Sustainability at CDC

Enduring, resilient facilities and operations are necessary to support CDC as it ensures the preparedness, safety, and security of staff, as well as the ability to fulfill the CDC mission. CDC promotes the many long-term health aspects of sustainability and engages staff to promote a culture of continuous quality improvement that advances environmental stewardship through partnership and innovation.
Sustainable Facilities

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CDC builds and maintains facilities that minimize environmental impact and optimize inhabitant wellness. CDC updates existing buildings with features that conserve resources and promote occupant health and productivity. Several CDC buildings have received both LEEDExternal and/or FitwelExternal certifications.

Federal facilities also adhere to the following Six Guiding PrinciplesExternal when building sustainable, people-oriented facilities:

  • Employ integrated design.
  • Optimize energy performance.
  • Protect and conserve water.
  • Enhance indoor environmental quality.
  • Reduce environmental impact of materials.
  • Assess and consider environmental risks.
Wellness Culture

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A positive wellness culture in the workplace contributes to the physical, mental, and emotional well-being of workers, allowing for more efficient operations. A focus on worksite wellness increases productivity and creates more opportunities to reduce sick days and health-associated costs.

  • Wellness culture:
    • Empowers employees to make positive lifestyle choices.
    • Reduces absenteeism and idleness.
    • Educates workforce about hazards and opportunities for wellness.
    • Enhances employee productivity and cognitive functioning.
    • Reduces healthcare costs.
    • Shifts healthcare paradigms from treatment to prevention.
  • Employers can implement workplace wellness by:
    • Establishing programs for exercising during the workday.
    • Implementing a no-smoking policy and provide resources for tobacco cessation.
    • Allowing flexible work schedules and telework.
    • Encouraging staff to take the stairs.
    • Selecting worksites close to amenities like public transportation, walking trails, and fitness facilities.
Go Green Get Healthy Culture

CDC recognizes that the health of the environment and the health of the community are inextricably linked. CDC focuses on the health of the American people, and CDC extends this commitment to CDC employees for their health and wellness needs. A series of sustainability workgroups have been established to organize grassroots volunteers and provide a structure for their input and involvement.

The Recycling Ambassador program is an internal workgroup designed to help achieve waste diversion goals through reporting areas of improvement and taking action to increase awareness of CDC recycling initiatives.

CDC features monthly Sustainability Stars who embody and enact CDC’s sustainability mission including activities such as active commutes, recycling, and environmental leadership.


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CDC collaborates with organizations to make progress towards larger sustainability goals. Below are a few current and past partners of CDC sustainability and some examples of our collaborative projects. If your program is interested in collaborating with CDC, please contact


CDC reports all progress on federal sustainability goals through annual reports and scorecards. For more information about CDC’s guidelines and scorecard, visit the Goals and Reporting page.

Page last reviewed: May 3, 2018