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UM Green Office Program at the EPSL

The Green Office Program is a voluntary, self-guided initiative that promotes best environmental practices at the University of Maryland. By conserving energy, recycling, and purchasing green office supplies, among other environmentally conscious practices, we make our offices more sustainable and help to curb UM's carbon footprint.

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EPSL has pledged to do the following actions to green the EPSL library and to support the University's Climate Action Plan and Strategic Plan.

Pledge to
  • Introduce our office's sustainability initiatives to new staff
  • Maintain an active sustainability committee to address and promote new initiatives
  • Include sustainability topics as a regular agenda item at staff meetings
  • Reward and recognize participation in sustainability initiatives including the GO Program


  • Turn off computer monitors when not in use and when not working remotely, shut down computers at the end of the day
  • Use energy efficiency settings on our computers, monitors, printers and copy machines
  • Turn lights off when leaving an unoccupied room and use task lighting in place of overhead lights
  • Use centralized, shared appliances and equipment such as printers, scanners, copiers and refrigerators
  • Complete an energy "power down" before holidays and breaks
  • Phase in the replacement of lights with CFLs
  • Maintain plants in our office to help improve air quality

Kitchen and Lunch room

  • Use reusable cups and mugs
  • Use reusable silverware and dishes
  • Eliminate bottled water for events
  • Buy condiments, coffee (Fair Trade), and other supplies in bulk
  • Purchase and use green cleaning products
  • Report leaks and running taps to Facilities Management


  • Take the shuttle, carpool, bike or walk to on campus meetings
  • Telework when possible
  • UM Libraries schedules regular maintenance of fleet vehicles to be current with emission requirements

Meetings and Events

  • Use reusable or recyclable containers, cups, and utensils at office meetings and events
  • Reduce waste by making meetings paper-free
  • Decrease giveaways/freebies at special events
  • Promote and enable alternatives to in-person meetings i.e. Skype

Waste and Recycling Category

  • Establish an office supply sharing and re-use area for file folders, binders, pens, tape and use leftover supplies when possible
  • Use inter-departmental envelopes for on campus mailings
  • Practice single-stream recycling and include recycling instructions near all recycling bins
  • Print and copy on both sides of paper and set printer/copiers for automatic double-sided printing whenever possible
  • Collect single-sided copier and printer paper for reuse
  • Buy 100% recycled paper
  • Recycle batteries using Facilities Management brown battery collection system
  • Arrange for Terrapin Trader to pick up surplus office furniture, electronics and equipment
  • Recycle toner and ink cartridge from printers and copy machines
  • Participate in "Can the Can"