The Green Book: Get Involved

Here’s the part where you go out and keep making a difference. Show what you know, on and off campus!

On Campus

Looking to incorporate the environment into your extracurriculars? Duke has a bunch of environment-focused student groups. Join one and add your passions and interests to make a positive impact on campus!

Environmental Groups (Undergraduate focus)

  • Environmental Alliance is the largest undergraduate environmental group on campus.  It tackles a broad range of environmental issues through the annual Eco-Olympics competition and through student-led campaigns focusing on energy, recycling, bottled water, food, global health, education, and more.
  • Students for Sustainable Living (SSL) is a paid, 15-member student corps dedicated to “greening” Duke’s campus culture through education and outreach with the ultimate goal of reducing the University’s environmental footprint.  Working in teams, students design and implement campus sustainability projects throughout the year.
  • Dorm Eco-Reps are student volunteers who are leaders for sustainability in the 14 East Campus residence halls at Duke. They educate their peers about sustainability and develop fun and engaging programming to lower the environmental footprint of the residence halls and their residents.
  • The Duke Food Project is a composite of the Duke Campus Farm and the Duke Community Garden, and working at either of those sites is a great way to get outside and support local food. The organization is also involved with advocacy for sustainable food initiatives on campus.
  • The Duke Smart Home builds diverse and inter-disciplinary project teams to achieve innovative solutions to sustainable living. These teams make use of the cutting edge facilities at Duke Smart Home, located off Campus Drive behind the Freeman Center.
  • The Duke/UNC Roots & Shoots group is a collaboration between Duke and UNC-CH students. The groups’s main interest is educating people about primate conservation.
  • Duke PAWS (Promoting Animal Welfare Through Service) is a Duke student community service group that raises awareness about the companion animal (cats, dogs, gerbils, etc.) population in Durham and educates the public on the importance of proper animal care.

Environmental Groups (Graduate focus)


Connect with nature at the Sarah P. Duke Gardens or the Duke Forest.


There’s plenty to learn about sustainability beyond this website. Make the environment a part of your Duke education!

Sustainable Duke

Check out Sustainable Duke to learn what Duke is doing on a large scale to help the environment.  Here are some great ways you can contribute to that effort:

  • Take the Sustainable Duke Pledge to show your support for making Duke more sustainable
  • Participate in regular sustainability challenges and competitions from Sustainable Duke
  • Calculate your contribution to Duke’s carbon footprint and discover ways to reduce it with the Duke Carbon Calculator

Stay Informed

  • Subscribe to Eno, a new literary magazine that publishes environmentally-themed works created by Nicholas School students, faculty, and friends.

Green Funding

Do you have another idea for improving sustainability on campus? Apply to the Green Grant Fund, a $50,000 fund for sustainability projects managed by Sustainable Duke.


Looking to expand your environmental activism? The Triangle has many groups you can get involved with – these are just a few of the many! (See the Transportation section for ways to get around!)


  • Clean Energy Durham is a non-profit organization that works with Durham neighborhoods to improve energy efficiency and create awareness of cleaner, safer energy sources



  • Slow Food Triangle celebrates local food! It supports local farmers and artisans and gains awareness for local foods and nutrition
  • Carolina Farm Stewardship Association promotes local and organic agriculture in the Carolinas by inspiring, educating and organizing farmers and consumers, and advocating for fair farm and food policies
  • SEEDS (South Eastern Efforts Developing Sustainable Spaces) is a non-profit community garden that aims to teach people to care for the earth through a variety of garden-based programs. Runs community gardening programs, after school programs and summer camps.

Nature Conservation

  • The Eno River Association is a non-profit organization that aims to conserve and protect the natural, cultural and historic resources of the Eno River Basin (Eno River State Park is also a gorgeous area for hiking and swimming in the Eno Quarry!)
  • The Nature Conservancy is a global conservation organization that works to promote biodiversity through the protection of ecologically important lands and waters


  • WOODS (Wilderness and Outdoor Opportunities for Durham Students) is a program that is run by Duke students promoting nature and environmental experiential education in the Durham area. Aspects of ecology, the environment, and basic natural principles are taught through team building exercises, games, and spending time outdoors.
  • Schoolhouse of Wonder runs environmental education programs and camps for children throughout the year to spread awareness of the natural world and its history

Creative Reuse

  • Recyclique Shop is a non-profit co-op shop devoted to creative re-use and sustainability