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Green Department Certification

The Sustainability Center partnered with the MBA Program and Economics Department to develop a Green Department Certification in the fall of 2011. This certification is an opportunity for Mills College departments to evaluate their current operational practices, receive assistance in adopting initiatives that enhance their commitment to environmental stewardship, and receive recognition for their efforts.

To get started, take a look at the resources below and email ngaetjens@mills.edu if you would like an introductory presentation for your department. When a department is ready to pursue certification, they will form a Green Team to spearhead the process. The checklist includes a short list of required items, followed by a longer list of optional items that have a point value. There is the opportunity to obtain a Silver, Gold, or Platinum level of certification, depending on how many points are earned.

Those who complete the certification process will receive a certificate for display in a public area and access to the logo to use on printed or electronic materials. The process provides the opportunity for operational efficiency, thus to save costs for the department and college. Overall, faculty and staff act as mentors to students, providing the opportunity to model stewardship as an innovative way to address global challenges.

Awarded Green Department Certifications:

Office of the President
MBA Program and Economics Department
Public Policy Program
Department of Public Safety

Green Department Certification Checklist

Green Department Certification Resource Guide

Green Event Guide


Sustainability Committee

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Compost

Botanic Garden

Sustainable Dining


Water Conservation

The Sustainability Center

Campus Sustainability Map

Sustainability in the Curriculum

Green Department Certification

Contact Information 

Nicole Gaetjens
Sustainability Coordinator

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Last Updated: 10/8/15