Duke University Marine Lab is a Certified Green Workplace

Thirty-first workplace earns Duke Green Workplace Certification

The Duke University Marine Lab (DUML) has earned the Duke Green Workplace Certification, bringing the total to 31 certified workplaces and over 500 staff working in certified workplaces at Duke.  The Green Workplace Certification recognizes work areas that formally assess how they are reducing their environmental footprint.

The Marine Lab earned certification for nine staff and faculty by completing 44 out of 58 items on the certification checklist.  The Marine Lab has implemented extensive measures to conserve energy and water, as well as to reduce paper consumption.  Located in Beaufort, NC, the Marine Lab uses videoconferencing and conference calls to connect to campus instead of travel, when possible.  The Marine Lab has also set up a unique program to recycle Styrofoam peanuts from packages by collecting them at a central site and returning them in bulk to the local UPS store.

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 58 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.