Duke University is a non-profit, private university situated on nearly 9,000 acres in Durham, North Carolina. While the University is younger than most other prestigious U.S. research universities, Duke consistently ranks among the very best. Modern Duke can trace its path back to a significant turning point in 1887, when the school committed to a German model, emphasizing research over recitation, and focused on developing in an urban setting where it would be far easier to attract student, faculty, and financial support. Duke’s graduate and professional schools in business, divinity, engineering, the environment, law, medicine, nursing and public policy have benefited from this pathway and are among the leaders in their fields.
Duke University adopted its Climate Action Plan in 2009 with a carbon neutrality target date of 2024. This goal is to be achieved through a combination of reductions (reducing energy use and switching to lower carbon sources) and offsets (for scope 3 emissions). Duke's offset efforts are managed by the Duke Carbon Offsets Initiative.
Duke University focuses on innovative and practical solutions that matter to their students, alumni, faculty, and administrators as well as to their communities across North Carolina. Community-based carbon offsets are part of the solution Duke is seeking in their climate neutrality goals. Duke, through DCOI, has matched and invested in some of the nation's first community-based carbon offset projects following their Urban Forestry Protocol.