Get Involved

Every member of the Duke community can play a role in the Climate Commitment. Check out the menu of options below for just a few of the ways you can get involved.

Students

  • Immerse yourself in a climate course. Climate- and sustainability-related courses can be found all across campus. There are many courses available to build your knowledge and become climate- and sustainability-fluent. Learn more from the Spring 2023 Climate & Sustainability Course List. If you’re not sure where to start, UNIV 102: Let’s Talk About Climate Change is a great introduction to all things climate!
  • Major or minor in climate-related topics, or earn a certificate. Check out the full listing of climate- and sustainability-related undergraduate majors, minors, and certificates, or specialize in climate and sustainability topics through a variety of graduate programs.
  • Join a climate-related student club. Climate and sustainability student groups abound on Duke’s campus. Check out Duke Groups for the complete listing of all student groups and find the climate and sustainability student group that is right for you.
  • Tackle a Campus as Lab project. Sustainable Duke’s Campus as Lab program gives students the opportunity to put their classroom learning into practice, using the Duke campus as a living laboratory. Check out the Campus as Lab project database for a list of past, future and ongoing projects.
  • Attend Energy Week. Energy Week at Duke brings students, faculty and industry professionals together for a week of energy events to promote collaboration, knowledge-sharing, and professional networking. Mark your calendars and make plans to attend.
  • Scope out climate and sustainability internships and careers. Check out the Science and Sustainability Community on the Duke Career Hub and begin planning your next career move in a climate- and sustainability-related field.
  • Green your dorm. Get your Green Dorm Room Certification through Sustainable Duke (first-year students only).

Faculty & Staff

  • Build your climate and sustainability fluency, and infuse it into your course curriculum. The North Carolina Environmental Education Certification Program provides educators at all levels with the opportunity to build their knowledge of environmental issues and put their knowledge into practice in the classroom and beyond.
  • Get Green Certified by Sustainable Duke. Reduce the environmental impact of your courses, classrooms, labs, workspaces, and events by following Sustainable Duke’s checklists for Green Certification.
  • Apply for Duke Climate Commitment grants. The Duke Climate Commitment has offered seed funding to Duke faculty and staff investigating climate change through the University-Wide Collaboration Grants on Climate Change and transdisciplinary Data Expeditions grants. We expect to offer additional seed funding opportunities in the coming years. Please check back periodically for further funding announcements.

Alumni

  • Watch the Duke Forever Learning Institute’s webinar series. The Duke Forever Learning Institute provides lifelong learning opportunities for alumni. Catch the playbacks of Spring 2022’s seminar series, including sessions on sustainable materials and water, and stay tuned for future climate-related webinar topics.
  • Take a Coursera for Duke course. Duke alumni have free access to Coursera for Duke courses. Check out courses on environmental and climate-related topics, such as renewable energy or conservation.

Beyond Campus

  • Take part in a Climate Fresk workshop. The Climate Fresk is a collaborative workshop that teaches participants about climate change. If you want to better understand the scientific basis for climate change, the Fresk is a great place to start.
  • Follow Duke social media for Climate Commitment updates. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, LinkedIn, and TikTok to find out more about the Climate Commitment’s work as new updates become available.