Climate Action Plan

President's Climate Commitment

As part of Duke’s continued leadership in environmental stewardship and sustainability, the university has signed the American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment.

By signing the commitment, Duke has pledged to eliminate or offset all campus greenhouse gas emissions over time, and in the process, lead the transition to a sustainable economy. The President's Commitment involves undertaking the following steps, and communicating with the campus community:

  • Completing an emissions inventory [more info]

    The University has collected an annual inventory of greenhouse gas emissions going back to 1990; however, the scope of these measurements have expanded greatly over time. Explore Duke's carbon footprint and the factors contributing to our emissions.
  • Develop a Climate Action Plan for achieving neutrality [more info]

    Duke's Climate Action Plan was drafted by the Campus Sustainability Committee, co-chaired by Dr. Tallman Trask and Dr. William Chameides. Review Duke's Climate Action Plan and provide your thoughts and feedback.
  • Taking immediate steps to reduce greenhouse gas emissions [more info]

    Learn more about what Duke is doing to control greenhouse gas emissions and take the Duke Carbon Calculator to get a tailored action plan for reducing your carbon footprint.
  • Integrating sustainability into the educational experience of all Duke students [more info]

    Take advantage of current academic opportunities, find sustainability courses, and learn more about sustainability and the curriculum at Duke.

As the Climate Action Plan is implemented, Duke is developing a Sustainability Strategic Plan to focus on a broader spectrum of areas within campus sustainability. The Sustainability Strategic Plan addresses additional sustainability topics including water conservation, recycling, and land management.

Climate Action Plan: Public Documents and Presentations

Climate Action Plan Documents / Presentations

ppt 2013 Sustainability Strategic Plan Progress Report
pdf 2013 Greenhouse Gas Inventory Update (PDF)
pdf 2012 Greenhouse Gas Inventory Update (PDF)
pdf 2012 Sustainability Strategic Plan Progress Report (PDF)
pdf Sustainability Strategic Plan Fact Sheets (PDF)
pdf 2011 Greenhouse Gas Inventory Update (PDF)
pdf GHG Update/CAP Progress Report -- May 2011 (PDF)
pdf GHG Update/CAP Progress Report -- May 2010 (PDF)
ppt 2008 Greenhouse Gas Inventory Update
ppt Duke's 2004 GHG Report (powerpoint)
pdf Duke's 2004 GHG Inventory (PDF)