Events

Date & Time
Friday, January 26, 2018 - 10 a.m. to 11:15 a.m.
Location
Levine Science Research Center, DEL Classroom A158
Power and Influence in International Climate Finance Institutions: The Importance of Funding Rules and Practices

Erin Graham, assistant professor Department of Politics at Drexel University, will discuss "Power and Influence in International Climate Finance Institutions: The Importance of Funding Rules and Practices," 10-11:15 a.m. Friday, January 26, in the Levine Science Research Center on Duke University's West Campus.

Graham's talk will discuss how the provision of financial assistance to developing states is central to the international climate change regime. In the wake of developed states’ commitment to provide $100 billion in climate finance each year, international climate finance institutions (ICFIs) have proliferated. ICFIs have important distributional effects; they determine which recipients receive funds, the types of projects that are eligible, and the size of any financial support. Graham will discuss her data on funding rules and practices across nineteen ICFIs. She'll share research findings demonstrating that ICFI funding rule design is consistent with the argument that funding rules offer donors a key indicator of control; ICFI funding rules often do not reflect institutional stereotypes as favorable to developed or developing states; and informal funding practices can mitigate the effects of formal rules. 

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, January 25, 2018 - 4 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Location
BOOK TALK: Ahmadieh Family Grand Hall, Gross Hall 330; ENERGY MIX: Energy Hub, Gross Hall first-floor lobby
The Fracking Debate: The Risks, Benefits, and Uncertainties of the Shale Revolution

Daniel Raimi, a 2012 graduate of Duke’s Sanford School of Public Policy and former research associate with the Duke University Energy Initiative, will speak about his new book The Fracking Debate: The Risks, Benefits, and Uncertainties of the Shale Revolution from 4-5 p.m. ET on January 25. REGISTER NOW. 

From 2013 to 2016, Raimi traveled to every major oil- and gas-producing region of the United States to investigate the local impacts of increased domestic shale production. Along the way, he met hundreds of people and gathered dozens of stories from the oilfield. 

The Fracking Debate (Columbia University Press) combines these stories with an in-depth, accessible, and balanced examination of the current state of research on the most commonly asked questions related to fracking. The Fracking Debate provides answers for anyone interested in the big questions of the shale revolution, and the tools to understand future developments and controversies.

After the talk, you can head down to the first floor of Gross Hall, where the January Energy Mix will be starting up. Never been to an Energy Mix? Triangle-area energy professionals will join Duke University students, faculty and staff for food, drink, and networking. Raimi will be signing books at the Energy Mix, and copies will be available for purchase (credit or check only) from Duke University’s Gothic Bookshop. 

The book talk and Energy Mix are co-sponsored by the Duke University Energy Initiative and the Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions. Free parking will be available in the Chemistry Lot on Science Drive starting at 3:30 p.m.  Registration is required, as seating is limited.  

Date & Time
Thursday, January 18, 2018 - 3 p.m. to Friday, January 19, 2018 - 11:30 a.m.
Location
Field Auditorium, First Floor of Duke Environmental Hall, Durham, NC
Constructing Africa’s Future: The Environmental and Social Implications of Chinese-Financed Infrastructure in Africa

WEATHER ALERT: All Thursday programming associated with this event has been cancelled. An abridged version of Friday's programming will take place 10 a.m.-noon. Please check back for further updates. 

Hear leading academics, journalists, policymakers, and NGO experts discuss the environmental and social Implications of Chinese-financed infrastructure in Africa on Thursday, January 18 and Friday, January 19 on the Duke University campus. The workshop will assess how Duke/DKU and partner institutions can contribute to infrastructure planning in Africa so as to optimize its impact on the environment and global health.  

Date & Time
Monday, January 8, 2018 - 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m.
Location
Duke in DC, 1201 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW Suite 500, Washington, DC 20004
Understanding the Chinese Carbon Market Proposal
Duke University's Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions and Georgetown University will host a lunchtime talk on Understanding the Chinese Carbon Market Proposal 12:30-2 p.m. Monday, January 8, in Washington, D.C. 
 
Experts will discuss a December announcement committing China to a national carbon market that will offer companies incentives to reduce emissions.
Date & Time
Wednesday, December 13, 2017 - 10 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
Location
Marriott at Research Triangle Park, 4700 Guardian Drive, Durham, North Carolina
Greenhouse Gas Reduction Proposals under the Clean Air Act

Tim Profeta, director of the Duke University's Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions, will discuss Greenhouse Gas Reduction Proposals under the Clean Air Act at the 42nd Annual A&WMA/ASME Information Exchange on Wednesday, December 13. 

For more information, visit the event agenda

Date & Time
Friday, December 1, 2017 - 12 p.m. to 1 p.m.
Location
Environment Hall, Room 2102
Revolution and Regulation in the U.K. Electricity System: Model or Warning?

Michael Grubb, professor of energy and climate change at University College London, will present the lecture "Revolution and Regulation in the U.K. Electricity System: Model or Warning?" at noon on Friday, December 1, in Duke's Environment Hall room 2102.

The U.K. was widely seen as one of the world’s leaders on electricity deregulation in the early 1990s. Though the model of liberalisation went through significant changes, many international observers were surprised when in 2010 the new U.K. government embarked on a fundamental reform, giving the state a far more prominent role. To many, it has seemed like abandoning the principles of market competition that had defined the U.K. approach.

Grubb will discuss the UK’s Electricity Market Reform legislation and how, some three years on, the U.K. has seen a collapse in coal generation and dramatic reductions in the cost of renewable energy. 

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, November 30, 2017 - 5 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Location
Duke University's Environment Hall Room 1111
China’s Global Plans For Infrastructure Expansion: Why Is Everybody So Worried?

William Laurance, a distinguished research professor at James Cook University in Cairns, Australia, will present "China’s Global Plans For Infrastructure Expansion: Why Is Everybody So Worried?" at 5 p.m. Thursday, November 30, in Duke University's Environment Hall Room 1111. The presentation, which Laurance will deliver remotely, will examine the impact of Chinese Belt and Road infrastructure development on biodiversity in tropical Asia and Africa.

The event is open to the public and refreshments will be served. Advanced registration is required if you plan to attend. 

This lecture is part of the Duke-DKU Green Belt and Road Webinar Series, which presents topics focused on the Chinese Belt and Road Initiative. 

Date & Time
Sunday, November 5, 2017 - 3 p.m. to Friday, November 10, 2017 - 1 p.m.
Location
Varies, check website for a full agenda: https://www.energyweekatduke.org/agenda
Energy Week at Duke

The second annual Energy Week at Duke, November 5–10, offers a host of professional growth opportunities for students and energy professionals.

  • Learn and network. Join us for the 9th annual Duke University Energy Conference (November 8). This event will showcase industry insights from prominent energy sector experts—last year’s speakers included Ellen Williams (Director, ARPA-E), Mauricio Gutierrez (CEO, NRG) and David Brewster (President, EnerNOC). You’ll also have opportunities to network with panelists and attendees (who numbered nearly 500 last year).
  • Compete or watch. Student teams from top graduate schools across the country will square off in the 5th annual Energy in Emerging Markets Case Competition (November 7). In addition, conference-goers can check out promising research from students far and wide at the Energy Research Poster Presentation (November 8).
  • Find out what’s new. The Research Triangle has one of the fastest-growing cleantech sectors in the nation—thanks in part to an active startup culture. Check out Triangle entrepreneurs’ pitches about their innovations at Energy Startup Demo Day (November 9).
  • Check out career development events for Duke students and tours of campus energy facilities.  

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. 

 

Date & Time
Sunday, November 5, 2017 - 8 a.m. to Thursday, November 9, 2017 - 5 p.m.
Location
Red Lion on the River-Jantzen Beach Hotel, Portland, Oregon
Annual American Water Resources Association Conference

Lauren Patterson, policy associate at Duke University's Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions, will present at the Annual American Water Resources Association Conference in Portland, Oregon, November 5–9.

At the Sharing and Integrating Water Data for Sustainability session (November 7), she will discuss a national framework for sharing and integrating water data for sustainability, presenting findings from a recent Aspen Data Dialogue report, Internet of Water: Sharing and Integrating Water Data for Sustainability. Such a network would allow for real-time transmission of water-related data and information among regional data-sharing communities, revolutionizing how water resources are managed to address water problems such as extreme flooding, scarcity, contamination, and aquatic system degradation. Other presenters will describe the value of open data from the user perspective, California’s role as a data producer and data-sharing community, and the role of the Water Data Exchange, a platform to share and integrate data on water use across western states.

Patterson will also present during the Sharing and Integrating Water Data for Sustainability session (November 8), which will focus on one of the primary findings and recommendations from the Internet of Water report: the importance of demonstrating the value of open and shared water data to meet water management needs.

Date & Time
Thursday, November 2, 2017 - 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Location
Mortara Center Building Conference Room, Georgetown University
Climate Technology Cooperation, Market Design and Financing after Paris: The Evolving Role of China and the United States in the Global Arena

Billy Pizer, faculty fellow at Duke University's Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions and professor at the Sanford School of Public Policy, will speak at the third event in the Georgetown U.S.-China Research Dialogue on Climate Change Thursday, November 2. 

The dialogue brings together a team of experts from the United States and China for a structured dialogue around key academic and policy issues relating to clean energy technology cooperation, climate finance, and climate policy implementation. The goal of the dialogue is to identify issues of common concern and develop and pursue a shared research agenda that can inform better policy and advance practical cooperation in bilateral and multilateral contexts. The November 2 talk will focus on "Climate Technology Cooperation, Market Design and Financing after Paris: The Evolving Role of China and the United States in the Global Arena."

The panel discussion will begin at 3 p.m. and will be followed by a reception at 4:30 p.m. 

For more information, visit the event website.