Jay Golden

Jay Golden, Faculty Director

Dr. Jay Golden is Associate Professor of the Practice for Sustainable Systems Analysis in the Division of Earth and Ocean Sciences at the Nicholas School of the Environment and the Pratt School of Engineering. He previously served as Associate Vice Provost for Research and Corporate Development at Duke University.

Dr. Golden is the Director of the Duke Center for Sustainability & Commerce where he leads efforts to deliver impactful research on the important nexus of sustainability and the private sector.  Building upon the world-class faculty and resources at Duke, the Center serves as a catalyst of creating a new generation of sustainability knowledge and solutions in service to society around the world.

His research covers both industrial and urban sustainable systems with a focus on production-consumption systems using input-output and process life cycle modeling techniques. Current areas of focus include risks and resiliency resulting from increased industrialization of terrestrial-based biological feedstocks under the umbrella of increased environmental performance. Dr. Golden is Co-PI on a Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation project to develop supercritical thermal oxidization technologies to address sanitation in developing countries and economic enterprises. He is also part of a National Science Foundation Partnerships for International Research and Education (PIRE) where he is focusing on the nexus of commerce and water primarily in the Southern African Region with partners from the University of KwaZulu-Natal.  Dr. Golden is widely published in the field of Urban Sustainability where he researches interactions of engineered infrastructure with climate and energy systems.

He received his PhD in Engineering from the University of Cambridge, and Masters Degree in Environmental Engineering and Sustainable Development from a joint program of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the University of Cambridge. He also holds a Professional Mastery of Project Management from Stanford University and has a bachelor’s degree in management. Prior to coming to Duke, Dr. Golden was an honors faculty member in the School of Sustainability at Arizona State University with  secondary appointments in the Department of Supply Chain at the W.P. Carey School of Business and Civil & Environmental Engineering.

Dr. Golden co-founded and co-directed the Sustainability Consortium as well as the National Center of Excellence on SMART Innovations, which focused on engineering innovations for sustainable materials and renewable technologies.

He was appointed to the UN Life Cycle Management Task Force and was named an AT&T Industrial Ecology Fellow.  Golden has testified before Congress on energy and climate issues, served on the Advisory Council to the Pew Center on Corporate Energy Efficiency, World Economic Forum, American Council on Renewable Energy Higher Education Committee, the Board on the Urban Environment for the American Meteorological Society and serves on multiple sustainable engineering and technology journal editorial boards.

In 2009 Golden was awarded the Faculty Pioneer Award by the Aspen Institute for his leadership in the field of Sustainability Education & Research and was named by Ethisphere as one of the worlds most 100 influential people in business ethics.

Dr. Golden can be reached at:

Jay [dot] Golden @ Duke [dot]edu
Gross Hall of Interdisciplinary Innovation
140 Science Drive – Room 102M
Duke University
Durham, NC 27708-90467
+1 (919) 613-3646


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