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. 

Date & Time
Wednesday, September 12, 2018 - 12 p.m. to 1 p.m.
2204 Erwin Rd. Room 240, Durham, NC 27708
Understanding China’s Shifting Environmental Policy Landscape

Jackson Ewing, senior fellow at Duke's Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions, will present "Understanding China’s Shifting Environmental Policy Landscape" at noon on Wednesday, September 12.

In March 2018, China announced its most significant environmental governance reforms of this decade. Coming on the heels of President Xi Jinping securing the possibility of long-term presidential powers, the State Council presented draft plans to consolidate environmental policymaking in the newly formed Ministry of Ecology and Environment. The effectiveness of this new ministry will inform not only China’s environmental future, but also its stability, its socioeconomic ambitions, and global efforts to address environmental challenges. China’s environmental policy landscape has long been plagued by overlapping agendas and disproportionate power dynamics, which its new environmental regime seeks to address. The new ministry will become the most powerful dedicated environmental regulatory body in the history of modern China. It will deploy enforcement staff across the country, and be the instrument for applying China’s centralized environmental statutes. But coordination and enforcement challenges will not disappear with China’s ministerial consolidation, and a range of questions remain on its future effectiveness and the degree to which China will continue to expand its environmental priorities. The global stakes for success are high. China’s domestic policies have an outsized ability to influence global climate change, foment or curtail transboundary pollution, and send ripples through resource management strategies the world over from its consumption patterns. Where reforms lead to a cleaner environment in China, the world clearly benefits. Where they fall short, both Chinese citizens and the global community will bear the impacts.

This presentation is sponsored by the John Hope Franklin Center and the Global Asia Initiative. A light lunch will be served. Parking is available in nearby Trent Rd. and Erwin Rd. parking decks. The series provides 1-hour parking vouchers to guests. For more information, visit the event website.

Date & Time
Friday, September 7, 2018 - 9 a.m. to 10 a.m.
Environment Hall, Room 2102
Future Design: Bequeathing Sustainable Natural Environments and Sustainable Societies to Future Generations

Tatsuyoshi Saijo, program director and member of the Board of Advisors at the Research Institute for Humanity and Nature in Kyoto, Japan, will discuss "Future Design: Bequeathing Sustainable Natural Environments and Sustainable Societies to Future Generations" at Duke University on Friday, September 7.  

Future design poses the following question: what types of social systems are necessary if we are to leave future generations sustainable natural environments and sustainable societies? One method for pursuing this inquiry in experimental economics is to use an “imaginary future generation.” In this talk, Saijo will review the theoretical background of Intergenerational Sustainability Dilemma games, the results of related laboratory and field experiments, and the nature of relevant practical applications in cooperation with several local governments now using participatory methods for creating real plans for future design. 

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. 

Date & Time
Thursday, September 6, 2018 - 10 a.m. to 12:10 p.m.
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

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. 
Date & Time
Wednesday, August 15, 2018 - 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.
William G. Ross Jr. Environmental Conference Center, Nature Research Center, 121 West Jones Street, Raleigh, North Carolina 27603
Prioritizing Energy Efficiency in North Carolina’s Next State Energy Plan

Jen Weiss, senior policy associate at Duke University's Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions, will discuss "Prioritizing Energy Efficiency in North Carolina’s Next State Energy Plan," on Wednesday, August 15, at the North Carolina Energy Policy Council Meeting. 

For more information, visit the event website

Date & Time
Tuesday, August 7, 2018 - 2 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Online Webinar
FERC'S Order Proposing New Treatment of Public Policy Preferred Resource in PJM's Capacity Market

How should PJM's capacity market handle resources benefiting from certain public policies? Register to join Duke University's Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions and the Great Plains Institute for a webinar on Tuesday, August 7 from 2-3 p.m. ET that discusses the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's (FERC) June 29 proposed framework. PJM, states, and other stakeholders now have the opportunity to comment on and shape FERC's proposed framework. PJM stakeholders likely impacted by the proposal will join us to provide perspective on how it would or would not work for them.

We will discuss several issues key to understanding whether and how FERC’s proposed framework could work, including: 
  • Scope of subsidies covered
  • Performance requirements
  • Locational requirements 
  • Mechanism for electing the proposed “opt-out” from the capacity market
  • Subtracting an appropriate capacity purchase obligation
  • Timing of rule implementation and election
  • Maintaining a robust marketplace

Please join us with your questions about this timely topic.