Duke Integrative Medicine Programs Department is Green Workplace

65 workplaces including over 1,450 staff are currently certified

The Duke Integrative Medicine Programs Department brings the total to 65 workplaces that have achieved the Duke Green Workplace Certification. The Green Workplace Certification recognizes work areas that formally assess how they are reducing their environmental footprint.

The Duke Integrative Medicine Programs Department earned certification for six staff members by completing 45 out of 58 items on the checklist.  The department has received approval to purchase iPads for their staff, which will be utilized to decrease printing.  Staff within the department will contribute a monthly article about sustainability topics to the Duke Integrative Medicine internal staff newsletter.  In addition, the Programs Department met all of the criteria within the transportation category of the checklist, include promoting alternative commuting for staff, walking and taking Duke buses around campus, allowing telecommuting when appropriate and using videoconferencing to replace travel when possible.  Staff conserve water, reduce waste of paper and disposables, and recycle.

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.