Life Cycle Assessment at the Center

Duke graduates students who are working towards the two-year Certificate in Sustainable Systems Analysis at the Nicholas School of the Environment are actively exploring how Process Life Cycle Assessment Modeling can be used for consumer products. Interdisciplinary teams are provided funding to purchase products from major retailers.  During their first-year the graduate teams take LCA and Sustainable Systems classes.

Water & Sanitation in Africa

According to the World Health Organization, “2.4 billion people do not have access to any type of improved sanitation facility. About 2 million people die every year due to diarrheal diseases; most of them are children less than 5 years of age.” The United Nation’s Millennium Development Goals Report from 2012 states that “sanitation coverage increased from 36 per cent in 1990 to 56 per cent in 2010 in the developing regions as a whole.

Corporate Sustainability Trends

By Ellie Peters

DURHAM, N.C. --Jay Golden recently spoke to a group of Nicholas School alumni about the future of corporate sustainability.

Golden Chairs National Academy Summit on Manufacturing for the Grand Challenges Summit

Jay Golden, director of the Duke Center for Sustainability & Commerce, chaired a Summit on the National Academy of Engineering Grand Challenges with a focus on Manufacturing. Speakers included W. James McNerney, CEO of the Boeing Company; David Bozeman, Sr. Vice President of Caterpillar; Dr Dan Mote, Jr., President of the National Academy of Engineering; Dr. Frank Gayle, Deputy Director of the Advanced Manufacturing National Program; Dr. James Goodnight, CEO of SAS; Governor John Engler; Governor Pat McCrory and many other national thought leaders.

Expert Available to Comment on Release of Higg Index

The Sustainable Apparel Coalition, for which the Duke Center for Sustainability & Commerce is a member, released a protype of the Higg Index Thursday.

Dialogue with the Director

Center Fellows Go To Vietnam to Research Apparel Sector

I am pleased to have two guest bloggers post today.  Duke graduate students Britsy Neale and Tatyana Brown who are Fellows of the Center were funded to travel to Vietnam to research the global apparel sector and represent the Center at the global meeting of the Sustainable Apparel Coalition. 

Innovations

Water & Manufacturing

Many times organizations focus on new and emerging technologies as solutions to reduce both water and energy consumption in their own and their supplier manufacturing facilities.  At the Duke Center for Sustainability & Commerce our researchers and students also continually explore ways to create technological innovations.

Quick Facts

Rare Earth Metals

You may not realize it, but the average American has become highly dependent on Rare Earth Metals for many aspects of their daily life.  However, the future availability of these metals may be at risk due to a variety of factors including consumption rates of an increasing global middle class as well as geopolitics.