Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions
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Educating the next generation of environmental leaders is one of the many ways Duke's Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions helps bridge the gap between science and policy. During Duke's 2019-2020 academic year, staff members are aiding in this mission by teaching courses across campus. For more information on these courses, visit

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Fall 2019

Duke University

Energy Law
This course provides an introduction to U.S. energy law through the examination of the legal framework governing electricity production and the extraction and use of energy sources. It is designed to provide an overview of key topics in energy law so that students develop a foundational understanding of energy law and policy. (LAW 327/ENERGY 727) 

Instructor: Amy Pickle, director, State Policy Program at the Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions.

Water Resources Planning and Management
This course is intended to give students a first exposure to ideas of planning and management of organizations related to water resources. The course will develop a basic framework for strategic planning for environmental organizations with specific applications to water resources. It will provide some tools for forecasting future water conditions, as well as emerging tools for forecasting uncertain water conditions. Finally, it will expose students to approaches in water management, particularly adaptive management and scenario forecasting. (ENVIRON 740) 

Instructor: Martin Doyle, director, Water Policy Program at the Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions.

Spring 2020

How External Financing Influences National Commitments to Biodiversity Conservation (Bass Connections)

Using expert interviews, a Bass Connections project team will compile and analyze a set of case studies exploring the conditions under which low- and middle-income nations finance some, or most, of their protected areas’ operating costs. The team will also examine the role of external support in either encouraging or discouraging government investment in the protected area system.

For complete information see this course on Bass Connections External link