News and Events

Stories and Updates


Guinea Bissau Avoided Conversion Project

The university has invested in the protection of carbon-trapping ocean mangroves – wetland shrubs and trees – along the coast of Guinea-Bissau, by supporting an “avoided deforestation” project implemented by the country’s Institute for Biodiversity and Protected Areas (IBAP) with local communities. 

Regenerative Grazing Website

The 2019-2020 Regenerative Grazing to Mitigate Climate Change class developed a website to help advance sustainable meat production in North Carolina. This project has been extended for the 2020-2021 academic year. Learn more about the project and access resources here
Cows in pasture

Oaxaca Purchase

DCOI partnered with Dr. Shapiro-Garza of the Nicholas School of the Environment to purchase carbon offsets from Integrator of Indigenous and Campesino Communities of Oaxaca (ICICO), a community-based forestry non-profit in Oaxaca, Mexico. Read more about this project here

Oaxaca producers

Delta Project

In 2017, Duke partnered with Delta Airlines to fund the purchase of carbon offsets and plant trees in the Raleigh-Durham area. These offsets made all Duke flights on Delta carbon neutral for that year and the trees brought additional ecosystem services to the area. Learn more. 

Tree planting from ground level

Ways to Connect

Urban Forestry Webinar, July 9th 2020

The Offset Network, hosted by Second Nature, presents a new pathway for colleges and universities to develop carbon offset methodologies. Learn about this new pathway and DCOI's Urban Forestry Protocol, the first protocol to complete the technical review process. The webinar is available to view here.

Act as a Peer Verifier

DCOI is looking for a peer academic institution to verify our most recent urban forestry project in Durham, NC. Peer Verification can provide students with hands-on experiences in forestry and carbon offsets. We're happy to discuss logistics for any interested parties. Please contact us at

Michigan State University Peer Verifier Team

Attend our Home Energy Efficiency Workshop

We postponed our April Home Energy Efficiency Workshop but check back for an updated date and sign-up information. This workshop is open to Duke staff, faculty and students as well as the larger Durham community. 

Eileen Presenting at Duke Workshop