Welcome to the culmination of my journey through the Sustainability Engagement Certificate at Duke University!

This program consists of a gateway course, two electives, a 150-hour experience, a 300-hour experience, and a capstone seminar. This ePortfolio guides you through the classes and experiences that taught me the foundations of sustainability and centralized around the theme of community-based environmental management.

Learn more about the certificate program here.


 “the possibility that humans and other life will flourish on the earth forever”  from Sustainability by Design (2009) by John R. Ehrenfeld

“the needs of the present [are met] without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs” from Our Common Future (1987) by Brundtland Commission

Community-Based Environmental Management (CBEM):

“involves communities becoming empowered to manage their own environment in ways that are economically viable, socially just and environmentally sustainable” from CCBEM Website (Nicholas School, Duke University)

About Me

In Spring 2020, I am graduating with a B.S. in Environmental Sciences, a minor in Biology, and a Certificate in Sustainability Engagement. I have a passion for the outdoors and the awe-inspiring nature around us. At Duke, I’ve built a scientific foundation integrated with social science and policy to engage with conservation biology, ecology, and sustainability challenges. I am especially interested in community-based environmental management solutions as an effective course for action during this era of climate change.

Exploring the Wang Chu watershed during my study abroad in Bhutan

Hailing from Hendersonville, North Carolina, I have a love for the mountains and the critters within the hills. I enjoy rock climbing, hiking, and cycling. I am also an avid gardener and reader. I enjoy learning new skills and exploring the world. Thank you for checking out my ePortfolio!  Feel free to contact me at andrea.kolarova@duke.edu.