ACUPCC Reporting System

Implementation Profile for Duke University

Submitted on November 14, 2007; last updated on July 13, 2009

Institution Information

Basic Carnegie Classification RU/VH: Research Universities (very high research activity)
Control Private not-for-profit
Location Durham, NC
Community Setting Mid-size city
USDOE Climate Zone Not applicable
Current President or Chancellor's Name Richard Brodhead
Current President or Chancellor's Title President
Main Website
Sustainability Website

Implementation Structure

Implementation Liaison's Name Tavey Capps
Implementation Liaison's Title Environmental Sustainability Coordinator
Implementation Liaison's Department No information provided
Format of Structure Committee
Number of Individuals in Structure 21+
Stakeholder Groups Represented Faculty, Students, Staff
Description As Duke’s GHG footprint is a product of university operations and individual behaviors of the campus community, a broad campus-wide effort has been engaged to develop the plan to reduce this impact. President Brodhead has charged stakeholders representing the larger campus community as well as the key departments that would be most significantly impacted by our GHG reduction strategy, to form a campus sustainability committee to address this issue. The committee is co-chaired by the Executive Vice President and the Dean of the Nicholas School of the Environment.

Tangible Actions

1. Establish a policy that all new campus construction will be built to at least the U.S. Green Building Council's LEED Silver standard or equivalent.

Yes: Duke adopted a LEED building policy in 2003 that all new construction and renovation on campus will be LEED certified with a goal of silver certification. Duke currently has 18 buildings that are certified or seeking certification.

2. Adopt an energy-efficient appliance purchasing policy requiring purchase of ENERGY STAR certified products in all areas for which such ratings exist.

Yes: Duke adopted a ENERGY STAR policy in 2005.

3. Establish a policy of offsetting all greenhouse gas emissions generated by air travel paid for by our institution.

No: No information provided.

4. Encourage use of and provide access to public transportation for all faculty, staff, students and visitors at our institution.

Yes: Duke operates a fare-free campus transit system with over ten bus routes to connect Duke’s East, West, Central and Medical campuses with each other and the surrounding community.

5. Within one year of signing this document, begin purchasing or producing at least 15% of our institution's electricity consumption from renewable sources.

No: No information provided.

6. Establish a policy or a committee that supports climate and sustainability shareholder proposals at companies where our institution's endowment is invested.

No: No information provided.

7. Participate in the Waste Minimization component of the national RecycleMania competition, and adopt 3 or more associated measures to reduce waste.

Yes: Duke participates in the Waste Minimization portion of RecyleMania. Three other components in place on campus include a broad campus recycling program, a campus surplus program that donates materials to local charities and nonprofits and a requirement that all campus dining establishments recycle and compost waste.