Date & Time
Sunday, August 27, 2017 - 9:00am to 10:30am
City Conference Centre Drottninggatan 71b Room: FH 300 Stockholm, Sweden
Data Drought: An Assessment of Global Hydrological Monitoring Systems

As part of World Water Week Stockholm, August 27–September 1, Water Program director Martin Doyle will co-present Data Drought: An Assessment of Global Hydrological Monitoring Systems, August 27. The multi-stakeholder discussion will explore the challenges of and the potential solutions to the mismatch between the need for and the supply of data on water resources. The aim of the event is to assess global water monitoring infrastructure relative to current needs, to explore challenges and solutions to scaling up the global water monitoring system, and to provide a platform for defining next steps and avenues for collaboration. The event is co-convened by Xylem Inc., Duke University, the Smith School of Environment, and Enterprise at the University of Oxford, and The Aspen Institute.

Advanced registration is required.

Date & Time
Monday, September 11, 2017 - 1:30pm to 3:00pm
Environment Hall, Room 2102
Incorporating Environmental Justice for Disadvantaged Communities into California Climate Law

California has adopted a host of policies, including a renewable portfolio standard (RPS), a low-carbon fuel standard, energy efficiency standards, and a cap-and-trade system, to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions under its landmark California Global Warming Solutions Act (AB 32). Tim Duane, Stanley Legro Visiting Professor in Environmental Law at the University of San Diego School of Law, will discuss the environmental justice ramifications of such policies on disadvantaged communities. It’s an issue that three state agencies must address to win legislative approval of a new goal: a 40 percent GHG emissions reduction and a 50 percent RPS target by 2030. All three agencies—the California Air Resources Board, the California Energy Commission (CEC), and the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC)—are considering how to do so. Duane will describe those efforts, highlight conflicts among some of the parties about how to define disadvantaged communities, and explore how progress toward achieving environmental justice goals may be measured and evaluated by the agencies. He will focus on the integrated resource planning proceedings before the CPUC and CEC.

This talk is part of the Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions and the University Program in Environmental Policy seminar series featuring leading experts discussing a variety of pressing environmentally focused topics. 

Date & Time
Tuesday, September 12, 2017 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm
Field Auditorium, Environment Hall, Duke University Campus
Economics of Environmental Data Manipulation

Junjie Zhang, director of the iMEP Program and Environmental Research Center at Duke Kunshan University, will present “Economics of Environmental Data Manipulation,” 6-7:30 p.m. Tuesday, September 12.

Environmental regulation is often compromised in China when government officials are facing competing political targets other than environmental quality. Zhang will discuss his research to not only refine the method of data manipulation but also provide a political economy interpretation of data falsification behavior in China, using a unique data set that combines reported air quality information with resume details of city party secretaries and mayors.

This talk is part of the Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions and the University Program in Environmental Policy seminar series featuring leading experts discussing a variety of pressing environmentally focused topics. 

Date & Time
Thursday, September 28, 2017 - 10:00am to 5:00pm
The Westin Columbus, 310 South High Street, Columbus, OH 43215
Wholesale Electricity Markets at a Crossroads? Examining PJM Market Designs from the Perspective of the States

Register to join experts, state officials, and stakeholders from across the PJM Interconnect for a one-day workshop on September 28 exploring state energy and environmental policy objectives and what they mean for FERC-regulated wholesale markets. This workshop will feature multiple perspectives on ongoing challenges and recent proposals to make state policies and regional market design work together, including PJM's proposals for a two-tier capacity market or energy market carbon price. 

The workshop is hosted by the Great Plains Institute and the Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions

Date & Time
Sunday, November 5, 2017 - 8:00am to Friday, November 10, 2017 - 5:00pm
Varies, check website for a full agenda:
Energy Week at Duke

The second annual Energy Week at Duke, November 5–10, offers a host of professional growth opportunities for students and energy professionals.

  • Learn and network. Join us for the 9th annual Duke University Energy Conference (November 8). This event will showcase industry insights from prominent energy sector experts—last year’s speakers included Ellen Williams (Director, ARPA-E), Mauricio Gutierrez (CEO, NRG) and David Brewster (President, EnerNOC). You’ll also have opportunities to network with panelists and attendees (who numbered nearly 500 last year).
  • Compete or watch. Student teams from top graduate schools across the country will square off in the 5th annual Energy in Emerging Markets Case Competition (November 7). In addition, conference-goers can check out promising research from students far and wide at the Energy Research Poster Presentation (November 8).
  • Find out what’s new. The Research Triangle has one of the fastest-growing cleantech sectors in the nation—thanks in part to an active startup culture. Check out Triangle entrepreneurs’ pitches about their innovations at Energy Startup Demo Day (November 9).
  • Check out career development events for Duke students and tours of campus energy facilities.  

Energy Week at Duke is organized by seven student energy clubs across campus, with support from the Duke University Energy Initiative and the Center for Energy, Development and the Global Environment (EDGE) at the Fuqua School of Business. 

Sign up for the Energy Initiative’s email list for updates. Meanwhile, check out this recap of last year’s Energy Week, including videos of 2016 Conference speakers! Interested in event sponsorship, pitching your company at Energy Startup Demo Day, or getting involved in other ways? Contact  

Date & Time
Tuesday, November 7, 2017 - 8:00am to Wednesday, November 8, 2017 - 5:00pm
Portland, Oregon
Annual American Water Resources Association Conference

Policy associate Lauren Patterson will co-present a session on the so-called Internet of Water at the Annual American Water Resources Association Conference in Portland, Oregon, November 7–8.

At the Sharing and Integrating Water Data for Sustainability session (November 7), she will discuss a national framework for sharing and integrating water data for sustainability, presenting findings from a recent Aspen Data Dialogue report, Internet of Water: Sharing and Integrating Water Data for Sustainability. Such a network would allow for real-time transmission of water-related data and information among regional data-sharing communities, revolutionizing how water resources are managed to address water problems such as extreme flooding, scarcity, contamination, and aquatic system degradation. Other presenters will describe the value of open data from the user perspective, California’s role as a data producer and data-sharing community, and the role of the Water Data Exchange, a platform to share and integrate data on water use across western states.

Patterson organized the Sharing and Integrating Water Data for Sustainability session (November 8), which will focus on one of the primary findings and recommendations from the Internet of Water report: the importance of demonstrating the value of open and shared water data to meet water management needs.