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 2017-2018 academic year, staff members are aiding in this mission by teaching courses across campus. For more information on these courses, visit

Additional course information will be posted when available. See previous years for example courses taught by staff of the Nicholas Institute.

Fall 2017


U.N. Climate Change Negotiation Practicum
The U.N. Climate Change Negotiation Practicum is a one-credit independent study that examines the negotiation of international climate change agreements under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). Since the Rio Earth Summit in 1992, the UNFCCC has been the primary forum for the negotiation of international agreements concerning climate change. After the landmark Paris Agreement in 2015, the UNFCCC has a new framework through which to address climate change at the international level. This unique course will provide students with a comprehensive understanding of the fundamental issues, negotiation process, and political dynamics of the UNFCCC, as well as provide students an opportunity to attend the negotiations while working for a client organization. (ENVIRON 593.65)

Instructors: Billy Pizer, faculty fellow at the Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions, and Jonathan Wiener, professor, Duke School of Law.