Sustainability Education at Duke University

Welcome to the Duke University Trillium Fellows Project! The Project is a faculty learning community dedicated to increasing the prevalence and quality of sustainability-related concepts in academic courses at Duke.

Each year we hold a campus workshop where “graduates” of prior Trillium Project workshops mentor other faculty to help them incorporate these concepts into their new or existing courses across all disciplines and departments.

  • Our last Trillium workshop was held¬†Monday, January 5, 2015. For more information about our program,¬†please view our workshop description or contact Eileen Thorsos:, 919-613-8207.

Our name comes from the Trillium plant, native to North Carolina and pictured above, which has three lobes in the leaf and the flower, representing the three dimensions considered to comprise sustainability: social equity, economy, and environment.

Above you will find links to

  • more information about the history of the project,
  • a list of the Trillium Fellows,
  • information and schedules from each year’s workshops,
  • syllabi/content ideas for integrating sustainability into university courses,
  • a page of recipes of sustainable food that’s been served at some of the workshops,
  • information on the 2011 research project, and
  • blogs from some of the Trillium Fellows.