It is easy for staff and faculty who want to promote a culture of sustainability at the University of Georgia to incorporate these practices into their workplace. No matter where you work at UGA, anyone can keep the following Seven Basic Commitments during their day-to-day activities. If you would like to go above and beyond, you can participate in some or all of the advanced programs listed below. 

Seven Basic Commitments

The most cost-effective lighting control device is right at your fingertips! Be sure not to create a safety hazard, but otherwise you are hereby authorized to turn lights off in empty rooms.

Use your power settings to put your monitor and CPU to sleep after 10 or 15 minutes of inactivity. Ask your departmental IT staff for help if you need it.

You can literally cut your paper use in half if you print on both sides whenever possible. You can even make this the default setting for your computer.

Use the resources in the Recycling and Compost section of this site to learn best practices to minimize the amount of materials you send to the landfill. 

If you want to get fancy, opt into the Self-Service Deskside Recycling System.

Report leaks to FMD Work Request or 706-542-7456. For after hours emergencies call UGA Police at 706-542-2200.

Why not walk to lunch on Wednesdays? Or hop on a Campus Transit bus for your next meeting? Even a small change is a step in the right direction.

Advanced Programs

Individuals and groups can go the extra mile to participate in these on- and off-campus programs that help conserve resources, reduce waste, protect the local environment, and enhance social wellbeing at UGA and beyond. 



Participate in the UGA departmental compost program. We’ll put a collection bin in your break room or kitchen and we’ll pick it up and replace it with a clean bin weekly.

Alternative Commute

Employees who bike, walk, bus, or carpool to work can participate in the Alternative Transportation Program.


Hold an annual volunteer work day, either self-organized or with a local non-profit.


Meet or exceed UGA’s goal of 75% participation in the Campaign for Charities program.

Lactation Room

Support new parents’ transitions back into the workplace by reducing the barriers to breastfeeding through the creation of a lactation room. The room should meet or exceed federal guidelines and should be available for use by the UGA community.

LGBT Safe Space Training

The Safe Space program at UGA is a three and a half hour training for faculty, staff, and students who are interested in learning about gender and sexual identity, homophobia, heterosexism, and how they can provide support and work toward being an ally for the LGBT community. Presented by the LGBT Resource Center

Diversity and Inclusion Certificate

Get a closer look at the people, institutions, and initiatives that play an integral role in supporting and fostering diversity at UGA. You will explore diversity-related topics in order to enhance UGA’s welcoming and inclusive environment. Presented by the Office of Institutional Diversity

Be a Visible Ally

Show your support for members of disenfranchised communities at UGA. Attend the events of groups such as MSP, the LGBTRC, ISL, and others to learn about the issues affecting communities at UGA and around the world. Events can be found on each organization’s website or on the UGA Master Calendar. 

Got Your Six Training

Learn about the unique attributes of UGA’s student veterans, the challenges and opportunities they may face in the university setting, and how you can help empower them as civic leaders. Presented by the Student Veterans Resource Center

Advanced Energy

Join the Office of Sustainability for an in-depth look at where our energy comes from, how our buildings are heated and cooled, and large- and small-scale energy conservation strategies.

Advanced Water

The Office of Sustainability presents a comprehensive look at UGA’s water sources, where wastewater goes, local watershed preservation efforts, and water conservation opportunities.

Advanced Waste

What happens to stuff after you throw it “away?” Take your group on a tour of the Athens-Clarke County Recycling Facility or the Landfill to find out! Contact the Athens-Clarke County Solid Waste Division to schedule tours.  

Watershed Wonders

Protect the beauty of Athens’ watersheds! Participate in a river cleanup through Keep Athens-Clarke County Beautiful, with the UGA Chew Crew, or by participating in Athens’ Rivers Alive campaign.

Driven Office

Give back to the community we live in by hosting or sponsoring a book, food, clothing, or shoe drive to donate to a local Athens charity. Examples include Food Bank of Northeast GA, Habitat for Humanity, Project Safe, and Books for Keeps.

Blood Donation or Drive

Give blood at some of the many blood drives that take place throughout the year on campus. Or, host or sponsor a Red Cross blood drive through your workplace. Learn more about hosting a blood drive.