Events

Date
Tuesday, April 30 to Wednesday, May 1, 2019
Location
McKimmon Conference & Training Center, NC State University, Raleigh, NC
Mapping North Carolina’s Energy Efficient Future: Where do we go from here?

Jennifer Weiss, Senior Policy Associate, will speak at the 2019 State Energy Conference of North Carolina.

The State Energy Conference provides actionable insight into the business of energy, connecting technical innovation, diverse resources and industry opportunity to help drive North Carolina's regional energy economy forward with national impact.

Date & Time
Wednesday, April 24, 2019 - 9 a.m. to Friday, April 26, 2019 - 4 p.m.
Location
InterContinental Los Angeles Downtown 900 Wilshire Boulevard Los Angeles, CA 90017
North American Carbon World Conference

The Climate Action Reserve is pleased to present the North American Carbon World (NACW) conference. NACW addresses the most pressing issues in climate policy and carbon markets to the largest gathering of climate professionals in North America. The conference features comprehensive and up-to-date information, key thought-leaders advancing innovative climate solutions, and the best networking opportunities with colleagues in the business, government, nonprofit, and academic sectors.

In its 17th consecutive year, NACW 2019 will explore the progress of climate policy, carbon markets, and climate finance in North America and around the globe. By understanding emerging and dynamic trends  and building collaborative relationships with an expansive network of climate professionals, attendees will learn how to successfully meet the challenge of a carbon-constrained economy. For all of these reasons and more, NACW has long been considered the must-attend event of the year for climate policy and carbon markets.

Date
Monday, April 15, 2019
Location
Field Auditorium, Grainger Hall (formerly Environment Hall), 9 Circuit Drive, Durham, North Carolina
Living With Wildlife: Insights from Conservation Research, Technology and Education Programs in India

Krithi Karanth presents “Living with Wildlife: Insights from conservation research, technology and education programs in India” on Monday, April 15, 10 a.m. – 11 a.m. EST in Duke University's Field Auditorium in Grainger Hall.

Presentation details will be posted soon.

Date & Time
Friday, April 12, 2019 - 11 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Location
Online webinar
How Governments can Boost Natural Capital Thinking for Better Decision-making: Global Overview and Practical Examples

Hear from the Natural Capital Coalition (NCC), an international collaboration that unites the global natural capital community, about the progress and outcomes of the Government Dialogue on Natural Capital in the next National Ecosystem Services Partnership (NESP) webinar on Friday, April 12, 11a.m. - 12 p.m. ET.  

Register here

Presenters Martin Lok and Marta Santamaria will provide an overview of the Coalition’s work with governments and corporations to better integrate natural capital into decision-making. Then hear about some real applications: Irene Alvarado Quesada, from the Central Bank of Costa Rica, will discuss how water accounting can help to inform decisions of a water company; and Sander de Bruyn (from CE Delf) and Leendert-Jan de Olde (from PHILIPS) will present the Dutch Environmental Prices Handbook and explained how PHILIPS used it to develop their Environmental Profit and Loss Accounts.

Date & Time
Friday, March 29, 2019 - 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Location
Field Auditorium, Grainger Hall (formerly Environment Hall), 9 Circuit Drive, Durham, North Carolina
Conflict and Coexistence: A Story of People and Elephants in the Okavango

Dr. Amanda Stronza presents "Conflict and Coexistence: A Story of People and Elephants in the Okavango" on Friday, March 29, 10 a.m. – 11 a.m. EST in Duke University's Field Auditorium in Grainger Hall.

Date & Time
Friday, March 22, 2019 - 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Location
Field Auditorium, Grainger Hall (formerly Environment Hall), 9 Circuit Drive, Durham, North Carolina
Bringing an Economic Focus to our Nation’s Water Challenges: An RFF Water Initiative

Ann M. Bartuska, Vice President for Land, Water, and nature at Resources for the Future, will present "Bringing an Economic Focus to our Nation’s Water Challenges: An RFF Water Initiative" on Friday, March 22, 10 a.m. – 11 a.m. EST in Duke University's Grainger Hall, Room 2102.

Date & Time
Tuesday, March 5, 2019 - 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Location
Luther Burbank Center for the Arts, Santa Rosa, California
Power Outages: Grid Reliability and Emergency Management

Kate Konschnik, Director of the Climate & Energy Program at the Nicholas Institute, will present "Power Outages: Grid Reliability and Emergency Management" at FEMA PrepTalks: New Perspectives for Emergency Managers.

PrepTalks are given by subject-matter experts and thought leaders to spread new ideas, spark conversation, and promote innovative leadership for the issues confronting emergency managers now and over the next 20 years.

More information and registration information (PDF)

Date & Time
Thursday, February 21, 2019 - 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Location
Duke University in DC 1201 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, DC 20004
Electrification and Development: Building an evidence-based electrification agenda that supports productivity and income growth

Universal access to electricity has gained increasing prominence as a global ambition, underscored by the establishment of SDG 7 “to ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all”. Embedded within the logic of this goal is the anticipated impact of electrification on productivity (and thus on incomes) among households and businesses that gain access to electricity or improved reliability. Further, actors concerned with the economic viability of electrification projects have highlighted the value of productive use in increasing off-peak demand, and thereby improving the viability of business models. In this respect, productive use has been viewed as the engine in a virtuous cycle in the fight against both energy poverty specifically, and against poverty more generally.

The literature considering the impacts of electrification, however, suggests that the relationship between electrification and productive use may be complex, with impact studies characterized by highly variable results. In particular, reviews of the literature on electrification and productive use indicate that impacts are often difficult to achieve among poor, remote populations where the existing economic base is small. It is critical to understand complementary conditions; energy access in a vacuum may be a poor investment, while coupling electrification strategies with other interventions may offer a more effective route to improving long-run economic viability of the investment as well as community development. Alternatively, energy access or quality improvement interventions should perhaps be targeted to locations where other necessary conditions for economic growth exist.

The mixed findings in the literature raise questions for policy-makers, advocates and practitioners who are focused on achieving universal electrification. These include:

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