Date & Time
Thursday, January 18, 2018 - 3:00pm to Friday, January 19, 2018 - 11:30am
Field Auditorium, First Floor of Duke Environmental Hall, Durham, NC
Constructing Africa’s Future: The Environmental and Social Implications of Chinese-Financed Infrastructure in Africa

WEATHER ALERT: All Thursday programming associated with this event has been cancelled. An abridged version of Friday's programming will take place 10 a.m.-noon. Please check back for further updates. 

Hear leading academics, journalists, policymakers, and NGO experts discuss the environmental and social Implications of Chinese-financed infrastructure in Africa on Thursday, January 18 and Friday, January 19 on the Duke University campus. The workshop will assess how Duke/DKU and partner institutions can contribute to infrastructure planning in Africa so as to optimize its impact on the environment and global health.  

Date & Time
Thursday, January 25, 2018 - 4:00pm to 5:00pm
BOOK TALK: Ahmadieh Family Grand Hall, Gross Hall 330; ENERGY MIX: Energy Hub, Gross Hall first-floor lobby
The Fracking Debate: The Risks, Benefits, and Uncertainties of the Shale Revolution

Daniel Raimi, a 2012 graduate of Duke’s Sanford School of Public Policy and former research associate with the Duke University Energy Initiative, will speak about his new book The Fracking Debate: The Risks, Benefits, and Uncertainties of the Shale Revolution from 4-5 p.m. ET on January 25. REGISTER NOW. 

From 2013 to 2016, Raimi traveled to every major oil- and gas-producing region of the United States to investigate the local impacts of increased domestic shale production. Along the way, he met hundreds of people and gathered dozens of stories from the oilfield. 

The Fracking Debate (Columbia University Press) combines these stories with an in-depth, accessible, and balanced examination of the current state of research on the most commonly asked questions related to fracking. The Fracking Debate provides answers for anyone interested in the big questions of the shale revolution, and the tools to understand future developments and controversies.

After the talk, you can head down to the first floor of Gross Hall, where the January Energy Mix will be starting up. Never been to an Energy Mix? Triangle-area energy professionals will join Duke University students, faculty and staff for food, drink, and networking. Raimi will be signing books at the Energy Mix, and copies will be available for purchase (credit or check only) from Duke University’s Gothic Bookshop. 

The book talk and Energy Mix are co-sponsored by the Duke University Energy Initiative and the Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions. Free parking will be available in the Chemistry Lot on Science Drive starting at 3:30 p.m.  Registration is required, as seating is limited.  

Date & Time
Friday, January 26, 2018 - 10:00am to 11:00am
Levine Science Research Center, DEL Classroom A158
Power and Influence in International Climate Finance Institutions: The Importance of Funding Rules and Practices

Erin Graham, assistant professor Department of Politics at Drexel University, will discuss "Power and Influence in International Climate Finance Institutions: The Importance of Funding Rules and Practices," 10-11 a.m. Friday, January 26, in the Levine Science Research Center on Duke University's West Campus.

Graham's talk will discuss how the provision of financial assistance to developing states is central to the international climate change regime. In the wake of developed states’ commitment to provide $100 billion in climate finance each year, international climate finance institutions (ICFIs) have proliferated. ICFIs have important distributional effects; they determine which recipients receive funds, the types of projects that are eligible, and the size of any financial support. Graham will discuss her data on funding rules and practices across nineteen ICFIs. She'll share research findings demonstrating that ICFI funding rule design is consistent with the argument that funding rules offer donors a key indicator of control; ICFI funding rules often do not reflect institutional stereotypes as favorable to developed or developing states; and informal funding practices can mitigate the effects of formal rules. 

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, January 31, 2018 - 3:00pm to 4:00pm
Mapping Ecosystem Services in Maryland to Inform Decision Making

Elliott Campbell and Rachel Marks from the Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) will discuss the DNR’s new online tool for ecosystem service quantification in a webinar on 3-4 p.m. ET Wednesday, January 31.

The tool, which will be housed on the Greenprint web mapper, displays spatial data on the biophysical and economic value of seven ecosystem services generated by forests and wetlands: carbon sequestration, nitrogen removal, air quality improvement, groundwater recharge, stormwater mitigation and flood prevention, wildlife habitat and biodiversity, and surface water protection. Campbell and Marks will describe the methodology for the models underlying the spatial variation in services as well as the “eco-price” valuation method, which estimates the value of ecosystem services by observing the breadth of ways we pay for benefits from the environment or compensate for the lack thereof. The state of Maryland is applying the tool to inform land acquisitions, ecological restoration targeting and funding, climate adaptation, and mitigation planning and is collaborating with partners in local government and the non-profit community to facilitate their use of the information.

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

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 1:30pm
Duke in DC, 1201 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW Suite 500, Washington, DC 20004
Accelerating Global Energy Access

Please join us for the launch of the Energy Access Project 8 a.m.-1:30 p.m. on 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.

The event is open to the public, but registration is required.

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.