Events

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.

Date & Time
Thursday, May 10, 2018 - 3 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Location
Online Webinar
Using the EcoService Models Library

Tammy Newcomer-Johnson, ecologist with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Office of Research and Development, will present on the EPA's new EcoService Models Library. This online database allows users to find, examine, and compare ecological models to estimate the production of ecosystem goods and services. Newcomer-Johnson will describe how the library can help decision makers make informed decisions about which ecological models they should use to understand how their decisions will affect ecosystem goods and services. 

Date & Time
Tuesday, May 8, 2018 - 8:15 a.m. to 9:45 a.m.
Location
Northwestern Prtizker School of Law, Chicago, Illinois
The Evolving Utility Regulatory Paradigm

Kate Konschnik, director of the Climate and Energy Program at Duke University's Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions, will speak on the panel "The Evolving Utility Regulatory Paradigm" during the Searle Center on Law, Regulation, and Economic Growth's 5th Electricity Dialogue on Tuesday, May 8.

For more information, visit the event website

Date & Time
Thursday, May 3, 2018 - 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Location
Convento do Beato, Rua do Beato, 48, 1950-427 Lisbon, Portugal
Energy and Health: Building Bridges

Jonathan Phillips, director of Duke University's Energy Access Project, will speak on the panel "Energy and Health: Building Bridges" at the Sustainable Energy for All Forum on Thursday, May 3, in Lisbon, Portugal. 

This interactive session will explore the need and opportunity to strengthen engagement between the energy access and health communities to improve health outcomes. Access to universal clean energy plays a key role in achieving health goals. This is particularly true for poor and vulnerable populations, who suffer disproportionately from a lack of energy access. Despite this, the energy and health communities too often remain siloed. Increased efforts to mainstream energy access considerations into health, and vice-versa, will advance access to, and the quality of, health care delivery. Cross-sectoral efforts are also vital to reducing drudgery, improving safety, and combating the health impacts of indoor air pollution, one of the leading risk factors for disease globally. The session will serve as the first in a series of consultations on the design of a potential Sustainable Energy for All inter-sectoral partnership dedicated to exploring synergies between the energy access and health agendas, including how best to mainstream and coordinate efforts between the two sectors.

For more information, visit the forum website. Follow the forum conversation on Twitter with #SEforALLForum.

Date & Time
Wednesday, May 2, 2018 - 9:45 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Location
Grand Hyatt Washington, 1000 H Street NW, Independence Ballroom, Washington, D.C. 20001
Expert Stakeholder Workshop: Energy and Environmental Developments in the PJM Region

The Great Plains Institute and Duke University’s Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions host expert workshop for state officials and stakeholders exploring recent energy and environmental policy developments in the PJM region on Wednesday, May 2 in Washington, D.C.

The workshop will feature a panel of state officials from the region evaluating recent PJM market design proposals and decisions and developments in their states. A stakeholder panel will detail recent developments in the electricity industry, including some of the recent commitments by utilities to decarbonize their portfolios. A third panel will explore timely environmental issues impacting states and stakeholders. 

Federal Energy Regulatory Commissioner Robert F. Powelson will deliver a keynote address.

Date & Time
Saturday, April 21, 2018 - 12 p.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Location
The Scrap Exchange, Lakewood Shopping Center, 2050 Chapel Hill Road, Durham, NC 27707
Eco Faire: Environmental Policy Presentations

In honor of Earth Day, Tim Profeta, director of the Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions, will answer questions about environmental policy from members of the community at The Scrap Exchange's Eco Faire at noon on Saturday, April 21.

The event is free and open to the public. For more information, visit the event website.

Date & Time
Wednesday, April 18, 2018 - 4 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Location
Field Auditorium, Environment Hall, 9 Circuit Drive , Duke University's West Campus
Is Wildness Over?

Paul Wapner, professor of global environmental politics in the School of International Service at American University, will present "Is Wildness Over?" on Wednesday, April 18, in Environment Hall on Duke University's west campus.

Humanity has tamed the world. It has decoded the laws of nature and reshaped the land, water, and soil to fit its wishes. In its zeal to control, however, humanity has displaced wildness from our immediate lives to the Earth as a whole. Instead of facing daily threats to welfare, we now must confront global wildness. Climate change, loss of biodiversity, and other environmental dangers escape easy governance and threaten the biophysical foundations of planetary wellbeing. This talk will trace the emergence of global wildness and explain how rewilding—inviting more unpredictability into our lives—can provide a meaningful response to a world careening out of control.

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
Tuesday, April 17, 2018 - 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Location
McKimmon Center, 1101 Gorman St, NC State University, Raleigh, NC
North Carolina Energy Efficiency Policy Roundtable Discussion

Jennifer Weiss, senior policy associate at Duke University's Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions, will speak during the North Carolina Energy Efficiency Policy Roundtable Discussion at the 2018 State Energy Conference on Tuesday, April 17.

The roundtable will focus on new efforts to bring supportive policy, regulatory and legislative change to North Carolina's residential energy efficiency industry. Actionable steps for industry advocates, contractors, utilities, state and local government representatives, regulators and others will be discussed.

Visit the conference website to learn more. 

Date & Time
Monday, April 9, 2018 - 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Location
Love Auditorium (B101 LSRC) and Hall of Science, West Campus
Truth Seeking in an Age of Tribalism: Lessons from the Flint Water Crisis

Marc Edwards, Charles Lunsford Professor of Civil Engineering at Virginia Tech, will present "Truth Seeking in an Age of Tribalism: Lessons from the Flint Water Crisis," on Monday, April 9, at Duke University. A light reception will precede the lecture at 5:15 p.m. A short Q&A will follow. The free event is open to the public and seating is on a first come, first served basis. RSVP required.

Edwards is the Charles Lunsford Professor of Civil Engineering at Virginia Tech, where he teaches courses in environmental engineering, applied aquatic chemistry and engineering ethics. His research group aspires to pursue science as a public good, through laboratory work on practically important but underfunded topics such as corrosion in buildings and opportunistic premise-plumbing pathogens—that work laid the groundwork for investigative science uncovering the 2001-2004 D.C. Lead Crisis and the 2014-2016 Flint Water Disaster. Time Magazine dubbed Edwards “The Plumbing Professor” in 2004, and listed him amongst the 4 most important “Innovators” in water from around the world.  The White House awarded him a Presidential Faculty Fellowship in 1996 and he won a MacArthur Fellowship in 2007.  His paper on lead poisoning of children in Washington D.C., due to elevated lead in drinking water, was judged the outstanding science paper in Environmental Science and Technology in 2010. In 2013 Edwards’ was the 9th recipient (in a quarter century) of the IEEE Barus Award for “courageously defending the public interest at great personal risk.”

This event is co-sponsored by the Nicholas School of the Environment, Duke Law School and the Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions.

Date & Time
Wednesday, April 4, 2018 - 8 a.m. to Friday, April 6, 2018 - 5 p.m.
Location
InterContinental San Francisco, 888 Howard Street (corner of 5th and Howard), San Francisco, California 94103
North American Carbon World Conference

The Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions will present the program for the 2018 North American Carbon World (NACW) conference in San Francisco, April 4-6, in partnership with NACW organizer Climate Action Reserve. The conference will address the most pressing issues in climate policy and carbon markets to the largest gathering of climate professionals in North America. 

Tim Profeta, director of the Nicholas Institute, will participate in the panel "Rising from the Ashes: State Responses to the Clean Power Plan Dismantling" on April 5. The session will explore the battle over Clean Power Plan federal regulations, review the challenge to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's endangerment finding, and explore how state-level initiatives and best practices are addressing climate change in lieu of a federal mandate.