Analysis of Sustainability Strategic Planning at Duke University

Fall
2011
Spring
2012
Project Theme(s): 
Air & Climate
Campus Engagement
Policy & Planning
Description: 

This study was conducted in order to inform the sustainability planning process at Duke University and similar institutions of higher education. Through interviews of Duke University Campus Sustainability Committee members and a cost-benefit  analysis  of  Duke’s  Climate  Action  Plan,  we  evaluated  the   effectiveness  of  Duke’s  sustainability  planning  and  implementation  process. Additionally, we investigated the widely varying sustainability approaches and metrics used by fifteen peer institutions to evaluate their relative merits. In depth interviews were also conducted with Brown University and Yale University staff members for comparison to Duke. Our work resulted in (1) a generic roadmap for universities seeking to develop their own sustainability plan and (2) a list of recommendations to improve upon Duke’s  already   successful model.

Departments/Organizations: 
Sustainable Duke
Campus Sustainability Committee
Additional Information/Links:
Instructor: 
Emily Klein
Project Team: 
James Hildenbrand
Kelly Jones
Nicholas Willie
Keyword(s): 
climate action plan
Campus Sustainability Committee