The DCOI builds educational tools and training programs to increase knowledge of carbon offsets within diverse scholastic and professional communities. Knowledge is critical to prompt action on climate change. Through our diverse approaches to offset education, we can reach students, faculty, and staff at Duke and often go beyond the academic community, to train sustainability champions.
The DCOI provides workshops for staff and employees, creates learning opportunities through fun, collaborative channels with our Offset Card Game, and offers consulting to professionals seeking to understand the complex decisions surrounding offset development and purchasing. The workshops and educational games offered by the DCOI fit into the office's overarching strategy to combine climate impact with educational co-benefits. Recognizing that sustainability issues do not stop beyond the campus boundaries, the DCOI aims to engrain sustainable, cost-saving behavioral changes within the Duke community both at home and in the office.
Lastly, the DCOI serves as a client and advisor to student projects, for both graduate and undergraduate students. Some of our recent classes and project include:
- Nicholas School of the Environment Master's Project, Winter 2019: Multi-Objective GIS Analysis for Avoided Conversion Carbon Credits and Biodiversity Conservation
- Nicholas School of the Environmente Master's Project, Spring 2020: Carbon Offsetting in Agroforestry Systems
- Bass Connections 2019-2020: Regenerative Grazing to Mitigate Climate Change
- ENV 245, Spring 2019 & 2020: Sustainability Theory and Practice
- Bass Connections 2016-2017: Animal Waste Management and Global Health
- Bass Connections 2014-2015: Distributed Solar Generation for Duke University Employees.