Marine Lab Carbon Offsets Feasibility Study


Fall 2018 - Fall 2018


Global climate change will significantly alter humanity's ability to inhabit planet Earth. Just this year, the United Nations' Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change reported that even if all carbon emissions stopped that active carbon sequestration would be needed to halt climate change (IPCC, 2018). A way to compensate for GHG emissions is carbon offsets. This project synthesizes the carbon offset feasibility for the Duke University Marine Lab (DUML). Any carbon offset recommendation should have associated co-benefits for the local community and act as a teaching tool for faculty and students.

Duke University has committed to achieving carbon neutrality by 2024. DUML plays a vital role in the success of this goal. While the DUML contributes less than 1% of the University's GHG emissions, it is a highly visible community with a strong environmental focus. The DUML can experiment with innovative offset projects that can be developed for other communities. 

Location: Duke University Marine Lab



Kevin Coward, Allen Qui, Yanbo Fang, Serena Rivera-Korver


Charlotte Clark, Tavey Capps


Duke University Marine Lab, Duke Carbon Offsets Initiative

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