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Submission Date Feb. 25, 2015
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Duke University
PA-1: Sustainability Coordination

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete Reporter Tavey Capps
Environmental Sustainability Director
Office of the Executive Vice President
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Does the institution have at least one sustainability committee, office, and/or officer that focuses on sustainability broadly and covers the entire institution?:

A brief description of the activities and substantive accomplishments of the committee(s), office(s), and/or officer(s) during the previous three years:

Duke is committed to a more sustainable university. Listed below are two substantive accomplishments of Sustainable Duke. Sustainable Duke continues to work diligently on expanding projects related to buildings, campus farm, dining, energy, land management, purchasing and transportation.

Duke is committed to expanding its green buildings on campus. In 2011, Duke's Campus Sustainability Committee (CSC) drafted a LEED™ Plus policy that includes:

A documented process for LEED™ scorecard development with energy efficiency approvals;
Energy targets by building tech rating;
Measurement, verification and reporting of energy consumption versus energy modeling; and
A requirement that all value engineering efforts focus on areas outside of energy savings and that any proposed value engineering items within this category shall be accompanied with a full life cycle cost analysis.

In addition, Duke is committed to sustainable agriculture. The Duke Campus Farm is a long-term project to construct a fully functional and educational farm. The farm aspires to engage students with food issues, increase sustainability at Duke, and influence campus culture to reconnect students with their food.In August 2011, the first full-time farm manager was hired, supported by Sustainable Duke and Duke Dining. An additional Farm Fellowship position was created in 2012. The farm continues to expand fruit and vegetable operations with each season.

Does the institution have at least one sustainability committee?:

The charter or mission statement of the committee(s) or a brief description of each committee's purview and activities:

The Duke University Campus Sustainability Committee (CSC), a standing committee appointed by the President, is responsible for making recommendations to guide campus sustainability policies, championing these sustainability initiatives and communicating them to each member's respective constituencies to foster a more sustainable campus community.

For 2014-2015, the CSC will continue to expand the current Climate Action Plan (CAP) to a broader Sustainability Strategic Plan (SSP), which will include targets and policies regarding other elements of sustainability such as water, recycling/waste reduction, food, supply-chain management and land use. The CSC will continue to monitor and report progress on emissions reductions and other CAP milestones, as well as take steps to engage the Duke community in these efforts.

2014-2015 Subcommittees
Energy & Water
Carbon Offsets
Natural Resources
Materials Management

Members of each committee, including affiliations and role (e.g. staff, student, or faculty):

2014-2015 CSC Membership
Faculty (12)
Alan Townsend, Dean of the Nicholas School of the Environment (Co-Chair)
Charlotte Clark, Nicholas School of the Environment
Mark Goodacre, Religion, Arts & Sciences
Jack Soll, Fuqua School of Business
William Pizer, Sanford School of Public Policy
Joel Meyer, Nicholas School of the Environment
Tom Taylor, Sanford School of Public Policy
Justin Wright, Biology
Claudia Gunsch, Civil and Environmental Engineering
Terry Yoshizumi, Radiology
Ryke Longest, Law, Duke Environmental Law and Policy Clinic
Tim Profeta, Director of Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions, Sanford

Administrators (12)
Tallman Trask, Executive Vice President (Co-chair)
Tavey Capps, Environmental Sustainability Director
John Noonan, Associate Vice President of Facilities
Robert Guerry, Director, Medical Center Engineering and Operations
Charles Adair, Program Manager, Duke Carbon Offsets Initiative
Joe Gonzalez, Acting Director of Residential Life and Housing Services
Anne Light, Special Assistant to the EVP
Casey Roe, Environmental Sustainability Outreach Coordinator
Mark Hough, Campus Landscape Architect
Albert Scott, Senior Director Housekeeping, Recycling, Sanitation and Grounds
Leanora Minai, Director of Communications, Office of Communication Services
Alison Carpenter, Transit Planner

Students (8)
Graham Turbayne, Environmental Alliance
Danielle Su, Environmental Alliance
Neil Matouka, Duke University Greening Initiative
Rebecca Siebenaler, Duke University Greening Initiative
Scott Winton, GPSC representative
Jared Hodes, GPSC representative
Jason Chen, DSG representative
Callie Roberts, DSG representative

The website URL where information about the sustainability committee(s) is available:
Does the institution have at least one sustainability office that includes more than 1 full-time equivalent (FTE) employee?:

A brief description of each sustainability office:

Duke University seeks to attain and maintain a place of leadership in all that we do. This includes leadership in environmental stewardship and sustainability on our campus, in our medical institutions, and in the larger community of which we are a part.

We are committed to examining the actual and potential environmental impacts associated with our activities and services in order to continually improve environmental performance.

Sustainable Duke, under the Office of the Executive Vice President, is charged with strategic planning to reduce Duke's overall environmental footprint, educating the campus community regarding institutional and individual impacts and developing programs to positively influence campus sustainability behaviors.

Full-time equivalent (FTE) of people employed in the sustainability office(s):

The website URL where information about the sustainability office(s) is available:
Does the institution have at least one sustainability officer?:

Name and title of each sustainability officer:
Tavey M. Capps

A brief description of each sustainability officer position:

Plan, direct and implement programs and activities that examine actual and potential environmental impacts associated with campus activities and services to ensure that Duke University maintains a place of leadership in environmental stewardship and sustainability.

The website URL where information about the sustainability officer(s) is available:
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