Duke’s Environmental Justice Campus Committee (EJCC) is a coalition of students, faculty, and staff representing affinity groups and departments across the university that is working to better incorporate environmental justice into Duke’s curriculum, programming, and decision-making.


The Environmental Justice Campus Committee (EJCC) was started in the Fall of 2020 to better address campus environmental justice by doing the following:

  • Collaboration – We see this space as an opportunity for student groups, centers and entities who may not usually work together to come together and find opportunities to collaborate on programs, events, etc. 
  • Curriculum development – Creating new, interdepartmental coursework centering around environmental justice and utilizing the knowledge and finding opportunities to incorporate EJ themes into existing coursework and requirements. 
  • Diversity, Equity and Inclusion – This committee is a great opportunity to bring environmental opportunity directly to the doorstep of Duke’s diverse student body, and to bring themes of justice, race, and culture to the environmental student body. 
  • Major programming – Engaging students in EJ topics outside of the classroom is critical to creating a conscientious campus environment. In 2021, the EJCC hosted its first Environmental Justice Symposium, consisting of 15 guest speakers from around the world. Check it out HERE: https://emilynagamoto.wixsite.com/ej-symposium-duke
  • EJ faculty/staff opportunities – This work cannot fall on students alone and one of the EJCC’s goals is to establish faculty and staff positions designed to cement environmental justice within the university.
  • Duke accountability – We would like this committee to eventually be considered the go to for sustainability and justice based decision making at Duke. This space is designed to act as a body that checks the university around DEI and environmental justice in its operations, programming, and academic offerings.
  • Inter-institutional/community accountability – This body, through the creation of a Duke/Durham subcommittee is also a resource for the Durham community and other institutions or organizations to connect with Duke around EJ or institutional accountability.

Current EJCC Members

  • Duke Undergraduate Environmental Union
  •  Nicholas School for the Environment:
    • Environmental Science/Environmental Science and Policy
    • Earth and Ocean Science
  • Energy Initiative
  • Duke Campus Farm
  • Asia/Pacific Studies Institute
  • Franklin Humanities Institute
  • Center for Latin American and Carribbean Studies
  • Center for Multicultural Affairs
  • Mary Lou Williams Center for Black Culture
  • Environmental Justice Lab
  • Duke Environmental Justice Network
  • Mi Gente 
  • Asian Student Association  
  • Duke Student Government (Services and Sustainability, Equity and Outreach)
  • Muslim Student Association
  • Duke Conservation Tech
  • Nicholas School for the Environmental Black Lives Matter student coalition
  • Sustainable Duke
  • Blue Devils United
  • Environmental Alliance
  • Duke Environmental Law and Policy Clinic
  • Policy for the People
  • Duke Energy Club
  • Native American Student Alliance
  • Duke Climate Coalition
  • Sunrise Durham
  • Duke Office of Civic Engagement
  • Kenan Institute of Ethics
  • The Samuel DuBois Cook Center on Social Equity

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