Sustainability

Duke University seeks to attain and maintain a place of leadership in all that we do. This includes leadership in environmental stewardship and sustainability on our campus, in our medical institutions, and in the larger community of which we are a part.

Tavey McDaniel Capps

Tavey McDaniel Capps,  Sustainability Director

Tavey McDaniel Capps became the Sustainability Director in 2008 after serving previously as Outreach & Communications Coordinator. She spearheads the Sustainable Duke program and works to:

  • Assist in defining sustainability goals, strategies and performance metrics for long range campus planning

  • Encourage and facilitate sustainability projects on campus initiated by students, faculty and staff

  • Serve as the clearinghouse for sustainability programs at Duke – providing information and resources to campus community and beyond

  • Ensure that Duke meets its goal of examining the actual and potential environmental impacts associated with campus activities and services in order to continually improve environmental performance

Mrs. Capps has fifteen years of experience in the environmental field with twelve of those years focused on leading sustainability efforts in higher education. Prior to joining Duke’s sustainability program in 2006, she worked for NC State University and UNC-Greensboro on their sustainability and waste reduction efforts. She graduated from UNC Chapel Hill in 1999 with a BA in Environmental Policy.