The Duke University Greening Initiative (DUGI) is a graduate student organization which focuses on projects that further sustainability at Duke University.



The Duke University Greening Initiative aims to further sustainability within the Duke community by helping student-run organizations reduce their environmental impact as well as sponsoring green projects on campus. We fulfill our mission by providing sustainable supplies for campus events (see the Event Checklist Form) as well as serving as a facilitator and funding source for sustainability projects and ideas (see Sponsored Projects).



The educational exchange and technical innovation encouraged by the Initiative’s activities will empower the Nicholas School to lead in environmental sustainability. In doing so, the Initiative will advance the realization of the James B. Duke Indenture of Trust.

James B. Duke’s indenture of trust selects educational goals for Duke University that “can do the most to uplift mankind [and] will most help develop our resources, increase our wisdom and promote human happiness.  To these ends, the Mission of Duke University is to provide a superior liberal education to students, attending not only to their intellectual growth but also to their participation in their communities.” James B. Duke wanted Duke to stimulate all those associated with the University “to contribute in diverse ways to the local community, the state, the nation, and the world [while] maintaining a place of leadership in all that we do.”  The Duke University Greening Initiative’s mission and vision brings the James B. Duke trust to life in pursuit of these ideals.



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  1. Hi,

    We’re a non-profit marine conservation organisation based in Mozambique ( We’re currently recruiting volunteers for our 2016 programs and we were wondering if you would consider circulating an email to members of your society letting them know about the opportunities we have to offer.

    We’ve never had a student from Duke University volunteer with us and this is something we’d like to change! We’ve got a promo email we can send through and you can copy and paste if you’re cool with this. Let us know, it’d be really awesome to work with you guys!

    Looking forward to hearing from you,
    Kind regards,
    Francesca Trotman

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