Delta Air Lines and Duke University’s Urban Forestry Partnership

 Durham, NC 27704
1,000 TREES / 5,000 CREDITS
Public School Property The project takes place on public school property. Environmental Justice The project supports environmental justice. Heat Island The project is designed to address urban heat island effects. Volunteer Support Volunteer opportunities are available for this project.

Delta Air Lines, the official airline of Duke Athletics, and Duke University are expanding their partnership with a first-of-its-kind sustainability program.

Delta and Duke’s combined purchase of 5,000 carbon credits, simultaneously offsets carbon from all Duke University business travel on Delta in 2017, while supporting urban forestry in the Raleigh-Durham area through funding the planting and care of 1,000 new trees.

Project Owner

Delta was the first U.S. airline to offer carbon offsets to customers and is the only airline to cap greenhouse gas emissions at 2012 levels by purchasing carbon offsets – more than 2.5 million in 2017 alone, and more than $8 million-worth since it started the voluntary effort. This new program builds on the global airline’s efforts to continue the carbon-neutral growth it has maintained since 2012 and builds on its industry-leading program that encourages customers to use the carbon calculator at to estimate their carbon emissions associated with trips and invest in carbon offset projects of their choice.


Approximately half of the trees being planted will benefit historically disadvantaged Raleigh-Durham neighborhoods identified through a 2016 Duke Nicholas School of the Environment student-led report outlining the red-lining policies of the 1930s that resulted in trees being planted in mostly wealthy white neighborhoods.

Adding trees to urban areas not only means more shade coverage and wildlife habitat, but also improve air quality, noise levels, and storm-water control. Cities and their nonprofit partners often struggle to properly fund urban forestry initiatives. This first-of-its-kind carbon offsets program directly addresses that funding gap, helping to ensure every new urban tree can be cared for while it grows, and providing local volunteering opportunities for Duke University faculty, students, and staff, as well as Delta employees.

Planting Site

The trees in this project will be distributed throughout these neighborhoods in Durham, NC.

Burch Avenue, Old East Durham, Guthrie Avenue, Trinity Park, Hillsborough Road, East Club, Banner to Dominion, Tuscaloosa/Lakewood, Northbrook, Old North Durham, Cleveland Holloway, Walltown, Corcoran Parking Lot, DPS - Durham School of the Arts, Northgate Park Neighborhood, Duke Park/Green Street, Old West Durham, Durham Central Park, Southside/St Theresa, and NC School of Science and Math.

More about this project...

Please visit Delta Air Lines' Press Release.

  • November 2017
    Project created

    Delta Air Lines & Duke University created the Delta Air Lines and Duke University’s Urban Forestry Partnership project.

  • December 2017
    Planting location found

    Keep Durham Beautiful & The City of Durham identified planting sites.

  • December 2017
    Site prepared for planting

    Keep Durham Beautiful & The City of Durham have begun prepping the 24 planting sites.

  • December 2017
    Planting event

    Planting has begun.

  • December 2017
    Project registered

    Carbon credits are ready to accept supporters.

  • December 2017
    New Supporter

    Delta Air Lines has supported this project.

  • December 2017
    New Supporter

    Duke University has supported this project.

  • December 2017
    Fully Funded

    Delta Air Lines and Duke University’s Urban Forestry Partnership project is fully funded.

  • Winter 2017
    1st inventory

    The first inventory event will be completed after all the trees have been planted.

  • 2nd inventory completed

    The second inventory date is 12 months after the planting date.

  • 1st peer verification started

    Peer Validation will occur 12 months after the planting date

  • Submitted and Finalized

    The review will then be submitted.

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