- First, establish their team within their immediate work environment.
- Second, assess the sustainability of their office's current operations.
- Third, enact tasks that make their office a more sustainable unit.
- Fourth, present themselves as an example for other campus units to follow
Once registered, a team can begin to pursue certification. The certification process consists of a linear series of 4 certificates: Seed, Sprout, Sapling and Tree. Each certificate includes a list of feasible sustainable actions distributed amongst 7 categories:
The categories correspond to both the IUOS working groups as well as categories included in the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education's Sustainability Tracking, Assessment and Rating System (STARS). IUB is a charter member of AASHE, and IUOS believes that the association's STARS will soon be the standard that all American colleges and universities follow. By attending to the rating system's categories now, Green Teams will be setting IUB up for high marks. Fulfilling the actions included within the checklists also allows teams to contribute to the goals put forth by the Campus Sustainability Advisory Board. Simply put, by pursuing certification Green Teams will help ensure that Indiana University continues to be regarded as a leader in sustainability!
After a team has fulfilled the actions contained within a particular certificate's checklist, they need to contact the Green Teams coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org letting him know all of the tasks have been completed. If everything is in order, the team will be awarded a physical certificate and be granted access to the application for the next level of certification.