• 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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The Creeping Disaster That Led to Water Law

In 2007, North Carolina was facing a relentless drought that led to mandatory statewide water restrictions. The crisis renewed attention to the importance of an assured water supply in the state. Learn about how a North Carolina General Assembly request resulted in a Nicholas Institute study co-led by the University of North Carolina that examined ways to more effectively deal with water conflict, future scarcity, and drought. The 59-page document details nine measures for the General Assembly to consider during the 2009 legislative session to ensure a secure water supply. Two of those recommendations would become law.