At the Duke Center for Sustainability & Commerce, we focus on sustainable infrastructure primarily in urban settings around the globe. Our research has been on the nexus of urban climate with energy, air quality, ecohydrology and human health. In addition, we have been active in the emerging issues of the industrialization of oceans. This includes both the harvesting of resources such as deep sea mining as well as the expansion of maritime shipping and its impacts at ports and coastal systems.
Our researchers are addressing how to sustainably develop infrastructure necessary to support commerce. Our work takes a more holistic approach that incorporates the interactions of the full value chain, which includes suppliers, customers, regulators, non-governmental agencies and strategic alliance partners. We are also examining how to effectively incorporate technological solutions with organizational strategies while maximizing gain and reducing unintended consequences.
Much of our research is currently focused on ensuring efficient delivery and utilization of resources to create the infrastructure that supports commerce. Center researchers are supporting our industry partners in the freight transportation sector to develop the technologies, strategies and tools to quantify and improve this sectors environmental footprint.
A large number of policies and regulations exist for infrastructure that are focused on safety and the environment. The Duke Center for Sustainability & Commerce is working to become the place to go for the latest on these, and other developing policies and regulations from government and industry led programs.
A new generation of standards are being developed that address sustainable products and infrastructure. The Duke Center for Sustainability & Commerce is working with global certification and standards organizations to track their progress on the development of these new standards.