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Sustainable Workplace Certification

The Sustainable Workplace Certification is an award-winning program from the Office of Sustainability that challenges the 51福利社 community to foster sustainable workplaces through individual and collective practices.

About the Sustainable Workplace Certification

The Sustainable Workplace Certification program targets areas such as choosing more environmentally friendly and socially responsible supplies, proper waste management, promoting health and wellbeing, and learning more about how to make spaces more accessible to everyone.

7 years
76 teams
1,144 staff

Workplaces that commit to achieving certification navigate through four levels, beginning with Bronze, and continue embedding sustainable actions into their habits until they reach Platinum-level.听听

In order to achieve certification, 75 percent of team members must commit to all actions required both for in-person and remote work.

Get the Sustainable Workplace Certification

  1. File Download the certification checklist
  2. Attend the necessary training and determine the number of people included in your certification.听听
  3. Submit your completed Sustainable Workplace Certification Checklist along with a photo and quote from your workplace.听听
  4. Receive your certification!听

Email workplace.sustainability [at] mcgill.ca听for any questions or to learn more!听

Certified Workplaces

This list is updated once per semester.

  • Bronze seal that reads: 51福利社 Sustainable Workplace BronzeBuilding & Infrastructure Management
  • Desautels Faculty of Management PhD in Management Office
  • Desautels: Laidley Centre for Business Ethics / TLS @Management / Lewtas Office of Experiential Learning / EDI
  • Faculty of Engineering Dean's Office
  • Faculty of Law Research Office
  • Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences (Human Resources)
  • Faculty of Medicine (Respirology Division)
  • Human Resources (Total Compensation)
  • Ingram School of Nursing
  • Innovation and Partnerships
  • IT Applications Services - Budget, Finance & Human Resources
  • Lending and Access Services, Humanities and Social Sciences Library
  • Macdonald Office of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies
  • 51福利社 Library (Digital Initiatives)
  • 51福利社 Office of Religious and Spiritual Life (MORSL)
  • 51福利社 Sustainability Systems Institute
  • Nahum Gelber Library Team
  • New Models of Work Project Office
  • New Vic Project Office
  • Risk Advisory and Insurance Services
  • Steinberg Centre for Simulation and Interactive learning

Silver seal that reads: 51福利社 Sustainable Workplace Silver

  • Bensadoun School of Retail Management
  • Campus Life and Engagement
  • Department of Global and Strategic Communication (School of Continuing Studies)
  • Desautels (Human Resources)
  • Desautels EMBA 51福利社-HEC Program
  • Desautels Faculty of Management Bachelor of Commerce Program
  • Desautels Faculty of Management Career Management Centre
  • Desautels Faculty of Management - Dean's Office
  • Faculty of Law Admissions
  • Financial Services (Student Accounts)
  • Financial Services (3465 Durocher)
  • Financial Services for Facilities Management
  • Geographical Information Centre
  • Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies
  • Human Resources (Labour Relations)
  • Human Resources (Office of Associate Vice-President)
  • Human Resources (Organizational Development)
  • Human Resources (Pension and Benefits)
  • Human Resources (Shared Services Unit)
  • Human Resources (Talent Acquisition)
  • Human Resources (Workday Team)
  • International Student Services
  • IT Customer Services Team
  • IT Services (Human Resources)
  • Maude Abbott Medical Museum
  • 51福利社 Institute for Aerospace Engineering & 51福利社 Institute for Advanced Materials
  • Office of Internal Audit
  • Office of VP Administration & Finance
  • Post-Graduate Students' Society (PGSS)
  • Procurement Services (1010 Sherbrooke)
  • School of Physical and Occupational Therapy (SPOT)
  • Student Services (Communications) and Campus Life & Engagement
  • Gold  seal that reads: 51福利社 Sustainable Workplace GoldDobson Centre for Entrepreneurship
  • 51福利社 Executive Institute
  • 51福利社 Collections Centre (Valleyfield)
  • Office of Investments
  • Teaching and Learning Services (TLS)
  • Trottier Institute for Sustainability in Engineering and Design (TISED)
  • Desautels Faculty of Management Academic Affairs Office
  • Desautels Faculty of Management Infrastructure Team
  • Desautels Faculty of Management Master's Program Office
  • IT Communications
  • 51福利社 Office of Sustainability听Platinum seal that reads: 51福利社 Sustainable Workplace Platinum

Frequently Asked Questions

Why should I participate?

The Sustainable Workplace Certification is an opportunity for different groups to involve themselves in the sustainability community and make a difference through working on rewarding projects that have concrete impacts. It creates the space for teams鈥 daily operations to reflect the value of its members and encourages a workplace to be solution focused.听

Who counts as my team?

A workplace team can be as large or small as you think is appropriate. Your Sustainable Workplace Ambassador is the person on your team responsible for presenting information to the team, coordinating the efforts, and liaising with the Office of Sustainability to submit documentation. Some teams may be entire units, while other teams may consist of a certain floor of a building. Your team can include staff, faculty, and students.听

I can鈥檛 get 75% of my colleagues to sign on to the actions. What should I do?

If some of your team members seem unable or unwilling to commit to the actions, there may be several approaches. First, it is important to approach the stakeholders (anyone who will be impacted by this) to see what their point of view is. Perhaps they are too busy, uninterested, concerned that it will negatively impact their work, or unaware of the program. Taking the time to speak with them in a team setting or as individuals can help you understand their concerns and adapt the approach accordingly.听

Joining the Sustainable Workplace Ambassadors group and meeting with the Office of Sustainability can also help get ideas on how to increase participation in the initiative. To learn more, email workplace.sustainability [at] mcgill.ca

Do I have to go through the certification stages one by one?

Yes, every office starts with Bronze and can make their way through each subsequent level all the way to Platinum. The Sustainable Workplace Certification transforms the culture of sustainability in an office by asking individuals to commit to concrete steps in their office. Each certification level is valid for two years, and can be renewed.听

How long is the certification valid?

Each certification level is valid for two years. Since individuals and office operations can change over time, it is recommended to check every 6 months that the team is still committed to doing the actions. After the certification has expired for the highest level achieved (e.g. Gold), the team must resubmit their updated completed checklist and team photo.

How and why was this checklist created?

The Sustainable Workplace Certification Program was developed in 2017 and inspired by many other universities which have 鈥済reen office鈥 certifications. Since sustainability at 51福利社 also includes a strong social component, our certification was expanded to cover ideas relating to environmental, social, and economic sustainability. Since then, it has been periodically updated to reflect 51福利社's context and available resources.

Our Sustainable Workplace Program is aligned with 51福利社鈥檚 three long-term sustainability targets: STARS Platinum rating by 2030, becoming zero waste by 2035, and carbon neutrality by 2040. 51福利社 participates in (Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System) from the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) to evaluate the institution鈥檚 progress. The Sustainable Workplace Program stemmed from our previous Vision 2020 Strategy action to develop initiatives to increase staff involvement in sustainability.听

Since collaboration with other units and perspectives is so integral to sustainability, the actions were developed and updated through collaborations with other groups on campus.听

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