Be a volunteer for a greener earth…


GREEN-in-DUTY; the official volunteer community of Green Building Council of Sri Lanka is established with the sole intention of building an active network of environmentally conscious people committed to giving back without leaving a destructive footprint on the world.


To build and foster a community network of nature-minded people to ensure proper management of natural resources by organizing, and actively participating in environmental conservation programs and supporting the environment-related activities of the society and relevant authorities.

To organize and conduct participatory awareness programs for enhancing consciousness among the general public on severe impacts of climate change and other environmental degradations and to assist them in taking preventive and precautionary actions.

To work towards promoting ‘Sustainable lifestyle’ among the general public with special attention to school children and the youth to ensure that our society is fully committed to creating environmental sustainability.

To perform as a supportive force behind the Green Building Council of Sri Lanka in implementing its ‘Greening Sri Lanka 2020/30’Campaign.


Different people have different reasons for wanting to get involved in environmental volunteering. For some the desire to help the causes they believe in or feel passionate about is the main reason. Others do it because they would like more excitement and adventure in their lives while some other people think it is a good way of gaining valuable work experience to help them find attractive employment nationally or overseas. The fact is, almost any reason that motivates you to want to become an environmental volunteer is worthwhile as volunteers can make many achievements individually or as a group. You don’t even have to have a definite reason as long as you are genuinely interested in what the organization is striving to achieve, and want to work for a noble cause. A few other important benefits in becoming an environmental volunteer are listed below.

Volunteering Strengthen and Expand your Network

Volunteering is a great way to meet new people and new networks, especially from different regions, different careers, different ages, and different experiences. It powers your ties to the community and broadens your support network, exposing you to people with common interests, neighborhood resources, and fun and fulfilling activities. Volunteering with an internationally recognized organization like the Green Building Council of Sri Lanka linked to the World Green Building Council provides you the opportunity to get in touch with many important people and experts during the volunteer work.

You can join your colleagues, friends, relatives, and neighbors along with you for volunteering and it will strengthen existing relationships, as all are committed to a shared activity together.

Volunteering Improves Your Public Relations Skills

While some people are naturally outgoing, others are shy and have a hard time meeting new people. Volunteering gives you the opportunity to practice and develop your social skills since you are meeting regularly with a group of people from different walks of life with common interests. Once you have momentum, it’s easier to branch out and make more friends and contacts.

Volunteering often leads to greater cultural sensitivity and cross-cultural learning experiences.

Volunteering Can Advance Your Career with Enhanced Knowledge and Skills

Volunteering gives you the opportunity to practice important skills used in a project, such as teamwork, communication, problem-solving, project planning, task management, and organization. You might feel more comfortable stretching your wings at work once you’ve honed these skills in a volunteer position first.

Just because volunteer work is unpaid does not mean the skills you learn are basic. Many volunteering opportunities provide extensive training. These works bring a further developing and improving opportunity for your public speaking, communication, negotiation and negotiation abilities, and marketing skills.

Volunteering offers you the chance to try out a new career without making a long-term commitment. You can volunteer directly at an organization that does the kind of work you’re interested in.

Volunteer work experience will impress future employers. Your CV will demonstrate that you are flexible and committed to a cause or belief.

Volunteering Enhance Your Personal Recognition

As you are exposed as an individual to the community through volunteering, your image, your philosophy, and your views become visible to many. This gains you a special personal recognition where you are recognized as a community person.

Your volunteer work might also expose you to professional organizations or internships that could benefit your career.

Volunteering Improves Your Health

Volunteering makes you happy. By measuring hormones and brain activity, researchers have discovered that being helpful to others delivers immense pleasure. Human beings are hard-wired to give to others. The more we give, the happier we feel. Volunteering helps counteract the effects of stress, anger, and anxiety. Volunteering also combats depression.

Volunteering keeps you in regular contact with others and helps you develop a solid support system, which in turn protects you against depression. Volunteering increases self-confidence. You are doing well for others and the community, which provides a natural sense of accomplishment. Your role as a volunteer can also give you a sense of pride and identity. And the better you feel about yourself, the more likely you are to have a positive view of your life and future goals.

Volunteering provides a sense of purpose. Older adults, especially those who have retired, can find new meaning and direction in their lives by helping others. Whatever your age or life situation, volunteering can help take your mind off your own worries, keep you mentally stimulated, and add more zest to your life.

Evidence indicates that those who volunteer at an earlier stage are less likely to suffer from ill-health later in life, thereby offering up the possibility that the best way to prevent poor health in the future, which could be a barrier to volunteering, is to volunteer.

“Volunteers do not necessarily have the time; they just have the heart.”

Elizabeth Andrew