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Office of Vice President of Student Affairs is a Green Workplace
The Office of Vice President of Student Affairs is the sixth office to earn the Duke Green Workplace Certification. The Green Workplace Certification recognizes work areas that formally assess how they are reducing their environmental footprint. The office achieved 41 items out of 57 possible items on a checklist that measures workplace sustainability.
Sustainable practices in the Office of the Vice President of Student Affairs include promoting alternative transportation options to staff, purchasing recycled content paper, and providing reusable dishes and utensils in common areas. The office seeks local, organic and vegetarian food options for events. Many points were also earned for energy and water conservation measures that are common practice in the office.
Additional points were awarded for a creative action taken by the office. When replacing computers, the Office of the Vice President of Student Affairs purchased highly energy efficient laptops.
Duke's Office of Sustainability administers the Duke Green Workplace Certification, which begins when a representative from a work area attends the free "Leading for Environmental Sustainability" workshop. As part of the workshop, participants receive a checklist of sustainable practices ranging from double-sided printing to using eco-friendly dishwashing soap in a break room. A work area that can demonstrate it follows at least 40 of the checklist's 57 items can apply for certification and permission to post the Duke Green Workplace seal in its office and on materials.
View a complete list of certified offices and the actions they completed to earn certification.