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Welcome to Duke Design Climate

Welcome to Duke Design Climate, where bold ideas meet sustainable innovation to tackle the world’s most urgent environmental challenges. The Design Climate two-semester course sequence is a hands-on, project-based learning experience where students team up with industry experts and Duke faculty to create cutting-edge sustainability solutions.  


The Design Climate course sequence is open to all; no prior experience needed, just a resourceful and collaborative mindset.  With a positive attitude towards change, we empower our community to lead the charge in designing a greener, more sustainable future. Join us and make a lasting impact on our planet. 


Design Climate is a collaboration between the Nicholas School of the Environment and the Pratt School of Engineering.


Design Climate Introduction Video


Design Climate fosters interdisciplinary learning, offering practical experiences in sustainability, entrepreneurship, and ethical leadership.

Industry Partners

Industry partners provide industry-specific expertise, gain market insights, and may join the startup team.

Faculty Partners

Faculty and researchers benefit by having a Design Climate team identify commercial applications for their research.


Sponsors drive innovative climate solutions by providing financial backing to Duke Design Climate.


“Developing a business and trying to build a business model proves to be a non-linear learning format”

– Leah, Master of Environmental Management student, 2023 cohort

“Coming from an engineering background learning different approaches from ideation till prototyping was an amazing experience”

– Sanchit, Master of Engineering Management student, 2023 cohort