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Three Green Offices Achieve Platinum Status

Three campus offices that have exceeded the goals of the UMD Office of Sustainability’s Green Office Program have gone platinum.

The program, which awards offices and departments that have earned, then exceeded, the Bronze, Silver and Gold levels in their commitment to sustainability, added the platinum level this academic year. It recognizes those that have been Gold-certified for at least two years and have performed actions that go above and beyond.

Since the program launched six years ago, at least 14 offices have achieved Gold certification. The Center for Young Children and University Recreation & Wellness were the first to reach Platinum level, followed by the Denton Community office.

RecWell is being recognized for its commitment to reuse items, from reupholstering furniture to painting and freshening up old trash bins. The Center for Young Children, a certified Maryland Green School, incorporated a “Trash-free Tuesdays” lunch to minimize waste. The Denton Community office created sustainability-themed programing kits with upcycled materials to be used for sustainable events with students.

If your office is interested in becoming Platinum, email greenoffice@umd.edu and explain how you qualify.

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