Date & Time
Friday, November 30, 2018 - 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Field Auditorium, Grainger Hall (formerly Environment Hall), 9 Circuit Drive, Durham, North Carolina
Economic Incentives in Policy for International and Interstate Resources Management

Linda Fernandez, associate professor of environmental and resource economics at Virginia Commonwealth University in the Department of Economics and Center for Environmental Studies, will present "Economic Incentives in Policy for International and Interstate Resources Management" on Friday, November 30.

Date & Time
Thursday, November 29, 2018 - 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Sanford 223, Rhodes Conference Room, Duke University Campus
Searching for Answers Along China’s Belt and Road

Jackson Ewing, senior fellow at Duke's Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions, will host and chair "Searching for Answers Along China’s Belt and Road" at 3:30 p.m. on Thursday, November 29.

China’s touts its Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) as the largest international infrastructure project in human history. Drawing comparisons to post-WWII reconstruction in Europe, the BRI seeks to connect China to countries near and far over land and sea and is becoming a signature foreign policy enterprise for Chinese President Xi Jinping. Understanding this modern initiative requires considering China’s historical, cultural, and economic place in its traditional neighborhood and beyond.

This session will contextualize the BRI as a revitalization of China’s longstanding efforts to shape its role regionally and globally. It will show the ways in which the BRI seeks to extend China’s cultural influence and soft power, and demonstrate how the BRI reveals China’s growing influence within the global economy. Finally, the session will explore the BRI from the outside in, offering questions about its socioeconomic and environmental implications for recipient countries.

Date & Time
Friday, November 9, 2018 - 11:50 a.m. to 1 p.m.
University of Utah, S.J. Quinney College of Law, 332 South 1400 East, Salt Lake City, UT 84112 Level 6
Emerging Trends in U.S. Renewable Energy Law and Policy

Kate Konschnik, director of the Climate and Energy Program at Duke's Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions, will speak at PURPA @ 40: Renewable Energy Law and Policy in the United States, an event that explores the 40th anniversary of PURPA—one of the nation’s most important renewable energy statutes.

Konschnik will be among panelists during the session "Emerging Trends in U.S. Renewable Energy Law and Policy" at the University of Utah from 11:50-1 p.m. on Friday, Novemeber 9.

For more information, visit the event website

Date & Time
Friday, November 9, 2018 - 8:45 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.
The Carolina Club, UNC-Chapel Hill, 150 Stadium Dr., Chapel Hill, NC
Energy Transitions and Rural Communities

The electricity sector is changing rapidly, causing economic and social impacts in rural areas. On November 9, Kay Jowers, senior policy associate at Duke's Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions, will speak at the conference, Energy Transitions and Rural Communities, in Chapel Hill. It will explore the challenges of new energy infrastructure and the effects in communities dependent on coal-related jobs.

Jowers will speak on the panel, Harnessing the Benefits of New Energy Investments. 

For more information or to register, visit the event website

Sunday, November 4 to Friday, November 9, 2018
Duke University
Energy Week at Duke University

Mark your calendar for the 3rd annual Energy Week at Duke University. The week of events includes:

Energy Week at Duke is organized by seven student energy clubs across campus, with support from the Duke University Energy Initiative and the Center for Energy, Development and the Global Environment (EDGE) at the Fuqua School of Business. This year, the Duke University Energy Access Project, which partners the Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions and other key Duke collaborators, is a program sponsor.

Date & Time
Monday, October 29, 2018 - 2:45 p.m. to 3:05 p.m.
The Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center, 1101 Lincoln Street, Columbia, SC 29201
Mapping the Current and Future Supply and Demand of Ecosystem Services in the Carolinas

Katie Warnell, policy associate at Duke University's Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions, will discuss "Mapping Current and Future Supply and Demand of Ecosystem Services in the Carolinas" at the 2018 Carolinas Climate Resilience Conference on October 29.

Ecosystem services, the benefits that natural ecosystems provide to people, influence a range of human activities in North and South Carolina. In order for an ecosystem service to be provided, there must be both a supply of the relevant ecosystem product or process and a demand for that product or process. For example, abundant trout in a mountain stream do not contribute to recreational fishing if the stream is hundreds of miles from anyone interested in fishing. Both the supply of and demand for many ecosystem services are likely to be affected by changes in climate and land use, resulting in shifts in ecosystem service provision.

This talk will discuss an ongoing project that uses spatial mapping of the supply and demand for a variety of ecosystem services in the Carolinas to understand the current distribution of ecosystem services and how future climate and land-use changes may cause changes in ecosystem service provision.  

For more information, visit the event website

Date & Time
Wednesday, October 17, 2018 - 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Online Webinar
Green Bank Design in the Southeast

Green banks use funds to reduce the risk for private investment to support energy efficiency and clean energy. As local governments and corporations across the Southeast make progress on ambitious clean energy goals—including some with 100 percent renewable energy targets by as early as 2025—demand is growing for financing to make those goals attainable. 

Green banks can be structured in different ways, depending on a state's goals, community priorities, clean energy partners, and potential funding sources. 

Register to join Duke's Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions for a webinar, 10-11 a.m. ET, Wednesday, October 17, as we explore successful green bank design examples that could be replicated to meet the needs of any state or city in the Southeast.

Date & Time
Friday, October 12, 2018 - 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Field Auditorium, Environmental Hall, 9 Circuit Drive, Durham, North Carolina
The Political Economy of Pricing Carbon for a 2°C World

Joseph E. Aldy, associate professor of public policy at the Harvard Kennedy School, university fellow at Resources for the Future, faculty research fellow at the National Bureau of Economic Research, and senior advisor at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, will present The Political Economy of Pricing Carbon for a 2°C World on the Duke University campus, Friday, October 12.

The 2015 Paris Agreement called for “holding the increase in the global average temperature to well below 2°C above pre-industrial levels”, but also acknowledged that “intended nationally determined contributions do not fall within least-cost 2°C scenarios." Although carbon pricing policies have recently emerged as a common tool for implementing countries’ mitigation pledges, there is little evidence that they are closing this so-called emission gap. Aldy will examine the challenges of pricing carbon to deliver on a 2°C warming goal. During the talk, he will synthesize the results of thousands of integrated assessment model scenarios featured in a recent paper to show that increasing overall energy prices under carbon pricing policies in order to promote energy efficiency and conservation will play a critical role in long-term climate stabilization. He will contrast these results with econometric analysis of government fuel pricing policies to illustrate the political economy and institutional barriers to passing through carbon prices into energy prices. He will also evaluate the design of carbon pricing to show the various ways that policymakers undermine incentives for energy efficiency and conservation through cap-and-trade and carbon tax implementation. 

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. This talk is also sponsored by the Nicholas School of the Environment and the Sanford School for Public Policy

Date & Time
Friday, September 28, 2018 - 3 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Online Webinar
Ecosystem Service Conceptual Models

Learn about the National Ecosystem Services Partnership’s (NESP) new Conceptual Model Series in a webinar, Friday, September 28, 3-4 p.m. ET.  

Series authors (Lydia Olander, Sara Mason and Katie Warnell) will discuss the publications and go over key takeaways. Federal partners Frank Casey of the U.S. Geological Survey, Pete Wiley of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and Rebecca Moore of the Bureau of Land Management will share their thoughts on how the products could be used by federal agencies and others.

The Conceptual Model Series provides resources that explain why ecosystem services conceptual models (ESCMs) are useful for decision making. It provides guidance for building ESCMs and describes NESP’s initial efforts to standardize and apply these models with federal agency partners.

The series aims to provide practical guidance for those who wish to apply ESCMs as a tool for incorporating ecosystem services considerations into their decisions. 

Date & Time
Thursday, September 27, 2018 - 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Field Auditorium in Environment Hall, 9 Circuit Drive, Durham, NC
Carbon Trading Simulation

Register to join us on Sept. 27 for an interactive Emissions Trading System (ETS) simulation by the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF). Using the EDF CarbonSim tool, this session will help students, scholars, and other members of the Duke community gain valuable ETS experience in a risk-free, entertaining, and fast-paced learning environment.

The simulation highlights choices, provides a framework for decisions, and serves as a platform for experiments in emissions trading scenarios. Through the simulation, participants will learn how they can use an ETS to achieve environmental and economic outcomes, develop a carbon portfolio management strategy, minimize liabilities and capitalize on opportunities. They will also come to understand that choices made by both policymakers and industries are shaped by the design and administration of the ETS.

CarbonSim is a multi-user, artificial intelligence-enhanced, state of the art simulation tool. It can be played in four different languages and a half dozen currencies. It can be used to both train stakeholders and run “what if” ETS design scenarios. CarbonSim has been tested and improved with the help of more than 1800 players from China, Cambodia, Vietnam, Myanmar, Cambodia, the Philippines, Indonesia, Singapore, Laos, Thailand, Bangladesh, Korea, Mexico, the EU, and the United States.


4:30 p.m. – 5 p.m.: Introduction to CarbonSim
5 p.m. – 7 p.m.: ETS Simulation Exercise
7 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.: Discussion on ETS Simulation Exercise Results

  • Josh Margolis is Managing Director, Environmental Markets, China Program, at the Environmental Defense Fund
  • Jackson Ewing holds a joint appointment as a senior fellow at Duke University's Nicholas Institute of Environmental Policy Solutions and an adjunct associate professor at the Sanford School of Public Policy

Advanced registration is required to attend.