SCALe Pathways for Students 

Want to contribute to local sustainability and climate change efforts but uncertain where to start? We're here to guide you.

The Sustainability and Climate Applied Learning (SCALe) program aims to champion Duke students as leaders in addressing real-world climate and sustainability challenges and opportunities by offering hands-on learning experiences in and out of the classroom. 

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Four students kneel in a shaded parking lot around a box of potatoes and sort them into bags for a food drive.

Request mini grant funding for a solutions-focused project that complements the Duke Climate Commitment goals. 

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Two students engineer a prototype contraption.

Inquire about ‘adopting a project’ from the Campus Needs List

These projects have a predefined scope and question of interest identified by a campus partner.

If you are matched to a project, you’ll grow your professional strengths and support a Duke entity according to their real-world sustainability or climate needs.

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Approach your class assignments, thesis, dissertation, capstone or independent study with a campus-specific sustainability or climate lens.

Open-ended course projects often allow you to choose your topic, so consider linking your coursework to real-world sustainability or climate needs on campus.

Browse the SCALe Project Library for more ideas or to build on previously established projects. Your findings can influence Duke's decision-making and drive sustainability and climate-conscious advancements.

Email us to let us know what you are working on and to inquire if your course project is eligible to be featured in the SCALe Project Library.

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Three people plant a tree near the road as a Duke bus drives by in the distance.

Green Devils are Sustainable Duke’s paid intern team.

The Green Devil internship program offers Duke students the opportunity to gain hands-on experience, build professional skills, and make tangible impacts on campus and in the broader community.

Project-based positions allow students to engage in real-world problem solving across a diverse range of sustainability topics, which evolve annually based on shifting needs and opportunities. 

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Recognize an individual for their contributions to Duke's sustainability and climate goals by nominating them for the SCALe Spotlight!

SCALe Spotlight stories celebrate Duke students, staff, faculty and community partners who demonstrate a commitment to sustainability and climate education through applied teaching, learning and action.