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Announcement of the Duke Climate Commitment

Date and Time
Thursday, September 29, 2022 - 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Page Auditorium, 402 Chapel Drive
Announcement of the Duke Climate Commitment


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Please join us for the announcement of the Duke Climate Commitment.

Duke is uniting the university’s education, research, operations and public service missions to engage our entire community in the relentless pursuit of climate change solutions. Hear more from members of the Duke community already engaged in this important work and find out how you can get involved.

Duke students, faculty, staff and community members, please reserve your tickets above. Duke alumni, please register for this event as part of your Homecoming registration.

These events on September 30 offer you the chance to learn more about climate change and get connected with what’s happening in the Duke community:


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Presidential Remarks: Duke’s Shared Climate Vision

Vincent E. Price, Ph.D., President, Duke University

Panel Discussion: Duke Graduates Making a Difference

Brian Murray, Ph.D. ’92, Interim Director, Nicholas Institute for Energy, Environment & Sustainability (moderator)

Donnel Baird ’03, Founder, BlocPower

Alison Taylor ’84, Chief Sustainability Officer, Archer Daniels Midland

Claire Wang ’19, International Climate Policy Expert

Panel Discussion: Next Generation Climate Leaders

Toddi Steelman, Ph.D. ’96, Stanback Dean, Nicholas School of the Environment (NSOE) (moderator)

Benjamin “Benji” Backer, Founder & President, American Conservation Coalition

Cameron Oglesby ’21

  • Environmental Justice Storyteller, Journalist and Activist
  • Public Voices Climate Crisis Fellow
  • Memorial Foundation Social Justice Fellow
  • Master of Public Policy student, Sanford School of Public Policy

Marinel Sumook Ubaldo

  • Climate Justice Activist
  • International Youth Engagements Advisor, Living Laudato Si’ Philippines
  • Master of Environmental Management student, NSOE

Panel Discussion: Building Climate and Sustainability Fluency Across Campus

Emily Bernhardt, Ph.D., James B. Duke Distinguished Professor, Trinity College of Arts & Sciences

Norman Wirzba, Ph.D., Gilbert T. Rowe Distinguished Professor of Christian Theology, Duke Divinity School

Keynote Fireside Chat

Judy Woodruff ’68, Hon. ’98, Duke Trustee Emerita, Anchor & Managing Editor, PBS NewsHour

in conversation with

Carmichael Roberts, Jr. ’90, Ph.D. ’95

  • Vice Chair, Duke University Board of Trustees
  • Business Lead, Investment Committee, Breakthrough Energy Ventures
  • Founder & Managing Partner, Material Impact