Events

Date & Time
Sunday, January 6, 2019 - 9 a.m. to Tuesday, January 8, 2019 - 5 p.m.
Location
100 Fuqua Drive, Durham, NC 27708
Mobilizing Technology and Business Models to Close the Energy Gap

Globally, 1.1 billion people around the world lack basic electricity, and billions more lack access to the reliable, affordable, and sustainable energy systems that form the backbone of job creation and broader economic growth. How this shortfall is addressed over the coming decades will have resounding impacts on broader development outcomes, the environment, and U.S. and global security. The Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions, the Duke University Office of Undergraduate Education, and the Energy Access Project at Duke University will host the 2019 Winter Forum "Mobilizing Technology and Business Models to Close the Energy Gap" on Sunday, January 6, 2019, to Tuesday, January 8, 2019. 

From solar and batteries to telecom and mobile money, technology is enabling new approaches and business models for solving the energy access challenge. Duke students can apply to scale-up their knowledge, sharpen their story-telling, and unleash their creativity in a competition for solutions to end global energy poverty. Applications are accepted August 27 to September 28.

For more information, visit the Winter Forum website.

Date & Time
Monday, December 3, 2018 - 8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Location
Crystal Gateway Marriott Hotel, 1700 Jefferson Davis Highway, Arlington, Virginia 22202
Methods for Incorporating Ecosystem Services into Decision-Making: Conceptual Models and Benefit Relevant Indicators

Lydia Olander, director of the Ecosystem Services Program at Duke University's Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions, will lead a pre-conference workshop on Monday, December 3, at the 2018 A Community on Ecosystem Services Conference (ACES). The workshop, "Methods for Incorporating Ecosystem Services into Decision-Making: Conceptual Models and Benefit Relevant Indicators," will delve into specific ecosystem services assessment methods reviewed in the Federal Resource Management and Ecosystem Services (FRMES) Guidebook, focusing on ecosystem service conceptual models (ESCMs) and benefit relevant indicators (BRIs).

The presentations will provide detailed explanations of ESCMs and BRIs and examples of how they are used to help build a common understanding of what it means to incorporate ecosystem services into decision making. This workshop provides an opportunity for the broader community to explore ecosystem service conceptual models and indicators in more depth with experts, using participant exercises to enhance the discussion and shared learning experience. Integrated question and answer sessions will provide opportunities to engage participating experts.

Those interested in attending the workshop have the option to sign up when registering for the ACES conference. For more information on the workshop, visit the conference website.

Date & Time
Thursday, September 6, 2018 - 10 a.m. to 12:10 p.m.
Location
Duke in DC, 1201 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Suite 500, Washington, D.C. 20004
States Moving Forward with Carbon Trading: The Nuts and Bolts of Linking State Programs

Register to join us for the workshop "States Moving Forward with Carbon Trading: the Nuts and Bolts of Linking State Programs," on Thursday, September 6, in Washington, D.C.  

The Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) is a cooperative effort of nine Northeast and MidAtlantic states to cap and reduce carbon dioxide emissions from power plants through a market-based, emissions trading program. This year, the nation's first multi-state carbon trading program is poised to expand by two additional states. Virginia has proposed its own carbon trading rule for power plants that is designed to link to RGGI in 2020. New Jersey's governor has also announced that he will bring his state back into the RGGI program. The workshop will explore how these states' plans to link to RGGI could be a learning opportunity for other states that want to link to RGGI or implement a separate carbon trading program. 
 
Agenda
10 a.m.    Welcome and Introduction
10:10 a.m.         Brief Explanation of RGGI 
10:20 a.m. Panel 1: Linking in Action: Virginia, New Jersey and RGGI
11:15 a.m.  Panel 2: The Building Blocks for Successful Linking 
12:10 p.m. Closing Remarks

Lunch will be provided. Please register in advance to attend. 

The workshop is co-sponsored by Resources for the Future, the Georgetown Climate Center, The RGGI Project Series and Duke’s Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions.  

Date & Time
Wednesday, July 11, 2018 - 3 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Location
Webinar
Freshwater Health Index

Derek Vollmer of Conservation International will present on the Freshwater Health Index during a webinar at 3 p.m. ET on Wednesday, July 11. The Freshwater Health Index is a tool that measures ecosystem health by making clear connections between freshwater ecosystems, the services they provide to people, and the water governance system in place. During his presentation, Vollmer will discuss how the tool allows resource managers, engineers, policy makers, and other interested stakeholders to evaluate scenarios, understand tradeoffs, prioritize interventions, and communicate basin health. The webinar will also cover how this tool has been applied in various basins worldwide.

This webinar is sponsored by the National Ecosystem Services Partnership at Duke University's Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions.

 Advanced registration is required.

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
Friday, June 8, 2018 - 10 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.
Location
Sheraton Centre, Toronto, Canada
The Role of Movements and Legal Opportunities in Shaping Environmental Justice Policy

Kay Jowers, senior policy associate at Duke University's Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions, will present "The Role of Movements and Legal Opportunities in Shaping Environmental Justice Policy" at the Annual Meeting on Law and Society in Toronto, Canada, Friday, June 8. 

For more information, visit the event website.

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, June 5, 2018 - 9 a.m. to Friday, June 8, 2018 - 3 p.m.
Location
Salvador, Bahia, Brazil
Global Forum on Education and Innovation

John Virdin, director of the Ocean and Coastal Policy Program at Duke University's Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions, will speak at the week-long Global Forum on Education and Innovation in Salvador de Bahia, Brazil.

On Tuesday, June 5, he presents "Our Ocean Economy: The Role of Education in Transitioning to a Blue Economy," where he will discuss educating young people on the role that a well-managed ocean can play in solving many of the world’s key development problems, such as ending poverty and hunger. On Friday, June 8, Virdin will speak during the "Session in Celebration of World Oceans Day: Think Blue – Innovation in Ocean Education." 

For more information, 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.

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