The Sustainability and Climate Applied Learning (SCALe) program connects staff and faculty to passionate student leaders with the goal of fostering progress on tangible, applied research projects that support Duke departments in meeting their climate and sustainability goals.

Duke employees (staff and faculty) are invited to propose an existing need to the Campus Needs List.

Collaborating with Duke students on important climate and sustainability endeavors across campus offers increased bandwidth and new ideas for this collective effort.

OVERVIEW OF CURRENT CAMPUS NEEDS

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FAQs

Duke employees (staff and faculty) are invited to propose an existing need to the Campus Needs List.

You or someone on your team should be the primary contact and liaison for this project idea, meaning the project is directly tied to your work at Duke. If a student is matched to the research project, they will investigate the identified need and communicate findings to you once finished.

Please consider potential applied research projects related to the sustainability and climate needs that exist on campus and in alignment with your area of work.

Use the Needs Proposal Form to propose your idea.

Please keep in mind the following as you propose your needs:

  • One idea per form submission: If you have multiple project ideas, please submit them separately.

  • Project scope: Applied research projects proposed through this form should have a defined scope appropriate for a Duke undergraduate or graduate student to lead and complete within a semester. The "research" you propose does not have to be publishable; for instance, it can be used internally to inform decision making or program development at Duke. 

  • Expectations: You or someone on your team should be the primary contact for this project idea. If a student is matched to the research project, they will investigate the identified need and communicate findings to you once finished. You will not be required to mentor the student(s) on a regular basis, but at minimum it will be helpful to meet with them at least once to clarify your needs and set them up for success. A Sustainable Duke staff person will guide you if a student is matched. 

  • Project criteria: Consider what research projects could build upon past and current efforts in your department or offer support on new climate/sustainability opportunities. Your defined need should have clear expectations for deliverables/outputs for the student(s) who may become involved. 

  • Next steps: After form submission, a staff member will schedule a short meeting to discuss your idea and determine how students could best support you with your identified need.

Through course projects, independent studies, student organization activities and other SCALe program pathways, students and faculty may be matched to support your need by investigating solutions that seek information, data, or other insights to inform your future decision making or program development, etc.

From developing new engagement programs to making suggestions that support the evolution of operations, students have always played an integral role in advancing Duke's sustainability progress.

For example, the Duke Campus Farm initiated from a student project; the Duke Dining reusable container program has been advised by student leaders; and the Duke Forest's citizen science program was nurtured by student collaboration.