• Classes interweave leadership perspectives, theory, and development throughout coursework.
  • Faculty research environmental leadership - theory and practice - in areas including, sustainability, environmental justice, and community–based environmental management.
  • Students gain practical leadership skills, including critical and creative thinking, communication, collaboration, and conflict resolution, and the ability to apply these skills.

People in the Spotlight


Leadership Blogs

The Future Of Geology: A Geologist’s Take On School, Careers, And The Environment
Trevor Nace, PhD'12 and Geologist, Shell
Aug 26, 2015
PhD Pudding
Shannon Switzer
Jun 25, 2015

Post-Graduation Careers

Alumni within the Duke Environmental Leadership MEM program leverage their enhanced leadership and management skills and updated environmental knowledge to move their organization – government, non-profit, private sectors – forward.

Giving Highlight


Through their leadership annual commitment to the School, Annual Fund contributors at the Blue Sky level provide vital unrestricted resources to support cutting-edge research and education. That’s the kind of visionary, out-of-the-box “Blue Sky” thinking we need address the complex environmental issues facing our planet. 

Research Spotlight

Loblolly trees growing under elevated carbon dioxide levels emitted from towers at Duke Forest's FACE site Photo credit: Chris Hildreth

Duke Forest FACE

Free-Air Carbon dioxide Enrichment (FACE) is a method that raises the concentration of CO2 in a specified area and allows the response of plant growth to be measured.


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Searle Center, West Campus