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Campus Engagement
Grounds and Landscaping
Fall
2017

The Grainger Hall orchard was designed by a hired architect and was intended to serve as an edible orchard planted with native varieties of fig, plum, and pear trees. The space also provides a unique area for the Nicholas School community to gather and socialize. However, the orchard faces challenges due to unfavorable soil conditions and general maintenance issues.

Biodiversity
Campus Engagement
Public Engagement
Research
Fall
2017

Amphibians and reptiles, collectively known as herpetofauna, are increasingly important today considering their populations are key indicators of the effects of climate change on wildlife. By collecting data at identified sites over time, Duke Forest staff can learn more about the herpetofauna that currently exist and learn how to better manage the forest so that they thrive.

Campus Engagement
Food & Dining
Waste
Fall
2017

Universities are estimated to generate almost 540,000 million tons of food waste annually (Whitehair et al, 2013). Containers, edible food remains, recyclables, and landfill waste constitute post-consumer waste. The extreme amount of waste poses a significant obstacle for universities who seek to reduce their environmental impact.

Campus Engagement
Curriculum
Policy & Planning
Fall
2017

In 2015, Duke University invested $11.5 million into a large-scale sustainable stormwater management project on
Towerview Road: the Water Reclamation Pond. Not only was this project a financial investment--saving $400,000 for
the University per year--it was meant to be used as an educational resource for students. Unfortunately, students are

Air & Climate
Biodiversity
Campus Engagement
Grounds and Landscaping
Policy & Planning
Fall
2014

Duke University prides itself as being a “university in a forest”. But, Duke must also continue to advance its academic mission, provide space for the world-renowned hospital system, and a myr-iad of other things.