Staff play a key role in embedding a culture of sustainability at JCU and the success of JCU in achieving its sustainability goals relies on all staff taking responsibility for their actions. To support this, TropEco has created a Sustainable Office Accreditation program that recognises the efforts of staff to embed sustainable practices in their everyday operations.
The JCU Sustainable Office Accreditation program is designed to empower staff to take responsibility for their sustainability practices in their workplace. The program is an incentive based, voluntary program that celebrates staff efforts, giving them a bronze, silver, gold or platinum status. The program is designed to be implemented at the Office, College or Research Centre level* or you can even nominate your Building, allowing individuals to work together and empower each other. Each campus will be assessed individually for their Office, College, Research Centre or Building. The program is run annually with each nominee's accreditation updated yearly.
*An Office/College/Research Centre/Building is based on where your position sits within the university. Therefore there may be multiple groups using a building or lunch room. For example the College of Science and Engineering and the College of Healthcare Sciences may share the same lunch room, in this case both colleges will earn/lose points for sustainability behaviours in the lunch room. Otherwise individual and group efforts will be awarded to the college that your position sits in.
Points are awarded for different office initiatives and activities and there are four levels of accreditation achievable:
Bronze - 150 points achieved
Silver - 250 points achieved
Gold - 350 points achieved
Platinum - 450+ points achieved
To participate, a College, Office, Research Centre or Building must appoint at least one Sustainability Champion who will be responsible for coordinating the accreditation process. Once a Sustainability Champion is nominated you can commence the accreditation process by contacting TropEco. TropEco staff will assist you in implementing initiatives in your area that will contribute to your accreditation.