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Green Grant Fund

  • Duke University (NC)

Executive Vice President Tallman Trask has committed $50,000 each year to fund student, staff and faculty sustainability projects. The fund has been used to put on conferences, conduct research ...


Mitigating Air Travel Emissions: Measuring, Pricing and Collaboration

  • Arizona State University (AZ)
  • Duke University (NC)
  • University of California, Los Angeles (CA)
  • University of Maryland, College Park (MD)

Presenters will discuss their approaches to tracking airline miles, estimating emissions, and counter-acting these emissions. Carbon neutral air travel requires data availability to accurately estimate emissions, but perhaps a larger ...

  • Posted Nov. 5, 2018
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Leveraging the Campus Sustainability Committee: Zombie Committees vs Robust Change Agents

  • Cornell University (NY)
  • Duke University (NC)
  • North Carolina State University (NC)
  • University of Massachusetts Amherst (NY)

What is the secret to successful sustainability committees? Is there a magic formula for long-term effectiveness or do the committees need to evolve over time? Once sustainability programs become more ...

  • Posted Nov. 5, 2018
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OffsetNetwork.org: Higher Ed's Hub for Self-Generated Offset Projects and Peer Verification

  • American University (DC)
  • Duke University (NC)
  • Second Nature (MA)

The Offset Network is an online platform for colleges and universities to share experience, lessons learned and tell the stories behind developing their own carbon offset projects. The site provides ...

  • Posted Nov. 5, 2018
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Approaches to Carbon Offset Procurement

  • Colgate University (NY)
  • Duke University (NC)
  • University of California, Berkeley (CA)
  • Second Nature (MA)

This presentation will feature a diversity of institutions and their approaches to carbon offset procurement in pursuit of carbon reduction goals. The institutions represented on this panel share the perspective ...

  • Posted Nov. 5, 2018
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Career Paths in Sustainability

  • Duke University (NC)

The Managing Director of the Center for Energy, Development, and the Global Environment at Duke University provides guidance for students on exploring careers in sustainability. She emphasizes the connections between ...

  • Posted May 8, 2018
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From Basic Research to Applied Solutions: are two approaches to sustainability science emerging?

  • Arizona State University (AZ)
  • Duke University (NC)

Despite its widespread emergence and adoption, sustainability science continues to suffer from definitional ambiguity within the academe. A review of efforts to provide direction and structure to the science reveal ...


Duke University Carbon Policy on the Road to 2024: Policy Proposals

  • Duke University (NC)

The goal of our Bass Connections in Energy Team (henceforth “the Team”) was to research ways to measure and influence both individual and institutional change to reduce Duke University’s ...

  • Posted April 11, 2018
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Bundled Offsets: Manage Risk and Benefit Local Communities

  • Duke University (NC)
  • Urban Offsets, Inc.

The strategy of offset bundling involves pairing 3rd party verified carbon offsets with local high co-benefit projects to assure climate impact and build local resilience. Tani Colbert-Sangree, of The Duke ...

  • Posted Dec. 1, 2017
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Getting Started with Local Carbon Offsets: Spotlight on Urban Forestry

  • Davidson College (NC)
  • Duke University (NC)

For many schools working towards carbon neutrality, carbon offsets will play an important role. While offsets can be purchased on the open market, it is possible to have an even ...

  • Posted Dec. 1, 2017
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Climate Leadership Network Carbon Offset Projects Networking

  • Duke University (NC)
  • Second Nature (MA)

This networking meeting will focus on the development of 'peer reviewed' and 'innovative' carbon offset projects for colleges and universities. Please join us if you are interested in exploring options ...

  • Posted Dec. 1, 2017
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Utilizing Innovative and Peer Reviewed Carbon Offsets with the Second Nature Climate Leadership Commitments

  • Duke University (NC)
  • Second Nature (MA)

Many institutions use carbon offsets to help them attain carbon neutrality and achieve their goals under the Second Nature Climate Leadership Commitments. Since 2008, Second Nature has provided guidelines for ...

  • Posted Dec. 1, 2017
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Multiple Approaches to Successfully Sustaining Your Campus as a Teaching and Living Laboratory

  • Duke University (NC)
  • Furman University (SC)
  • North Carolina State University (NC)
  • University of North Carolina, Charlotte (NC)
  • University of Georgia (GA)

The concept of using campus buildings, grounds, infrastructure, resources, and systems to support research and learning in sustainability is widely accepted and recognized by assessments like STARS. This workshop will ...

  • Posted Dec. 1, 2017
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Examining Interdisciplinary Sustainability Institutes at Major Research Universities: Innovations in Cross-Campus and Cross-Disciplinary Models

  • University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign (IL)
  • Johns Hopkins University (MD)
  • Vanderbilt University (TN)
  • Texas A&M University (TX)
  • Boston University (MA)
  • Brown University (RI)
  • University of Wisconsin-Madison (WI)
  • University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (MN)
  • Princeton University (NJ)
  • Stanford University (CA)
  • Northwestern University (IL)
  • Columbia University (NY)
  • Duke University (NC)
  • University of Michigan (MI)
  • University of California, Los Angeles (CA)
  • Cornell University (NY)
  • University of Arizona (AZ)
  • Pennsylvania State University (PA)

This is a study of the disctintive characteristics, activities, challenges and opportunities of a specific type of sustainability institute, one that spans the many disciplines of the university and, to ...


Tree Eyes

  • Duke University (NC)

Tree eyes were placed in key locations on campus during Earth Week for a photo contest to celebrate Duke's Green Spaces!


Recommendations on Campus Sustainability Development at Duke Kunshan University

  • Duke University (NC)
  • Hong Kong University of Science & Technology (Hong Kong)
  • Duke Kunshan University (Jiangsu)

As the Sustainable Duke Office at Duke University determines the next steps on how best to integrate a satellite campus such as Duke Kunshan University (DKU) into its Climate Action ...


Developing and Implementing Innovative Carbon Offset Projects

  • Duke University (NC)
  • Oberlin College (OH)
  • University of Florida (FL)

For universities and colleges with fast approaching climate goals, it is clear that carbon offsets are set to play a crucial role in achieving these goals. More schools are looking ...

  • Posted Nov. 18, 2016
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Experiential Sustainability Certificates - Connecting the Classroom to the Real World

  • Duke University (NC)
  • University of Kansas (KS)

The 'living lab' concept is not new in the higher ed. sustainability world. However, developing robust programs that allow students, across disciplines, to study these complex issues while linking curricular ...

  • Posted Nov. 18, 2016
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An Exploration of Sustainable Business Measurement and Performance Criteria

  • Duke University (NC)

A great deal of current effort is focused on developing and aligning sustainability performance criteria. We will explore together what is happening with GRI, SASB, etc. in institutionalizing clear metrics ...

  • Posted Nov. 18, 2016
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Offset: The Card Game

  • Duke University (NC)

The Duke Carbon Offsets Initiative (DCOI) educates students, staff, and faculty at Duke University about a variety of topics relating to carbon offsets. However, these topics can be difficult to ...

  • Posted Nov. 18, 2016
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Raising Student Voices: Student Action for University Community Investment

  • University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (TX)
  • University of San Francisco (CA)
  • Wesleyan University (CT)
  • Case Western Reserve University (OH)
  • Loyola University New Orleans (LA)
  • Fordham University (NY)
  • Duke University (NC)
  • American University (DC)
  • University of Chicago (IL)
  • University of Pennsylvania (PA)
  • Responsible Endowments Coalition (PA)

This report from The Democracy Collaborative and the Responsible Endowments Coalition seeks to connect struggling communities to local institutional wealth through engaging student activism. The report profiles three administration-led initiatives ...


Collective action competence: an asset to campus sustainability

  • Duke University (NC)

Purpose - The purpose of this paper is to operationalize theories of social learning and collective action for campus sustainability practitioners at higher education instititions (IHEs) to enhance their work, and ...

  • Posted July 18, 2016
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Duke Water Reclamation Pond

  • Duke University (NC)

After a severe drought in 2007, Duke spearheaded water reclamation projects across campus. The 5.5 acre reclamation pond collects storm water from 22% of Duke's main campus, over ...

  • Posted June 10, 2016
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Zero Waste Game Day at Duke University

  • Duke University (NC)

Leading up to the 2014 Duke Football season, a formal partnership was created between Duke Athletics, Duke Recycling, Duke Stores, and the Duke Sustainability Office in order to successfully achieve ...

  • Posted June 10, 2016
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Standardizing Greenhouse Gas Protocols in the 14-member Ivy+ Sustainability Consortium

  • GreenerU (MA)
  • Harvard University (MA)
  • Duke University (NC)
  • Yale University (CT)
  • Stanford University (CA)
  • The Climate Registry

One of the most challenging issues facing the higher education sustainability movement is how to track and report greenhouse gas emissions in ways that allow for benchmarking and comparison while ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Can You Hear Me Now? Amplifying and Measuring Sustainability Communications

  • Duke University (NC)
  • College of Charleston (SC)
  • Pennsylvania State University (PA)
  • Northwestern University (IL)
  • Princeton University (NJ)

Whether you are marketing an event, campaign, or simply advertising a service your office offers, building communications partnerships and tracking your communications success are essential to growing your audience and ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Changing Behaviors through Green Office Certification

  • Duke University (NC)
  • Pomona College (CA)
  • University of Maryland, College Park (MD)

Developing a Green Office Certification program at your college or university is nothing new. However, measuring Green Office Certification program impacts through behavior change and tangible energy and water savings ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Can you Hear me Now? Metrics for Sustainability Communications

  • American University (DC)
  • College of Charleston (SC)
  • Duke University (NC)
  • Northwestern University (IL)
  • Pennsylvania State University (PA)
  • Princeton University (NJ)

Whether you are marketing an event, campaign, or simply advertising a service your office offers, tracking your communications success is essential to growing your audience and engaging your community. Every ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Promoting Sustainable Agriculture and Access to Local Food in the Carolinas Program: Campuses to Communities

  • Davidson College (NC)
  • Duke University (NC)
  • Furman University (SC)
  • Johnson C. Smith University (NC)

The Duke Endowment (TDE) schools, Davidson College, Duke University, Furman University, and Johnson C. Smith University, all have significant interest in promoting sustainable farm and food systems in the Carolinas ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Endowment Transparency at Duke: a Qualitative Analysis of Effects on Environmental Sustainability and Assessment of Strategies

  • Duke University (NC)

The transparency of a university's endowment affects the responsibility of its investment decisions. After researching Duke University's endowment and examining numerous protests against Duke's irresponsible investments, I ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Smart Sustainable Landscape at Duke University

  • Duke University (NC)

The Duke Smart Home has participated in the new Sustainable SITES Initiative pilot program and created a new garden and landscape on the Duke central campus which includes water management ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Campus as a Training Ground for Careers in Sustainability

  • Duke University (NC)
  • North Carolina State University (NC)
  • Wake Forest University (NC)

In keeping with the theme of the conference, representatives from three universities (two private research universities and one land grant university) will present practiced and proven models for training students ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Sustainability Officers 1.0 to 2.0 Toolkit: Strategic and Sane Workload Management of People, Projects, and Programs on Your Campus

  • Baylor University (TX)
  • Duke University (NC)
  • Santa Clara University (CA)
  • University of Vermont (VT)

Sustainability staff are involved in many initiatives at a time, and often these are run in collaboration with multiple stakeholders. The Sustainability Office version 1.0 consisted of one staffer--it ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Making Homes Smarter

  • Duke University (NC)

Smart homes are energy efficient and have technology that is intuitive and easy to use. Smart Home should be sustainable and environmentally friendly. Smart homes should promote well being and ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Local Carbon Offset Projects: Lessons Learned from Yale, Furman, and Duke Universities

  • Duke University (NC)
  • Furman University (SC)
  • Yale University (CT)

Universities and Colleges across the nation are currently addressing climate change by making significant commitments to reduce campus greenhouse gas emissions. To meet their aggressive reduction targets campuses are identifying ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Doing More with Less: Tapping Campus Partnerships and Online Resources

  • Duke University (NC)
  • North Carolina State University (NC)
  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (NC)

Tough economic times have brought new challenges in sustainability outreach and engagement. Facing tight budgets, sustainability professionals must think creatively to reach their campus community. Highlighted in this panel presentation ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Measuring and managing sustainability using SAS at Duke University

  • Duke University (NC)
  • SAS (NC)

Higher education institutions face many complexities tracking and reporting emissions and other sustainability measures that extend beyond the capacities of spreadsheets and manual reporting tools. Institutional sustainability performance today requires ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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A Survey of Water Management at University and College Campuses

  • Duke University (NC)

The effective management of water is necessary as water resources become increasingly scarce and variable through inefficient consumption, pollution, and climate change. Integrated water resource management is recommended to sustainably ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Excellence in Education - the Duke Smart Home Program

  • Duke University (NC)

The Duke Smart Home Program began in 2003 when a student had an idea to design a place where students could live and work together on projects of sustainability and ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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From Exceptional Drought to Long-term Water Efficiency

  • Duke University (NC)
  • North Carolina State University (NC)
  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (NC)

During the record-breaking drought of 2007, three universities rose to the challenge. UNC Chapel Hill, Duke, and NC State - the largest water consumers in their markets - improved their water infrastructure ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Launching SAC: A Colloquia Model

  • Central Washington University (WA)
  • Duke University (NC)

In a recent article, Daniel Sherman asserted that for campus sustainability to really take hold, it must become a "pedagogical big idea" and not just a focus of campus operations ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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A Case Study in Partnership and Collaboration: The Home Depot Smart Home at Duke University

  • Duke University (NC)
  • SmithGroup (MI)

The presentation will focus on the Home Depot Smart Home as a case study of the integration and collaboration of an Institution's administration, faculty, students, and the design team ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Center for the Advancement of Social Entrepreneurship

  • Duke University (NC)

The Center for the Advancement of Social Entrepreneurship (CASE) is an award-winning research and education center based at Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business. CASE’s mission is to ...

  • Posted Feb. 25, 2016
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Environmental Sciences & Policy (BA)

  • Duke University (NC)

The A.B. degree is designed for students interested in the interdisciplinary study of environmental issues. The major permits students to combine studies in natural sciences and engineering with courses ...

  • Posted Feb. 25, 2016
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PhD in Civil & Environmental Engineering

  • Duke University (NC)

Course requirements: 60 credits, including 36 course credits (15 in core courses and 21 in courses related to the student's area of study) and 24 research credits. Students are ...

  • Posted Feb. 25, 2016
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PhD in Environmental Policy

  • Duke University (NC)

The UPEP PhD program is jointly administered by the Nicholas School of the Environment and the Sanford School of Public Policy. It draws on the extensive resources of both schools ...

  • Posted Feb. 25, 2016
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Environmental Science, Management & Policy Program

  • Duke University (NC)
  • Franklin & Marshall College (PA)

A cooperative program between Franklin & Marshall College and Duke University in the areas of environmental science, management, and policy. The student earns the bachelor’s and master’s degrees ...

  • Posted Feb. 25, 2016
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JD/Master of Environmental Management

  • Duke University (NC)

The Law School and Nicholas School of the Environment have established a combined four-year program in law and graduate level environmental management. Acceptance into this program requires applying separately for ...

  • Posted Feb. 25, 2016
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Environmental Leadership Master of Environmental Management

  • Duke University (NC)

The Duke Environmental Leadership Master of Environmental Management (DEL-MEM) is an innovative, online two-year degree program designed specifically for mid-career environmental professionals and business executives. Students continue to pursue their ...

  • Posted Feb. 25, 2016
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Master of Environmental Management

  • Duke University (NC)

The Master of Environmental Management (MEM) degree teaches students how to analyze and manage natural environments for human benefit and ecosystem health. MEM students choose one of seven specialized concentrations ...

  • Posted Feb. 25, 2016
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