Duke University Greening Initiative (DUGI) – Fall 2002
DUGI played a catalytic leadership role in advocating and coordinating green building and other sustainability initiatives at Duke University. The University Administration, the Duke Student Government, and the School of the Environment endorsed the students’ initial plan and created a full-time staff position, “Sustainability Coordinator,” to advance initiatives. Students secured over $300,000 from the Executive Vice President for the creation of an Environmental Management System, and an additional $50,000 to administer a grant fund for campus environmental projects. DUGI also co-sponsored forums, conferences, and lectures to educate our community and led an energy task force to evaluate the University’s holistic energy use,
including the phase-out of Duke’s Coal Plant. DUGI has been recognized by The Duke Chronicle as having contributed to Duke University’s current commitment to green building, with over 22 LEED certified buildings built to date and more under construction.