The Economics Ecoteach Center has achieved Duke Green Workplace Certification. The Green Workplace Certification recognizes work areas that formally assess how they are reducing their environmental footprint. There are now 52 certified workplaces and over 1,100 staff working in certified workplaces at Duke.
The department achieved 46 of 58 items on the checklist and earned certification for six staff members. Staff in Economics Ecoteach are encouraged to use alternative transportation to get to work and when travelling around campus. They reuse scrap paper, edit documents electronically when possible, and share unwanted office supplies. The department is also replacing their current bottled water system with a bottle-free filtration system 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.