The Aflac Green Committee recognizes Kurt Dukes, ERP consultant, as one of Aflac’s Champions of the Planet. Kurt credits his interest in sustainability to his family’s recycling business in Quitman, Ga.

Here are the five questions about sustainability we asked Kurt:

  1. What does it mean to you to be Green?

  2. How did you get interested in environmental sustainability?

  3. What do you do to be green at home?

  4. Do you do anything to be green at work?

  5. What are some easy things that you do that others could adopt?

Watch our interview with Kurt above to find out more.

Transcript

I'm Kurt Dukes. I'm an ERP Analyst and I've been with Aflac for going on 14 years, and I serve on the Green Committee. To reduce, re-use, recycle, do whatever I can to leave something for the future generations. I was involved in recycling as a child with my family. We had a recycling business. Even back in the '70's, we were doing sustainability and didn't realize it and so here I am as an adult, with children of my own and would like to continue that legacy.

I compost all my lawn clippings, pine cones, things of that nature in the yard. I put the blue bin out at the curb every week and it's always full. I've even switched lights from being on/off lights to motion sensor lights, so when they're not in use they're not on. At work, I've cut down on the amount of styrofoam that I use, but I recycle anything styrofoam.

In my own cube, I've made sure my task lights are not on. I've cut down on the use of the wastebasket, because I print very little. I'll reach out to other people's cubes and if they're not there, I'll turn off their task lights, if they've forgotten to do so. And I don't mind picking up recyclables that are on the top of a wastebasket, and putting them where they really need to be. The easiest thing someone can adopt to be green is replace lights that you seldom use, with screw-in adapters for motion sensor lights.