Green initiatives are abundant, as the University aims to be carbon-neutral by 2018. Lights turn on and off via motion sensors, there are water-saving measures implemented in bathrooms, incentives to bring a reusable mug at many eateries on campus, a community vegetable garden-the whole nine yards! Duke engineers and environmental science students even built a "Smart Home" on campus, which won a national design competition sponsored by Home Depot.
Favorite Things To Do
If you can find a DUI (Duke University Improv) performance, go to it! Duke's a cappella groups are also awesome, and there are some exceptional dance groups, as well. Plays and jazz at the Mary Lou Williams Center are also offered regularly, and the Nasher Museum of Art has some great exhibits throughout the year. Movies in the Griffith Film Theater are either cheap or free, and the theater shows some amazing films from time to time.
Clubs and Organizations on Campus
There are literally hundreds of organizations on Duke's campus, meaning that there is definitely something for everyone. You can find any sport under the sun, from football to Frisbee, at any level of competition, from varsity (most intense) to club (moderate commitment) to intramural (very leisurely). The most popular organizations on campus are those associated with political causes (Duke Democrats, College Republicans, Model United Nations) and community service (Habitat for Humanity, Red Cross, and numerous tutoring programs that interact with local Durham schools). The school's religious organizations are also very active (Hillel, Campus Crusade for Christ, Duke Catholic Center, and Muslim Students Association), organizing retreats, scripture studies, and socials throughout the year. There are several publications which students can write for, most notable of which is The Chronicle, Duke's daily newspaper.
The incredibly wide variety of groups across campus virtually ensures that, at Duke, you'll find your passion both in and out of the classroom.