Some years ago, Center for Peace and Global Citizenship (CPGC) Director Parker Snowe ’79 approached Sustainability Coordinator Claudia Kent with the idea of greening the CPGC. That idea has now turned into a full-fledged, campus-wide program overseen by the Committee on Environmental Responsibility that launched in the fall of 2011. Haverford’s Green Office Program is voluntary, and departments and administrative offices may aim for Silver, Gold or Green Squirrel (the highest level) Certification. The program provides guidelines for office procedures and changes that will make them greener, and the CER requests that at least 75 percent of the staff and student workers in that office commit to participating.
The recommendations cover five sustainability categories: Waste Prevention and Purchasing, Energy Conservation, Transportation, Recycling and Participation. Each department must complete all of the actions within a certain category to move to the next level of certification. Among the recommendations are recycling printer cartridges and using compact fluorescent light bulbs. To date, Green Squirrel status has been awarded to the CPGC, while the Chemistry Department and President’s Office are among the five offices at the Silver level.