The Duke Carbon Offsets Initiative

About Duke's Climate Commitment

To meet its goal of climate neutrality by 2024, Duke University will need to offset approximately 185,000 tons of carbon dioxide equivalent-emissions per year, starting in 2024, an amount which Duke expects to diminish over time as the University's electricity supplier moves off of coal to renewable sources of energy.

Understanding that carbon offsets will play a significant part reaching climate neutrality, the Office of the Executive Vice President established the Duke Carbon Offsets Initiative in June 2009. The Initiative is responsible for developing the University's strategy for meeting its offset goals in a way that provides significant local, state and regional environmental, economic, and societal co-benefits beyond the benefits of greenhouse gas emission reductions.

The DCOI has developed a portfolio approach to generating carbon offsets, focusing on

  • Methane capture projects from North Carolina swine farms through the installation of innovative animal waste management systems. Loyd Ray Farms is the pilot program and current core of DCOI's work;
  • Community-based energy efficiency projects, currently being piloted with Duke University students, faculty, and staff; and
  • The potential for carbon sequestration through forestry and land conservation-based projects

DCOI also supplies offsets to members of the internal Duke community who wish to offset their individual, departmental or special event emissions where it is not possible to avoid or reduce emissions.

Click here for information on purchasing carbon offsets for yourself, your department at Duke, or a special event.

In addition to investigating emerging offset opportunities around the world where there is a clear nexus to the University's activities, DCOI is working to act as a resource for others outside of Duke interested in pursuing offsets projects, thereby serving to facilitate and catalyze high-integrity offset projects.

Google's Visit to Loyd Ray Farms