2023 State of the Duke Climate Commitment

One year into this initiative, we report on the programming, events and funding opportunities that have furthered Duke’s actions toward a resilient, flourishing, carbon-neutral world.
In the year since the Climate Commitment’s launch, and following $36 million in inaugural gifts, work across all parts of campus has helped Duke leverage its proven expertise across five pillars to ensure our work has local, global and regional impact.

The Duke Climate Commitment is a university-wide, impact-oriented initiative to address the climate crisis by creating sustainable and equitable solutions that place society on the path toward a resilient, flourishing, carbon-neutral world. Through education, research, external engagement and campus operations, the Duke Climate Commitment seeks to imagine, design and implement a sustainable future for all.

Climate and Sustainability Teaching Fellows Program Announces 2024-25 Request for Proposals

To grow Duke’s environmental education and sustainability leadership, the Climate and Sustainability Teaching (CAST) Fellows Program is returning for a second year. Building on the work of the 2010-2019 Duke Trillium Sustainability Fellows Program, the CAST Fellowship provides support and a peer learning community dedicated to increasing the prevalence and quality of climate and sustainability concepts in academic courses across all departments. Applications are due by Jan. 29, 2024.

Norman Wirzba Named Director of Research for Climate and Sustainability

Norman Wirzba, a Duke scholar of divinity and ethics, has been named the director of research for the office of climate and sustainability, effective Jan. 1, 2024. Wirzba, who joined Duke in 2008, is the Gilbert T. Rowe Distinguished Professor of Christian Theology and a senior fellow at the Kenan Institute for Ethics.

Climate Research Innovation Seed Program Announces 2024 Request for Proposals

Returning for a second year and open to all Duke faculty and research staff, the Nicholas Institute for Energy, Environment & Sustainability is now accepting proposals for the 2024 round of Climate Research Innovation Seed Program (CRISP) grants. Applications are due by Feb. 26, 2024.

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