Sustainability Strategic Plan: 2019 Progress Report

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Sustainability Strategic Plan: 2019 Progress Report

During the last decade at Duke University, numerous campus stakeholders have worked to expand and integrate sustainability efforts into the culture of this institution. Duke has become a leader in the nation with an ambitious carbon neutrality goal, development of the Duke Carbon Offsets Initiative (DCOI) and expansion of the Climate Action Plan to a broad Sustainability Strategic Plan that addresses sustainability holistically for the campus.

In 2019, the Duke University Board of Trustees and the Campus Sustainability Committee approved an update to the university's original Climate Action Plan. With the full focus of the Campus Sustainability Committee, feedback from over 350 Duke and Durham community members, and collaboration with Duke Facilities and Duke Parking and Transportation, the new plan aims to reduce on-campus emissions by 84% by 2024, with the remaining emissions reduced to zero through investment in carbon offsets.

As the University continues key efforts and embarks on the implementation of new energy, transportation, outreach and emission reduction strategies to meet the 2024 goal, it is increasingly important to integrate campus operational sustainability efforts with the educational mission of the university. This institution, with its focus on innovation, public service and global connections, is uniquely situated to be an example of climate leadership and instill this ethic in all students. If Duke University can harness its faculty expertise and student passion, while offering a concrete example of how a complex institution tackles climate neutrality, it can have far reaching effects on the surrounding community, the region and the world.

Emissions and Offsets

Emissions and Offsets

Solar Panels

Infrastructure

Campus Farm

Campus Operations

Education and Communication

Education and Communication

Looking Forward

Looking Forward