Duke Health Technology Solutions (DHTS) recently earned Duke Green Workplace Certification, bringing the campus total to 74 certified green workplaces. The Certification recognizes work areas that formally assess how they are reducing their environmental footprint.
DHTS earned certification by completing 44 out of 58 checklist items for their 842 staff members. Staff recycle all coffee, tea, and hot chocolate packets from Flavia coffee machines and send them to the fresh pack recycle program to be turned into new products and have the contents composted. For Keurig machines, the staff use a Recycle A Cup machine that separates the K-cups so the plastic can be recycled and grounds composted. DHTS works with custodians in their building to make sure lights are off in rooms after they have serviced them. The staff uses SharePoint to share documents as well as to store sustainable stories to inspire others in the office and at home.
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.