This blog post describes the Green Seal Green Office Partnership Program experience from the perspective of a partner organization — the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). This post originally appeared in IEEE’s Insights publication and is posted here with permission from the author Chris McNanes, IEEE-USA’s public relations manager and member of the IEEE Washington green team.
The office, serving as IEEE-USA and IEEE Computer Society headquarters, was among 14 in the Washington metropolitan area to receive recognition in The Green Seal Green Office Partnership Program. It was chosen for a workplace sustainability review in September 2014, courtesy of the American Society of Association Executives Foundation, which provided a $500 grant to support the activity.
Green Seal Project Coordinator Ben Walsh toured the national capital workspace with a 45-item checklist, evaluating it against a set of mandatory and optional criteria:
- Waste reduction & recycling
- Office supplies
- IT equipment & management
- Kitchen & pantry supplies
- Operational systems
- Staff training & education