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. 

Date & Time
Friday, August 3, 2018 - 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Energy Hub Lobby, Gross Hall 100
Data+ 2018 Poster Session

The Energy Access Project is supporting Duke University science students’ efforts to create an energy access data platform. Through the Duke Data+ Program, a team of undergraduates are working closely with Power for All, a leading energy access research and policy nonprofit, to develop machine learning and natural language processing tools to improve visualization of data and information on energy access in developing countries. They will be among the student groups that will share their work at a Data+ 2018 poster session on Friday, August 3, in the Energy Hub Lobby of Gross Hall. 

Twenty-four interdisciplinary data projects will be featured and students will be on hand to describe their work on their projects. Refreshments will also be provided.

Date & Time
Wednesday, July 11, 2018 - 3 p.m. to 4 p.m.
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.

Date & Time
Thursday, June 21, 2018 - 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m.
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.
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.
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.