Date & Time
Friday, August 3, 2018 - 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Energy Hub Lobby, Gross Hall 100
Data+ 2018 Poster Session

The Energy Access Project is supporting Duke University science students’ efforts to create an energy access data platform. Through the Duke Data+ Program, a team of undergraduates are working closely with Power for All, a leading energy access research and policy nonprofit, to develop machine learning and natural language processing tools to improve visualization of data and information on energy access in developing countries. They will be among the student groups that will share their work at a Data+ 2018 poster session on Friday, August 3, in the Energy Hub Lobby of Gross Hall. 

Twenty-four interdisciplinary data projects will be featured and students will be on hand to describe their work on their projects. Refreshments will also be provided.

Date & Time
Thursday, September 6, 2018 - 10 a.m. to 12:10 p.m.
Duke in DC, 1201 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Suite 500, Washington, D.C. 20004
States Moving Forward with Carbon Trading: The Nuts and Bolts of Linking State Programs

Register to join us for the workshop "States Moving Forward with Carbon Trading: the Nuts and Bolts of Linking State Programs," on Thursday, September 6, in Washington, D.C.  

The Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) is a cooperative effort of nine Northeast and MidAtlantic states to cap and reduce carbon dioxide emissions from power plants through a market-based, emissions trading program. This year, the nation's first multi-state carbon trading program is poised to expand by two additional states. Virginia has proposed its own carbon trading rule for power plants that is designed to link to RGGI in 2020. New Jersey's governor has also announced that he will bring his state back into the RGGI program. The workshop will explore how these states' plans to link to RGGI could be a learning opportunity for other states that want to link to RGGI or implement a separate carbon trading program. 
10 a.m.        

Welcome and Introduction

  • Karen Palmer, Resources for the Future
  • Laurie Burt, RGGI Project Series

10:10 a.m.        

Brief Explanation of RGGI 

  • Franz Litz, Litz Energy Strategies LLC
10:20 a.m.

Panel 1: Linking in Action: Virginia, New Jersey and RGGI

  • Moderator: Franz Litz, Litz Energy Strategies LLC
  • Ben Grumbles, Maryland Department of Environment and RGGI, Inc.
  • Chris Bast, Virginia Department of Environmental Quality
  • Madeleine Urbish, New Jersey Governor's Office
11:15 a.m. 

Panel 2: The Building Blocks for Successful Linking 

  • Moderator: Kate Konschnik, Duke's Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions
  • Carrie Jenks, MJ Bradley & Associates
  • Dale Bryk, Natural Resources Defense Council
12:10 p.m.

Closing Remarks

Date & Time
Monday, December 3, 2018 - 8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Crystal Gateway Marriott Hotel, 1700 Jefferson Davis Highway, Arlington, Virginia 22202
Methods for Incorporating Ecosystem Services into Decision-Making: Conceptual Models and Benefit Relevant Indicators

Lydia Olander, director of the Ecosystem Services Program at Duke University's Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions, will lead a pre-conference workshop on Monday, December 3, at the 2018 A Community on Ecosystem Services Conference (ACES). The workshop, "Methods for Incorporating Ecosystem Services into Decision-Making: Conceptual Models and Benefit Relevant Indicators," will delve into specific ecosystem services assessment methods reviewed in the Federal Resource Management and Ecosystem Services (FRMES) Guidebook, focusing on ecosystem service conceptual models (ESCMs) and benefit relevant indicators (BRIs).

The presentations will provide detailed explanations of ESCMs and BRIs and examples of how they are used to help build a common understanding of what it means to incorporate ecosystem services into decision making. This workshop provides an opportunity for the broader community to explore ecosystem service conceptual models and indicators in more depth with experts, using participant exercises to enhance the discussion and shared learning experience. Integrated question and answer sessions will provide opportunities to engage participating experts.

Those interested in attending the workshop have the option to sign up when registering for the ACES conference. For more information on the workshop, visit the conference website.

Sunday, January 6 to Tuesday, January 8, 2019
100 Fuqua Drive, Durham, NC 27708
Mobilizing Technology and Business Models to Close the Energy Gap

Globally, 1.1 billion people around the world lack basic electricity, and billions more lack access to the reliable, affordable, and sustainable energy systems that form the backbone of job creation and broader economic growth. How this shortfall is addressed over the coming decades will have resounding impacts on broader development outcomes, the environment, and U.S. and global security. The Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions, the Duke University Office of Undergraduate Education, and the Energy Access Project at Duke University will host the 2019 Winter Forum "Mobilizing Technology and Business Models to Close the Energy Gap" on Sunday, January 6, 2019, to Tuesday, January 8, 2019. 

From solar and batteries to telecom and mobile money, technology is enabling new approaches and business models for solving the energy access challenge. Duke students can apply to scale-up their knowledge, sharpen their story-telling, and unleash their creativity in a competition for solutions to end global energy poverty. Applications are accepted August 27 to September 28.

For more information, visit the Winter Forum website.

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