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Duke Farms Foundation

Business Information
Name of Organization: 
Duke Farms Foundation
Organization Type: 
Business Description: 
Environmental Education
Contact Person: 
Clifford Berek
Business Location: 
Number of Employees: 
Renewal Date: 
Saturday, November 13, 2021
Waste Recycling
Description of Action: 
70% of solid waste is recycled, and diverted from land fill.
Energy Efficiency
Description of Action: 
Solar Thermal tubes installed at the Orchid Range to make tepid water for watering plants in the greenhouse and preheating water feed to the boilers.
Renewable Energy
Description of Action: 
2.6 acre Solar Array producing 640 kw, diverting 708 tons of CO2 (had we used oil) annually.
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Money Saved: 
Energy Other
Description of Action: 
56 Geothermal wells (400 feet deep) heat and cool the Orientation Center, diverting 598 tons of CO2 (had we used oil) annually.
Stormwater Management and Site Design
Description of Action: 
Our parking lot has no storm drains or curbs, all rain fall is washed into bioswales which are planted with Reeds. The roots of the Reeds host carbon digesting bacteria which convert the complex carbon (motor oil) to simple carbon which is sequestered back into the ground. 4.9 million gallons of rain water is cleaned and returned to ground water annually.
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Wetlands Protection and Restoration
Description of Action: 
Installed a Constructed Wetlands waste water treatment system. Duke Farms is not connected to city sewage lines. The waste from 500,000 visitors per year is converted on site and 1.2 million gallons of water is returned to ground water each year.
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Certification Programs
NJDEP Environmental Stewardship Program Recognition
Description of Action: 
Qualified in all 21 catagories
LEED™ Silver, Gold or Platinum
Description of Action: 
Platinum- Orientation Center Platinum- Orchid Range Greenhouse
Finished Application: 
Member Since: 
Monday, November 13, 2017