December 2016

December 2016 Alumni E-Newsletter




The Nicholas School of Environment hosts their 25th Anniversary Gala at the Washington Duke Inn.

Nicholas Community Celebrates at 25th Anniversary Gala

On Thursday evening, November 17th, over 250 members of the Nicholas School community came together at the Washington Duke Inn to celebrate our 25th anniversary of the Nicholas School of the Environment. Alumni, donors, faculty, staff, students and friends raised a glass to the many achievements we can be proud of over the school’s first quarter-century, and turned our collective vision forward as we continue to lead environmental education, research and practice over the next 25 years. Click here to learn more >>



Post-Election and the Environment

On Wednesday, November 9th, the Nicholas School came together in the wake of the surprising election results to support each other and reaffirm our commitment to diversity and inclusion. Click here to learn more >>


shannonswitzerMEM Alum Named One of National Geographic’s 10 Adventurers of the Year

Shannon Switzer Swanson, a 2015 Master of Environmental Management (MEM) graduate of Duke University’s Nicholas School of the Environment, has been selected as one of National Geographic’s 10 Adventurers of the Year. Click here to learn more >>




eliza-dAlum Returns to Campus to Network with Students at Duke Energy Week

Nicholas School Alumni Council member Eliza Davis MEM ’12, new energy solutions category manager in global procurement at National Grid, returned to campus a few weeks ago to meet with students and discuss National Grid employment opportunities during Duke Energy Week. Davis’s generous sharing of her time and expertise is a great example of how Nicholas alumni can make a difference in the lives of today’s students. Click here to learn more >>




Students Form Diversity & Inclusive Community for the Environment (DICE) Group

Diversity and Inclusive Community of the Environment (DICE) was started this year by Nicholas students to foster a welcoming community so that members of underreepresented groups will feel that they belong here. Click here to learn more >>



cbellUndergrad Start-Up Creates a Market for ‘Ugly Produce’

Duke undergrad environmental science major Courtney Bell and fellow senior Anya K. Ranganathan used a $5,000 summer grant from our Environmental Innovation & Entrepreneurship program to test the potential to sell fruits and vegetables that don’t measure up to aesthetic standards to reduce economic and environmental impacts and food insecurity. Click here to learn more >>

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