Date & Time
Thursday, August 1, 2019 - 2 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Online webinar
Interpreting the IPBES Global Assessment

Have you been seeing all the headlines related to the recent International Panel on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) Global Assessment? In the next National Ecosystem Services Partnership (NESP) webinar on Thursday, August 1, at 2 p.m. ET, report co-authors Alex Pfaff from the Sanford School of Public Policy at Duke University, and Stephen Polasky from the Department of Applied Economics at University of Minnesota, will present an interpretation of the report contents and its implications.

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Date & Time
Tuesday, July 23, 2019 - 9 a.m. to Friday, July 26, 2019 - 5 p.m.
Argyros Performing Arts Center 120 Main St. S. Ketchum, ID 83340
Fifth Annual Sun Valley Forum

The Sun Valley Institute announces the fifth annual Sun Valley Forum, “The Future We Want: Transforming Leadership, Accelerating Innovation, Unlocking Imagination,” to take place at the Argyros Performing Arts Center in Ketchum, Idaho, on July 23–26, 2019.

The Forum will gather several hundred leaders and luminaries, trailblazers and change-makers from across the globe for three days together to build the future we want. Attendees engage in a participative experience, hearing from experts in government, business, philanthropy, investment, advocacy, the arts and entertainment from the main stage and participating together in breakout "Innovation Laboratory" working sessions. Topics include: the transformation of our energy and food systems, impact investment, building resilient cities and rural communities, protecting our oceans from plastic waste and islands as innovation laboratories, the Political Climate podcast will be back again to be taped live on stage, now hosted by the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation and the USC Schwarzenegger Institute.

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Date & Time
Wednesday, June 26, 2019 - 3 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Online webinar
Exploring Applications of Ecosystem Service Conceptual Models for Coastal Habitats

Estuarine systems are areas of immense ecological importance and provide numerous social, economic, and environmental benefits, collectively known as ecosystem services. There has been an increasing desire to better incorporate ecosystem services into National Estuarine Research Reserve System (NERRS) management and stewardship, both from the network as a whole and at a local level. This webinar focuses on a Science Collaborative-supported catalyst project that is finding streamlined ways to incorporate ecosystem services into NERRS decision making with applications to coastal management more broadly. Dr. Lydia Olander and Sara Mason of Duke University will share their approach to using Ecosystem Services Conceptual Models as a framework to think about ecosystem services and how they can be considered within the NERRS. In this webinar, they will focus on work with the North Carolina and Rookery Bay NERRs to develop models of oyster reef and mangrove ecosystem services, efforts to apply these models to specific restoration sites at these reserves, and use of the models as a way to think about standardized monitoring of ecosystem services outcomes across the NERRS network.

Since 2016, Lydia and Sara have been working with the NERRS to think about how to incorporate ecosystem services more intentionally and systematically into coastal decision-making and management, resulting in publications on the use of the ecosystem service conceptual model framework in the NERR context that laid the groundwork for the current project.

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Date & Time
Wednesday, June 19, 2019 - 12 p.m. to 1 p.m.
Duke in DC 1201 Pennsylvania Ave., NW Suite 500 Washington, DC 20004
China’s Belt and Road, Altering the Global Ecosystem

China wants to build the world. From roads and bridges to ports, stadiums and 5G networks, China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) sets a groundwork for massive infrastructure expansion across Eurasia, Africa, the poles, and Latin America. Often seen through the prism of great power rivalry, the BRI will fundamentally alter the world’s ecosystems in ways not yet understood. Although the world’s great infrastructure needs are great, China’s projects will change how humans and the natural world interact, from mineral extraction and energy production to riparian flows and animal migration. How will China’s BRI change the world’s biosphere and what specific concerns can policymakers in Washington, D.C. address?

Join Duke in DC for a Public Policy Roundtable on the environmental effects of China’s Belt and Road Initiative. Duke’s Public Policy Roundtables offer an open forum for conversation on the art of the possible in American policymaking.

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Jackson Ewing Ph.D.
Senior Fellow, Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions | Duke University

Marcus D. King, Ph.D.
John O. Rankin Associate Professor of International Affairs; Director, Elliott School Master's of Arts in International Affairs Program | The George Washington University

Joanna Lewis Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service | Georgetown University

Elizabeth Losos, Ph.D.
Senior Fellow (non-resident), Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions | Duke University

Date & Time
Tuesday, June 18, 2019 - 3 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Online webinar
Innovative Ways for States to Finance Agricultural Conservation Programs

In this National Ecosystem Services Partnership (NESP) webinar, presented on Tuesday, June 18, Vincent Gauthier and John Feldmann discuss the findings of a masters thesis at Duke University focused on identifying state-level agricultural conservation programs with non-traditional financing mechanisms.

The study determined that innovative state agricultural conservation programs utilize transferable tax credits, revolving funds, double dividend fees and other funding and financing mechanisms that can result in greater environmental impact per dollar and don’t rely on regular appropriations of funds by state legislatures. Out of 90 state-level agricultural programs we identify 18 that utilize an innovative financing mechanism. We will highlight 4 of these programs and discuss how they could be implemented more broadly in other states.

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Date & Time
Wednesday, June 12, 2019 - 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Hilton Lexington Downtown 369 W Vine St Magnolia Room Lexington, KY 40507
States and RTOs in Changing Times

Join the Great Plains Institute and the Nicholas Institute at Duke University in Lexington, Kentucky as they present "States and RTOs in Changing Times: An Expert Stakeholder Workshop for States and Stakeholders in the PJM Region" on the important issues facing states and stakeholders in PJM in 2019.

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Tuesday, April 30 to Wednesday, May 1, 2019
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.
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 & Time
Wednesday, April 17, 2019 - 12 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
SSRI Gross Hall 230E
How Can We Construct a Sustainable Future?

Trillions of dollars in new infrastructure investments – catalyzed by China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) – is planned to address the developing world’s infrastructure gap. But if not carefully planned, large-scale infrastructure projects can also threaten sensitive ecosystems, vulnerable populations, and the global climate.  What can we learn from past infrastructure investments so as not to repeat past mistakes? A panel discussion will explore what data on past investments can reveal and how they can help direct future investments in sustainable infrastructure.  The two speakers will be followed by a group discussion of how to incorporate environmental and social considerations into infrastructure planning and potential research collaborations.