Clinical Engineering was recently certified as the 60th office to achieve the Duke Green Workplace Certification. The Green Workplace Certification recognizes work areas that formally assess how they are reducing their environmental footprint.
Clinical Engineering earned certification for 71 staff members by completing 40 out of 58 items on the checklist. The department is in the process of receiving recycling bins for their office space and is implementing a "bring your own coffee cup" to work initiative. This will eliminate the use of Styrofoam and help to reduce the department's budget for kitchen supplies. Clinical Engineering is vigilant about saving energy through turning off lights when they are not in use, using energy-saving settings and shutting off equipment at night. They recycle ink cartridges and electronics and make use of interoffice envelopes to reduce waste.
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.