Date & Time
Thursday, February 22, 2018 - 3:00pm to 4:00pm
Conservation International Rapid Ecosystem Services Assessments and Mapping

Rachel Neugarten, Conservation International’s director of Conservation Priority Setting, will discuss the organization's approach to mapping important places for ecosystem services in a webinar 3-4 p.m. ET on Thursday, February 22. The discussion will include how this approach informs conservation priority-setting for Conservation International, as well as trends in protected area spatial representation of ecosystem services in five countries.

Sponsored by the National Ecosystem Services Partnership at Duke University's Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions, advanced registration is required.

Date & Time
Friday, February 23, 2018 - 8:00am to 4:30pm
Duke in DC, 1201 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW Suite 500, Washington, DC 20004
Accelerating Global Energy Access

Please join the launch of the Energy Access Project Friday, February 23, 2018, in Washington, D.C.

Jim Rogers, former CEO and chairman of the board for electric utility Duke Energy, will deliver the keynote address. A CEO in the power sector for almost 25 years, Rogers has been an advocate for energy-efficiency investment, modernization of electric infrastructure, and global energy access.

With nearly a third of humanity lacking reliable electricity and three billion people without clean fuels and technologies for cooking, energy access represents one of the greatest challenges of our time. In response, Duke University has launched its Energy Access Project, a research and policy project focused on supporting viable pathways to sustainable and modern energy solutions for all. This event will be an opportunity to learn about what's already underway at Duke and join Rogers and other experts across government, industry, and nonprofits to help shape the Energy Access Project's 2018 agenda.

Date & Time
Friday, February 23, 2018 - 10:00am to 1:15pm
Field Auditorium, first floor of Environment Hall, 9 Circuit Drive, Durham, NC (Duke University Campus)
Research Opportunities with the Southeast Climate Science Center

Join Duke University's Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions 10 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. Friday, February 23, to learn about the Department of the Interior's Southeast Climate Science Center, one of eight regional climate science centers managed by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) National Climate Change and Wildlife Science Center.

North Carolina State University acts as the host institution for the center. Duke University just joined as a member. At this event, researchers from North Carolina State University, USGS, and Duke University will give lightning talks about their work on climate science, climate impacts on ecosystems and people, and decision making for climate adaptation. The program will also feature discussion on ideas for new collaborative research in the Southeast. 

Lunch will be provided. Space is limited, so please register in advance.  

Date & Time
Friday, February 23, 2018 - 10:00am to 11:00am
Levine Science Research Center, Room A158, Duke University Campus, Durham, NC
The Politics of Flood Mapping and Its Implications for Climate Change Adaptation

Sarah Pralle, associate professor of political science at Syracuse University, will present "The Politics of Flood Mapping and Its Implications for Climate Change Adaptation," on Friday, February 23 in the Levine Science Research Center on Duke University's West campus. 

Local communities are on the front lines of climate change adaptation, but we know relatively little about their willingness and ability to adapt to increased flooding and other climate risks. In this talk, Pralle will explore the Federal Emergency Management Agency flood remapping program and examine the ways local communities in the U.S. have responded to it. Because the flood mapping program is the cornerstone of the National Flood Insurance Program, local conversations often revolve around the costs of flood insurance rather than the risk of flooding. Moreover, the maps themselves are designed to establish insurance rates, not communicate current and future flood risks. Pralle will share thoughts on how policymakers might rethink flood insurance and flood mapping so as to promote more equitable and effective adaptation.

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
Wednesday, April 4, 2018 - 8:00am to Friday, April 6, 2018 - 5:00pm
InterContinental San Francisco, 888 Howard Street (corner of 5th and Howard), San Francisco, California 94103
North American Carbon World Conference

The Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions will present the program for the 2018 North American Carbon World (NACW) conference in San Francisco, April 4-6, in partnership with NACW organizer Climate Action Reserve. The conference will address the most pressing issues in climate policy and carbon markets to the largest gathering of climate professionals in North America. 

For more information, visit the event website.

Date & Time
Tuesday, April 17, 2018 - 3:30pm to 5:00pm
McKimmon Center, 1101 Gorman St, NC State University, Raleigh, NC
North Carolina Energy Efficiency Policy Roundtable Discussion

Jennifer Weiss, senior policy associate at Duke University's Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions, will speak during the North Carolina Energy Efficiency Policy Roundtable Discussion at the 2018 State Energy Conference on Tuesday, April 17.

The roundtable will focus on new efforts to bring supportive policy, regulatory and legislative change to North Carolina's residential energy efficiency industry. Actionable steps for industry advocates, contractors, utilities, state and local government representatives, regulators and others will be discussed.

Visit the conference website to learn more. 

Date & Time
Tuesday, May 8, 2018 - 8:15am to 9:45am
Northwestern Prtizker School of Law, Chicago, Illinois
The Evolving Utility Regulatory Paradigm

Kate Konschnik, director of the Climate and Energy Program at Duke University's Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions, will speak on the panel "The Evolving Utility Regulatory Paradigm" during the Searle Center on Law, Regulation, and Economic Growth's 5th Electricity Dialogue on Tuesday, May 8.

For more information, visit the event website