Events

Date & Time
Thursday, June 21, 2018 - 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Location
AAAS, 1200 New York Ave, NW, Washington, D.C. 20005
AAAS Forum on Science and Technology Policy

Tim Profeta, director of the Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions, will be a featured speaker on the panel "The Risks of Stranded Innovation:  A Case Study in Energy and Climate Science" at the 2018 American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Forum on Science and Technology Policy in Washington, D.C., on June 21. He will provide insights on innovation potential in energy and climate research at this annual forum focused on American research competitiveness. 

AAAS is the largest multidisciplinary science society in the world and the publisher of Science magazine. The Forum on Science and Technology Policy is widely viewed as the major public meeting in the United States on science and technology policy issues. 

For more information and to register, please visit the event website. Follow the forum conversation on Twitter with #AAASFORUM.

Date & Time
Wednesday, June 6, 2018 - 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Location
Vinson & Elkins, 2200 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Suite 500, Washington, District Of Columbia 20037
Climate Change: Blue Devils on the Front Lines

The rapidly evolving policy and business dynamics surrounding global climate change present significant challenges and opportunities for all sectors. "Climate Change: Blue Devils on the Front Lines," will feature professional and personal insights from Duke alumni on climate policy, disclosures, and adaptation. Speakers will address topics ranging from the corporate and legal perspectives, to opportunities for businesses and individuals to make a positive difference. 

The panelists:

  • Teresa Christopher, vice president, Strategy and Operations, National Audubon Society (moderator)
  • Jeb Stenhouse, chief, Program Development for EPA's Clean Air Markets Division
  • Maggie Peloso, partner, Washington DC office of Vinson & Elkins 
  • Tim Profeta, director, Duke University's Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions

Register for this event, which will include a moderated panel, opportunities for conversation, and a reception.

Date & Time
Tuesday, June 5, 2018 - 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Location
Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP, 2200 Pennsylvania Ave., N.W., Washington, D.C.
Pricing Carbon in Energy Markets

Kate Konschnik, director of the Climate and Energy Program at Duke University's Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions will moderate Pricing Carbon in Energy Markets, hosted by the Energy Bar Association, on Tuesday, June 5, in Washington, D.C.

This two-hour session will explore how carbon could be priced directly into Regional Transmission Organizations and Independent System Operators in wholesale energy markets to enhance state and national environmental policies. After a brief introduction of how various factors are priced into energy markets, including existing state initiatives such as the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, representatives of Regional Transmission Organizations and others with federal energy market expertise will share ideas on the legal and practical questions raised by including carbon directly in wholesale energy market pricing. 

For more information, please visit the event website

Date & Time
Tuesday, May 22, 2018 - 9:15 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
Location
Cliff House, Cape Neddick, Maine
The State and Federal Divide: Beyond the Headlines

Kate Konschnik, director of the Climate and Energy Program at Duke University's Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions, will be on the panel "The State and Federal Divide: Beyond the Headlines" at the New England Conference of Public Utility Commissioners on May 22.

The panel will examine everything from resilience and cybersecurity to state policies that may intersect with wholesale markets. The juncture of state and federal jurisdiction with respect to today's biggest issues is multifaceted and often confounding. This panel will provide an update on the legal framework that applies to this evolving area and explore emerging areas of concern. 

For more information, visit the event website.

Date & Time
Thursday, May 10, 2018 - 3 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Location
Online Webinar
Using the EcoService Models Library

Tammy Newcomer-Johnson, ecologist with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Office of Research and Development, will present on the EPA's new EcoService Models Library. This online database allows users to find, examine, and compare ecological models to estimate the production of ecosystem goods and services. Newcomer-Johnson will describe how the library can help decision makers make informed decisions about which ecological models they should use to understand how their decisions will affect ecosystem goods and services. 

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

Date & Time
Tuesday, May 8, 2018 - 8:15 a.m. to 9:45 a.m.
Location
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

Date & Time
Thursday, May 3, 2018 - 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Location
Convento do Beato, Rua do Beato, 48, 1950-427 Lisbon, Portugal
Energy and Health: Building Bridges

Jonathan Phillips, director of Duke University's Energy Access Project, will speak on the panel "Energy and Health: Building Bridges" at the Sustainable Energy for All Forum on Thursday, May 3, in Lisbon, Portugal. 

This interactive session will explore the need and opportunity to strengthen engagement between the energy access and health communities to improve health outcomes. Access to universal clean energy plays a key role in achieving health goals. This is particularly true for poor and vulnerable populations, who suffer disproportionately from a lack of energy access. Despite this, the energy and health communities too often remain siloed. Increased efforts to mainstream energy access considerations into health, and vice-versa, will advance access to, and the quality of, health care delivery. Cross-sectoral efforts are also vital to reducing drudgery, improving safety, and combating the health impacts of indoor air pollution, one of the leading risk factors for disease globally. The session will serve as the first in a series of consultations on the design of a potential Sustainable Energy for All inter-sectoral partnership dedicated to exploring synergies between the energy access and health agendas, including how best to mainstream and coordinate efforts between the two sectors.

For more information, visit the forum website. Follow the forum conversation on Twitter with #SEforALLForum.

Date & Time
Wednesday, May 2, 2018 - 9:45 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Location
Grand Hyatt Washington, 1000 H Street NW, Independence Ballroom, Washington, D.C. 20001
Expert Stakeholder Workshop: Energy and Environmental Developments in the PJM Region

The Great Plains Institute and Duke University’s Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions host expert workshop for state officials and stakeholders exploring recent energy and environmental policy developments in the PJM region on Wednesday, May 2 in Washington, D.C.

The workshop will feature a panel of state officials from the region evaluating recent PJM market design proposals and decisions and developments in their states. A stakeholder panel will detail recent developments in the electricity industry, including some of the recent commitments by utilities to decarbonize their portfolios. A third panel will explore timely environmental issues impacting states and stakeholders. 

Federal Energy Regulatory Commissioner Robert F. Powelson will deliver a keynote address.

Date & Time
Saturday, April 21, 2018 - 12 p.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Location
The Scrap Exchange, Lakewood Shopping Center, 2050 Chapel Hill Road, Durham, NC 27707
Eco Faire: Environmental Policy Presentations

In honor of Earth Day, Tim Profeta, director of the Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions, will answer questions about environmental policy from members of the community at The Scrap Exchange's Eco Faire at noon on Saturday, April 21.

The event is free and open to the public. For more information, visit the event website.

Date & Time
Wednesday, April 18, 2018 - 4 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Location
Field Auditorium, Environment Hall, 9 Circuit Drive , Duke University's West Campus
Is Wildness Over?

Paul Wapner, professor of global environmental politics in the School of International Service at American University, will present "Is Wildness Over?" on Wednesday, April 18, in Environment Hall on Duke University's west campus.

Humanity has tamed the world. It has decoded the laws of nature and reshaped the land, water, and soil to fit its wishes. In its zeal to control, however, humanity has displaced wildness from our immediate lives to the Earth as a whole. Instead of facing daily threats to welfare, we now must confront global wildness. Climate change, loss of biodiversity, and other environmental dangers escape easy governance and threaten the biophysical foundations of planetary wellbeing. This talk will trace the emergence of global wildness and explain how rewilding—inviting more unpredictability into our lives—can provide a meaningful response to a world careening out of control.

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. 

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