The Cardinal Green Office Program (CGOP) addresses the measurable impact of individual actions on efficient resource consumption. Since the program was piloted in 2009, over 80 buildings have participated to improve their overall sustainability performance. This year, 12 buildings were audited through CGOP. As a result, a total of 45 smart strips and 35 appliance timers were installed in 11 of these, for an estimated electricity cost savings of nearly $1,500 per year. CGOP engages with buildings through volunteer green building champions, who lead the process of implementing recommendations and raising awareness among other building occupants.

To facilitate this process, Office of Sustainability launched the Cardinal Green Office Resource Library, which contains resources for green building champions. For instance, the library houses sample communication materials, including flyers, labels, and email messages that green building champions can distribute to building occupants. Additionally, 14 new “how to” guides complement the existing suite of materials offered by Office of Sustainability. The Cardinal Green Office Resource Library is available to all past and present CGOP participants. As CGOP continues to recruit more participants and grow its network of green building champions, the resource library allows all participants to engage with the program in an easy and effective way.