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At Duke, we see the environment as the natural spaces, buildings, and sense of place found within the campus and health system. The culture of Duke is the atmosphere, customs, patterns and quality of life found within the campus and health system as it pertains to all members of our community. The environmentis the structure that the culture takes place within.

Tom Szigethy, MA, Associate Dean, Student Affairs
Tavey Capps, BA, Director, Sustainable Duke

Examples of Programs, Resources, and Activities

  • Green Workplace Certification
  • Alternative commuting benefits
  • Haven (assault awareness & prevention)
  • Alcohol education (substance abuse prevention)
  • Sustainable building design guidelines
  • Risk management planning
  • Promoting a wellness community and mitigating risk


Sarah P. Duke Gardens
Creates and nurtures an environment in the heart of Duke University for learning, inspiration and enjoyment through excellence in horticulture

Sustainability Pledge
Sign the pledge below and be a part of Duke’s vision for a sustainable future

Duke Carbon Calculator
Estimate individual impact on the campus GHG emissions

Duke Carbon Offsets Initiative
Created to help Duke University meet its 2024 climate neutrality commitment through the development of carbon offset projects

Alternate Transportation
With thousands of visitors, 36,000 employees and nearly 15,000 students, Duke encourages staff, faculty and students who commute to campus to explore alternative transportation option

Green Certification
Earn a sustainability certification for your Workplace, Lab, Classroom, Dorm Room, or Event

Smoking Cessation Consultation (students)
DuWell offers students the opportunity to meet individually with a staff member to explore options for reducing or quitting their tobacco use

Tobacco Cessation Programs (faculty & staff)
12-month coaching program that involves an initial consultation to develop a quit plan, then follow-up calls at one, three and six months and one year

Flu Shots
Duke students, staff, faculty and dependents covered under an employee’s Duke health plan can receive free seasonal flu vaccine shots

Helps students focus on their individual Wellness by looking at the integration of many areas of their life, including financial, social, spiritual, intellectual, mind-body, and environmental; provides individual services, group outreach and act as consultants, as well as a hub of information, on wellness

Duke Performances
Duke Performances is committed to presenting willfully eclectic, forward-thinking performing arts of the highest quality. Through superb performances, outstanding visiting artist residencies, and the development and commissioning of exciting new work, Duke Performances is forging a culture that vigorously supports performance and encourages meaningful engagement with the Duke campus and Durham community.

Nasher Museum of Art
Organizes and presents leading-edge exhibitions that travel to institutions worldwide

Duke Chapel
Through its tradition of inspiring worship and music, and a calling to walk with people of all faiths and circumstances, Duke Chapel stands as a beacon of hope on campus and in the community that bridges faith and learning