The Duke Climate Commitment, which will be announced on Sept. 29, is centering its efforts around four areas of focus:
Duke’s technology and policy expertise continue to develop clean technology, energy efficiency, decarbonized electric power and the expansion of the electrification of the energy we use to reduce emissions and mitigate climate risk. Recently Energy Transformation has been prominent in many studies, such as how solar panels can help save water as well as generate electricity.
Collaborative partnerships with the Duke Office of Durham and Community Affairs align with decades of ongoing research at the Duke Forest, Duke Marine Lab, Duke Wetlands Center, Duke Lemur Center, Duke Campus Farm and others, to support our local, regional and global habitats and communities. Duke biologists have been working to create disease resilient crops without compromising yield.
Duke draws from the region’s deep history in the environmental justice movement to build on existing partnerships from across and beyond the university, and address the need for more equitable distribution of the opportunities and burdens in the university’s climate efforts. Alabama activist Catherine Coleman Flowers, a winner of the prestigious MacArthur Fellowship for her work addressing environmental justice in marginalized communities, has worked with Duke students on projects for several years. She serves this year as a practioner-in-residence.
Each of these efforts advance every part of the university's mission and support the university's strategic framework’s planks to empower bold thinking, create purposeful partnerships and transform teaching and learning.