Legends parking lot is home to Appalachian’s 4-plug solar-powered EV charging station.
Legends parking lot is home to Appalachian’s 4-plug solar-powered EV charging station.

Green Workplace Certification

Help Appalachian State become the most sustainable university possible by reaching the “Peaks of Sustainability” in your own workplace. You can rate your workplace with the Sustain Yosef Workplace Certification Program.

This Certification recognizes campus work spaces that have taken extra steps to have greener operations and lower their daily carbon footprint.

Certification is contingent on completing all prerequisites and the questions in each of seven categories. This certification is completely voluntary, and the Office of Sustainability will offer advice and assistance if requested. The certification lasts for three years, but can be completed as often as you choose to achieve a higher score.

Reach for the Peaks of Sustainability!

Rocky Knob - 50-100, Howard’s Knob - 101-150, Elk Knob - 151-200, Grandfather Mountain - 201+

Sustain Yosef Workplace Certification Checklist


  • Assign a sustainability coordinator for your work space, who will consult with the Office of Sustainability
  • Implement the mini-bin system (containers available at central warehouse)
  • Zero Waste training with sustain office staff (30 mins)
  • Sign the Appalachian Sustainability pledge
  • Familiarize yourself with the Sustain Office website: sustain.appstate.edu
  • Familiarize yourself with the provided resources

7 Sustainability Categories

  • Energy & Water
  • Food & Events
  • Health & Wellness
  • Purchasing
  • Service & Community Engagement
  • Transportation
  • Zero Waste

You can also read the Green Workplace Certification requirements at the link below!

Green Workplace Requirements [PDF]

If your office wishes to become a certified Green Workplace, please call or email us to set up your Zero Waste training and make sure you have met all other prerequisites.

For more information, or if you have any questions, please email sustainability@appstate.edu.

Certified Offices

Below are the offices which have obtained the Sustain Yosef Green Workplace Certification, and their levels:

Office of Sustainability - Grandfather Mountain
ACT (Appalachian and the Community Together) - Grandfather Mountain
Outdoor Programs - Elk Knob
Financial Aid - Elk Knob
University Communications - Elk Knob
Dean's Office-College of Business - Elk Knob
Geography and Planning - Elk Knob
Physical Plant Administration - Elk Knob
Appalachian Energy Center - Elk Knob
Office of Equity Diversity and Compliance - Howard's Knob