• A Guide to Green Bank Design

    A Guide to Green Bank Design

    A new Nicholas Institute primer outlines the design elements of a green bank and explores how a green bank might leverage public funds in the Southeast to create a robust market for energy investment.

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  • Hurricanes Show Benefits, Limits of Dams
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    Hurricanes Show Benefits, Limits of Dams

    The dams at Falls and Jordan lakes worked during Hurricane Florence write the Nicholas Institute's Lauren Patterson and Martin Doyle in The News and Observer, but we shouldn't always count on that.

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    Conceptual Model Series

    A new Conceptual Model Series by the National Ecosystem Services Partnership (NESP) explains why ecosystem services conceptual models are useful for decision making. The series provides guidance for building models and describes NESP’s efforts to standardize and apply these models with federal partners.

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Guidance for Ecosystem Services Assessments

A few years ago, a handful of federal agencies began exploring methods to robustly evaluate how natural resource management choices affect things people care about and to clearly communicate those impacts to the public. Ecosystems services assessment offered an answer. Learn how our leadership in the development of an online guidebook that provides a framework and methodology to bridge the gap between concept and practice is helping federal agencies advance the use of ecosystem services approaches.