Two Departments Earn Green Workplace Certification

The Center for Child and Family Policy and Parking and Transportation Services are green workplaces

The Center for Child and Family Policy and Parking and Transportation Services have achieved the Duke Green Workplace Certification, bringing the total to 47 certified workplaces and over 1,100 staff working in certified workplaces at Duke.  The Green Workplace Certification recognizes work areas that formally assess how they are reducing their environmental footprint.

Staff from the Center for Child and Family Policy volunteer together each month at the Duke Campus Farm.  The department earned certification for 55 staff by completing 43 out of 58 items on the certification checklist.  Alternative transportation is encouraged within the department.  They recycle all traditional materials like paper, plastic and metal, as well as non-traditional materials like ink cartridges, electronics and furniture.  They also encourage attendees to bring their own mug or cup to events and avoid disposable water bottles and individually wrapped items.

Parking and Transportation Services (PTS) achieved 41 items on the Green Workplace Certification checklist, earning certification for 39 staff members. In an effort to promote sustainability awareness among staff members, PTS includes an environmental stewardship message in each department e-newsletter and will offer a sustainability award at the annual PTS holiday party.  They use electronic communications rather than hard copies and have a designated area for sharing office supplies that can be reused.  The department seeks local, organic and sustainable food options for events.

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.