Preserving Open Greenspace
Redeveloping Central Campus presents a unique opportunity to transform Duke's physical landscape during the next several decades. Central Campus should reflect the values of sustainability, environmental stewardship, the presence of green space and resource conservation. Central Campus will reflect environmental sensitivity by celebrating open space, preserving green space, being walkable, respecting natural topographical features, including the Sarah P. Duke Gardens, which will help define the character of the campus.
Preserving open greenspace on Central Campus reflects Duke's commitment and continued leadership in environmental stewardship and sustainability. In 2005 Duke signed an Environmental Policy which commits the university to leadership in three areas: environmental research and education, environmentally responsible operations, and environmental stewardship in the community. In July 2007, Duke University President Richard H. Brodhead signed the American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment, in which Duke pledged to eliminate the campus's greenhouse gas emissions over time.
Central Campus will reflect Duke's commitment to sustainability and environmental sensitivity. Duke has committed to only build on previously disturbed land with careful attention to protect and expand the natural areas. Since 2003, Duke has required that all campus construction meet or exceed the certification criteria for The Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Building Rating System for the design, construction, and operation of high performance green buildings. A minimum LEED Silver certification is the target for Central Campus construction, with some buildings being held to even more stringent standards.
Sustainability on Central Campus will be considered holistically, and those who visit, work or live on the campus will be encouraged to engage more thoughtfully and respectfully with the environment.