a manner that betters our neighbors, economy, and planet. Through environmental sustainability projects, energy conservation measures, innovative building renovation and design, and a comprehensive educational campaign, SEED commits itself to leaving behind a better planet than when we started.

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