People

Director

Jay Golden

Jay S. Golden, PhD (Cantab), MPhil (Cantab), SCPM, BA

jay.golden "at" duke.edu  

J
ay Golden is the Director of the Center for Sustainability & Commerce at Duke University and Associate Professor of the Practice for Sustainable Systems Analysis in the Division of Earth and Ocean Sciences in the Nicholas School of the Environment and holds a secondary appointment in the Civil & Environmental Engineering at the Pratt School of Engineering. He is the faculty director for the graduate Certificate in Sustainable Systems at Duke University.  He previously served as Associate Vice Provost for Research and Corporate Development at Duke University.

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 on an NSF Partnerships for International Research and Education (PIRE) where he is focusing on the nexus of commerce and water primarly 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 and biometerology.

Dr. Golden received his Ph.D. in engineering from the University of Cambridge, and his master's 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 Certificate from Stanford University and has a bachelor's degree in management.  In 2009, Golden was presented the Faculty Pioneer Award by the Aspen Institute for his leadership in the field of sustainability education & research and named by Ethisphere as one of the 100 Most Influential People in Business Ethics.

He founded and co-Directed the Walmart led Sustainability Consortium.  Dr. Golden 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, serves 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. Prior to arriving at Duke, Golden was an assistant professor and honors faculty member at Arizona State University.

Assistant Director

Jesse Daystar, PhD, CHE, & PPE

 Dr. Jesse Daystar is the Assistant Director of Corporate Sustainability at the Duke Center for Sustainability and Commerce where he develops research and education programs at the nexus of sustainability and commerce. 

Drawing on skills in Life Cycle Assessment, sustainability strategy, chemical engineering, paper and pulp engineering, and supply chain logistics & strategy, Dr. Daystar develops sustainability solutions through pragmatic research and applied industrial solutions. 

Dr. Daystar has led research and consulting in aspects of product sustainability, biomaterials, biochemicals, and bioenergy focused on identifying environmental tradeoffs, environmental and technical risks, and environmental impacts.  This research and consulting has produced publications, sustainability and chemical engineering tools, and certifications for clients including the USDA, DOE, Eastman Chemical and Piedmont biofuels.

Beyond technical research and consulting, Dr. Daystar focuses on the development of educational and training programs in regards to sustainable practices. His teaching experience includes Life Cycle Assessment training and sustainable systems curriculum at both North Carolina State University and Duke University.   He has also taught LCA courses with the EPA to fortune 100 companies and other movement agencies.  His support and training of openLCA, a free and open source life cycles assessment software package, has demonstrated his commitment to developing and promoting sustainability solutions necessary for a rapidly increasing and globalized economy.

Dr. Daystar’s prior experience includes sustainable chemical process development and efficiency management program development with the National Council for Air and Stream Improvement, Mead WestVaco, Pesco-Beam Environmental Solutions, and Kemira Chemical.

Dr. Daystar holds B.S. degrees in Chemical Engineering, Paper & Pulp Engineering, and both a M.S. and a PhD in Forest Biomaterials from North Carolina State University. 

 

Faculty

John Albertson

John Albertson

Ph.D. University of Californa at Davis
W.H. Gardner Jr. Chair of Civil & Environmental Engineering
Pratt School of Engineering

Douglas Nowacek

Douglas Nowacek

Ph.D. Massachuestes Institute of Technology

Randolph K. Repass and Sally-Christine Rodgers University Associate Professor of Conservation Technology in the Nicholas School of the Environment and the Edmund T. Pratt, Jr. School of Engineering

Lee Ferguson

Lee Ferguson

Ph.D. State University of New York
Associate Professor of Civil & Environmental Engineering
Associate Professor of Environmental Science & Policy / Chemistry
Marc A. Deshusses

Marc A. Deshusses

Ph.D. Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Zurich
Professor of Civil & Environmental Engineering
Pratt School of Engineering

Dalia Patino Echeverri

Dalia Patino Echeverri

Ph.D. Carnegie Mellon University
Gendell Assistant Professor of Energy Systems & Public Policy
Nicholas School of the Environment

Dan Vermeer

Dan Vermeer

Ph.D. Northwestern University
Director-Center for Energy, Development & Global Environment
Fuqua School of Business

Deborah Gallagher

Deborah Gallagher

Ph.D. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Assistant Professor of the Practice of Resource & Environmental Policy
United Nations Global Compact Environmental Stewardship Resource

Gale Boyd

Gale Boyd

Ph.D. Southern Illinoise University
Director of the Triangle Research Data Center
Senior Research Scholar, Department of Economics

Tim Profeta

Tim Profeta

J.D. Duke University
Director, Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions
Associate Professor of the Practice Sanford School of Public Policy

Center Staff and Student Researchers

Elizabeth Bloomhardt-Doran

Elizabeth Bloomhardt-Doran

Ph.D. Candidate
Earth & Ocean Sciences

Brandon Morrison

Brandon Morrison

Ph.D Candidate
Earth &  Ocean Sciences

Britsy Neal

Britsy Neal

MEM/MBA Candidate

Tatyana Brown

Tatyana Brown

MEM & MBA Candidate

Xander Kent

Xander Kent

MEM & MBA Candidate

Michelle Tran

Michelle Tran

MEM Candidate

Sara Lindenfeld

Sara Lindenfeld

MEM Candidate

Duke Affiliates

Robert Handfield

Robert Handfield

Bank of America Distinguished Professor in Supply Chain
Director Supply Chain Resource Cooperative
North Carolina State University