Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions
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Courses

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. Institute staff members are aiding in this mission by teaching courses across campus, as well as hosting policy boot camps and webinars, and other supplemental offerings. For more information on these courses, visit registrar.duke.edu.

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Summer 2020

Strategies for Energy, Water and Agriculture in Rural Ethiopia (Bass Connections)

The project team will fill critical knowledge gaps on the “productive use” landscape, including developing tools to identify hotspots for investment in technologies such as microgrids and solar-powered groundwater pumps to expand irrigation opportunities, and new business models for enhancing agricultural value chains in the presence of off-grid power sources. The project will support the development of a unified roadmap for integrated energy access with a focus on electrification in rural areas where agricultural production is the dominant source of income. The project is a partnership between the Energy Access Project at Duke, RTI International, and the Rocky Mountain Institute.

For complete information see this course on Bass Connections External link

Fall 2020

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) 

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

Hydrology
An introduction to hydrology by examining how rainfall and snowmelt become streamflow, evapotranspiration, and groundwater with emphasis on hydrological processes inside watersheds. Topic areas include: hydrologic cycle and water balances, evapotranspiration and snow energy balances, vadose zone hydrology, hydrogeology, hyporheic zones, riparian zones, streamflow generation mechanisms, biogeochemical budgets, and field measurement techniques. Linkages between physical hydrology and broader ecological and environmental sciences will be highlighted. (EOS 723D) 

Instructor: Martin Doyle, professor at the Nicholas School of the Environment, and director, Water Policy Program at the Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions.

Program Area Seminar – Water Resources 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 898-04) 

Instructor: Martin Doyle, professor at the Nicholas School of the Environment, and director, Water Policy Program at the Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions.

Spring 2021

TBA