August 20, 2019

Welcome to the New Nicholas Institute Website

Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions

We are pleased to welcome you to the new online home of Duke University's Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions!

This newly redesigned website incorporates an extensive review of site usage data and visitors’ feedback to better present the Nicholas Institute's most-visited pages, while improving overall site usability. Here are some of the enhancements to the site:

1. Improved linking of related content around the site

The Nicholas Institute shares the expertise of our team of professionals in a variety of ways: through publications, sponsoring and participating in events, op-eds and reactions to the news, and more. Site visitors can now easily link between all of these various products.

Website related content


For example, visitors interested in Martin Doyle and Lauren Patterson’s recent publication, "Federal Decentralization and Adaptive Management of Water Resources: Reservoir Reallocation by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers," will find links to both of their profiles (in turn, with links to all of the work they are doing), as well as related publications. The site also provides links to issues and projects addressed by this study—leading to, among other work, Patterson’s data visualization tools on reservoirs.

2. Navigation by issues

To help site visitors find information relevant to their interests as quickly and easily as possible, we have created a new list of "issues" aimed at better classifying and organizing the Nicholas Institute's work. The site navigation provides a way to jump straight to any issue of interest.

Website issues navigation

The most recently updated and most-visited issues are highlighted in the main navigation for the quickest access. Visitors can go to the Issues page to see all areas of active work.

3. The Nicholas Institute @ Duke

The new NI @ Duke page features work that the Nicholas Institute does within the Duke community, including campus events, educational programs, internship and job opportunities, and the Catalyst Program.

4. Modernized look and feel

The website's design evolved in partnership with Cuberis, a local firm based in Durham, NC, and was developed by the Nicholas Institute’s communications team. The site is built for mobility, scaling properly across all devices. To further improve all visitors' experiences, the site is fully compliant with Duke's Web Accessibility standards.


We hope you find the site improvements helpful. If you have any questions or suggestions on ways to further improve the site, please contact us.