President Vincent E. Price
The Commitment began as a call to action by Duke University President Vincent E. Price and (Former) Provost Sally Kornbluth to mobilize the resources of the entire university to combat the growing climate crisis. In September 2020, President Price charged the Board of Trustees’ Strategic Task Force on Climate Change and Sustainability to determine how Duke could leverage its missions — education, research, operations, community partnerships, and external engagement — to effect positive, lasting impact toward a sustainable future.
Groups including more than 50 faculty and staff worked to identify the Duke’s comparative research strengths. This work provided the Duke Climate Commitment’s leadership with a path forward and a set of focal areas where we can create distinctive, impactful climate solutions.
Three leaders from across campus primarily oversee the work of the Duke Climate Commitment:
Toddi Steelman, Ph.D.
Vice President and Vice Provost for Climate and Sustainability
Brian Murray, Ph.D.
Interim Director of the Nicholas Institute for Energy, Environment, and Sustainability
Executive Director of Climate and Sustainability, Sustainable Duke
The Climate Advisory Council, comprised of Institution-level leadership, provides feedback and direction. The Climate Action Team, comprised of members based on needs and projects being enacted, implements the vision of the Duke Climate Commitment.
The Climate Commitment is growing and evolving, and as it does, we want to hear from you. Please fill out the form below and someone from the Climate Commitment will be in touch.