Sustainability at Duke


Procurement Services' Guidelines

Duke's Green Purchasing Program helps University purchasers and employees make environmentally responsible purchasing decisions to reduce negative effects on human health and the environment.

In July of 2004, Duke adopted a set of Environmentally Preferable Purchasing Guidelines (PDF) to reduce our environmental impact in six strategic areas:

Office Products

Staples Advantage and Duke continue to partner together to lower our office supply costs and our impact on the environment.  Be sure to order from Staples Advantage for lowest pricing and environmentally responsible products.

  • Recycled paper and environmentally friendly shopping lists have been created to guide Duke purchasers (Instructions to order recycled paper)
  • Compare Hewlett Packard toner cartridges with remanufactured toner cartridges for best pricing
  • Recycle all brands of toner cartridges through Staples; click here for instructions
  • For additional tips to green your purchasing, email

You may also view the Energy Star Guide, Guidelines for Office Supply Purchasing or download the “Conserve our Green” Poster.

Duke Stores' Guidelines

Duke Stores has developed a Green Purchasing Policy (PDF).  Read more about Dukes Stores' sustainability commitments

Duke Stores has also played a role in the creation of the first living wage apparel factory and recently made Duke's graduation more sustainable through the use of gowns made of recycled plastic.

Buildings, Construction and Furnishings

Green purchasing in this area is covered comprehensively under Duke's commitment to LEED construction.


The use of Alternative Fuel Maintenance Vehicles has been a long standing initiative for the Facilities Management Department (FMD). In 1998, FMD received a Mobile Source Emissions Reduction Grant from the North Carolina Division of Air Quality and purchased its first alternative fuel vehicles. Since then, FMD has maintained this commitment, and in 2011, about 25% of the facilities fleet is powered by alternative fuels.  This includes the purchase of 10 new electric vehicles in 2011 to be used by the plumbing, electric, carpentry and grounds shops.