ENV245: The Theory and Practice of Sustainability

Theories and practices of sustainability explored with application to the campus environment, including economic, social and environmental factors, and a local to global reach.  The Duke campus is used as a case study to illustrate institutional practices including building design and operations, utility supply and consumption, carbon offsets design and calculation, transportation, water, sustainability education and communication, behavior change, waste production and recycling, and procurement. In a service-learning project, students might perform sustainability inventories and cost/benefit analyses, or gather behavior change data.

Undergraduate Sustainability Engagement Certificate Capstone

The Certificate in Sustainability Engagement provides students with the unique opportunity to become competent leaders in a world that has long moved past unlimited resources, a safe climate, stable populations, and continued growth. Our world faces grave threats and unprecedented opportunities. Effectively responding to the former, and creatively embracing the latter, requires leaders well versed in the wide-ranging nature of sustainability. The Sustainability Engagement Certificate Program will provide the foundation for this core competency.

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ENV658: Applied Qualitative Research Methods

Broadly covers qualitative and mixed methods research design, analysis, and interpretation. Students gather their own data and produce a research project throughout the semester. NVivo 12, a qualitative data analysis software, is integrated into the course.

ENV590: Is It Working: Environmental Program Evaluation

Program evaluation is an essential skill among environmental managers, educators, and decision-makers. Programs need to be systemically evaluated to ensure that outcomes are achievable, and that continuous learning leads to improvements in selection and achievement of these outcomes. Additionally, program evaluation must be culturally responsive and equitable. In this course, students gain competency in evaluation as individuals, learn how to infuse evaluation at a programmatic level, and consider how to conduct evaluations collectively. Throughout the semester, students work in small teams with local organizations to create an evaluation plan for a part of their programming.