Events

Date & Time
Tuesday, October 31, 2017 - 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Location
The Wigwam Arizona, Litchfield Park, AZ
Energy Efficiency as a Supply-Side Resource in Electricity Modeling

Etan Gumerman, a senior policy associate at Duke University Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions, will speak at the 2017 ACEEE National Conference on Energy Efficiency as a Resource at 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday, October 31 in Litchfield Park, Arizona. Gumerman will serve as a panelist on the Energy Efficiency as a Resource session. He will discuss "How Much Energy Efficiency Should We Plan for in the Future: Energy Efficiency as a Supply-Side Resource in Electricity Modeling."

For more information, visit the conference website

Date & Time
Thursday, October 26, 2017 - 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Location
Teaism Penn Quarter, 400 8th Street NW, Washington, District of Columbia
EnviroRun DC: Steve Roady

Steve Roady, faculty fellow at the Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions, will be the featured speaker at the next EnviroRun event, 6 p.m. Thursday, October 26 in Washington, D.C. 

For more details, visit the event website.

Date & Time
Thursday, October 26, 2017 - 8 a.m.
Location
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Environment for Development 2017 Annual Meeting

Energy Access Project staff will participate in the Environment for Development (EfD) Annual Meeting as representatives of the Duke-hosted Sustainable Energy Transitions Initiative (SETI), a separate Duke initiative, in Addis Ababa.

Staff will host three side sessions on sustainable energy work. Members of SETI will present over 20 unique research projects and Duke University’s Marc Jeuland will highlight the SETI's work at EfD’s Policy Day Workshop.

Date & Time
Wednesday, October 25, 2017 - 9 a.m. to Thursday, October 26, 2017 - 5 p.m.
Location
(Day 1) The Royal Society; (Day 2) Congress Centre, London
Bridging Evidence-Based Impact Across Environment, Health and Development Communities

The Bridge Collaborative will host a two-day launch event in London October 25 and October 26. Lydia Olander and Tim Profeta of the Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions will speak at the event, which is focused on:

  • Discussion by experienced leaders making strong headway on cross-sector solutions,
  • Learning around new cross-sector approaches developed by the Bridge Collaborative, and
  • Engagement in a variety of active, creative sessions to identify priority issues for cross-sector work while expanding our professional networks.

The Bridge Collaborative is a partnership that operates under the direction of the founding Secretariat from its leading partners: The Nature Conservancy, PATH, Duke University, and International Food Policy Research Institute who guide decision making and implementation. Initiated in 2016, the Bridge Collaborative envisions the global health, development and environment communities jointly solving today’s global challenges.

For more information, visit the event website

Date & Time
Thursday, October 19, 2017 - 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Location
Online webinar
DOE's Directive to FERC on Baseload Resources: Understanding the Legal and Market Implications

Last month, U.S. Department of Energy Secretary Rick Perry issued a proposal to establish reliability and resilience pricing for certain power plants in RTO markets for consideration by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC).
 
The webinar "DOE's Directive to FERC on Baseload Resources: Understanding the Legal and Market Implications" will unpack this Department of Energy proposal and discuss the legal and market implications for FERC and PJM. Designed for state regulators and hosted by the Great Plains Institute and Duke University's Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions, the webinar took place 1-2:30 p.m. ET on Thursday, October 19.

Date & Time
Tuesday, October 17, 2017 - 1:30 p.m. to 2:45 p.m.
Location
Online webinar
Ecosystem Services and National Forest Policy

In response to growing interest in ecosystem services, the U.S. Forest Service is identifying needs and opportunities to incorporate an ecosystem services approach into its programs and activities.

In a webinar sponsored by the National Ecosystem Services Partnership, Robert Deal, Nikola Smith, and Jonas Epstein of the U.S. Forest Service discussed their report "Integrating Ecosystem Services into National Forest Service Policy and Operations," Tuesday, October 17. They discussed additional opportunities and needs, and summarize some of the ongoing efforts to integrate ecosystem services into U.S. Forest Service policy and operations.

Date & Time
Thursday, October 12, 2017 - 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Location
Environment Hall, Room 2102
The Impact of Climate Change on Educational Attainment: Evidence from the Global Tropics

Heather Randell, postdoctoral fellow at the National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center, will discuss "The Impact of Climate Change on Educational Attainment: Evidence from the Global Tropics," on Thursday, October 12, in Environmental Hall on the Duke University campus.

Investments in education serve as an important pathway out of poverty, yet reduced agricultural productivity due to droughts or temperature shocks may affect educational attainment if children receive poorer nutrition during early childhood, are required to participate in household income generation during schooling ages, or if households can no longer pay for school-related expenses. Randell's research looks to understand the relationship between climate variability and educational outcomes by linking longitudinal socioeconomic, demographic, and schooling data from rural Ethiopia to climate data to measure exposure to temperature and precipitation relative to historical norms. Results indicate that more favorable early life climatic conditions, namely milder temperatures during all seasons and greater rainfall during the summer agricultural season, are associated with an increased likelihood of a child having completed any education. 

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, September 12, 2017 - 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Location
Field Auditorium, Environment Hall, Duke University Campus
Economics of Environmental Data Manipulation

Junjie Zhang, director of the iMEP Program and Environmental Research Center at Duke Kunshan University, will present “Economics of Environmental Data Manipulation,” 6-7:30 p.m. Tuesday, September 12.

Environmental regulation is often compromised in China when government officials are facing competing political targets other than environmental quality. Zhang will discuss his research to not only refine the method of data manipulation but also provide a political economy interpretation of data falsification behavior in China, using a unique data set that combines reported air quality information with resume details of city party secretaries and mayors.

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
Monday, September 11, 2017 - 5 p.m. to 6:15 p.m.
Location
French Family Science Auditorium, French 2231
Lessons from Hurricane Harvey: The Science, Policy, and Business of Natural Disasters

Martin Doyle, Water Policy Program director at the Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions, will be among the speakers at "Lessons from Hurricane Harvey: The Science, Policy, and Business of Natural Disasters," on Monday, September 11 at 5 p.m. in the French Family Science Auditorium.

Doyle, who will discuss policy developments related to natural disasters, will be joined by Nicholas School of the Environment faculty Deb Gallagher and Susan Lozier who will talk through the science and how businesses are responding.