Events

Date & Time
Monday, September 11, 2017 - 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Location
Gross Hall, Room 270
Incorporating Environmental Justice for Disadvantaged Communities into California Climate Law

California has adopted a host of policies, including a renewable portfolio standard (RPS), a low-carbon fuel standard, energy efficiency standards, and a cap-and-trade system, to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions under its landmark California Global Warming Solutions Act (AB 32). Tim Duane, Stanley Legro Visiting Professor in Environmental Law at the University of San Diego School of Law, will discuss the environmental justice ramifications of such policies on disadvantaged communities. It’s an issue that three state agencies must address to win legislative approval of a new goal: a 40 percent GHG emissions reduction and a 50 percent RPS target by 2030. All three agencies—the California Air Resources Board, the California Energy Commission (CEC), and the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC)—are considering how to do so. Duane will describe those efforts, highlight conflicts among some of the parties about how to define disadvantaged communities, and explore how progress toward achieving environmental justice goals may be measured and evaluated by the agencies. He will focus on the integrated resource planning proceedings before the CPUC and CEC.

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
Sunday, August 27, 2017 - 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
Location
City Conference Centre Drottninggatan 71b Room: FH 300 Stockholm, Sweden
Data Drought: An Assessment of Global Hydrological Monitoring Systems

As part of World Water Week Stockholm, August 27–September 1, Water Program director Martin Doyle will co-present Data Drought: An Assessment of Global Hydrological Monitoring Systems, August 27. The multi-stakeholder discussion will explore the challenges of and the potential solutions to the mismatch between the need for and the supply of data on water resources. The aim of the event is to assess global water monitoring infrastructure relative to current needs, to explore challenges and solutions to scaling up the global water monitoring system, and to provide a platform for defining next steps and avenues for collaboration. The event is co-convened by Xylem Inc., Duke University, the Smith School of Environment, and Enterprise at the University of Oxford, and The Aspen Institute.

Advanced registration is required.

Date & Time
Wednesday, August 2, 2017 - 3 p.m. to 4:15 p.m.
Location
Online Webinar
Webinar: Canadian Ecosystem Services Toolkit

In this National Ecosystem Services Partnership webinar, Susan Preston of Environment and Climate Change Canada will discuss The Canadian Ecosystem Services Toolkit at 3 p.m. ET on August 2. 

Created on behalf of Canada's Federal-Provincial-Territorial governments' Value of Nature to Canadians Study Taskforce, the toolkit provides practical step-by-step advice on ecosystem services approaches; completing an ecosystem service assessment; understanding what the results of such an assessment mean; and incorporating ecosystem services analyses and considerations in a wide range of policy, decision, and management processes.

Advanced registration is required.

Date & Time
Wednesday, July 26, 2017 - 10 a.m. to 11:15 a.m.
Location
Bryant Conference Center, University of Alabama 240 Paul W Bryant Drive Tuscaloosa, Alabama
CUAHSI Hydroinformatics Conference

Water policy associate Lauren Patterson will present “Internet of Water: Sharing and Integrating Water Data for Sustainability,” a keynote address at the Consortium of Universities for the Advancement of Hydrologic Science, Inc. (CUAHSI) Hydroinformatics Conference in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, July 26. She will highlight findings of a report from the Aspen Institute Dialogue Series on Water Data that lays out a vision for a national policy framework that addresses institutional barriers to increasing the integration of water data and information to support sustainable water management.

Date & Time
Tuesday, July 18, 2017 - 12 p.m. to 1:15 p.m.
Location
Online Webinar
Webinar: The Future of California’s Cap and Trade Program—Policy Choices and Implications for Cross-Border Linkage

Brian Murray of the Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions and the Duke University Energy Initiative (DUEI) will moderate a webinar featuring a panel discussion on the future of California’s Cap-and-Trade Program, July 18, 12–1:15 p.m.

The webinar co-hosted by the Nicholas Institute, DUEI, the Smart Prosperity Institute, the University of Ottawa Institute of the Environment, and Resources for the Future will explore the next chapter of California's innovative greenhouse gas trading program. Last year the state adopted a legally binding 40 percent emissions reduction goal for 2020 to 2030, but the role of cap and trade in meeting this target is uncertain. This summer the California legislature is considering what that role should be. Important program changes could include facility-specific emissions reductions requirements to address environmental justice concerns, limitations on the banking of allowances, limitations on the use of offset credits, a strict price collar to limit the range of allowance prices, a border price adjustment mechanism or other tools to address emissions leakage, and changes in the allocation of allowance value to various parties. These changes, if implemented, could have possibly destabilizing spillover effects on jurisdictions linked to the California program, including Quebec (currently linked) and Ontario (which plans to link next year).

Webinar panelists will discuss the proposed features of competing pathways for the California program, the modifications or amendments that may be considered during the legislative process, potential implications for the California carbon market, and the potential effects on existing and future linkages with other jurisdictions.

Registration is required.

Date & Time
Thursday, June 29, 2017 - 3 p.m. to 4:15 p.m.
Location
Online Webinar
Webinar: Valuation of Ecosystem Services from Farms and Forests

In this webinar, Lisa Wainger of the University of Maryland and David Ervin of Portland State University will discuss findings of a recent Council on Food, Agricultural and Resource Economics report, The Valuation of Ecosystem Services from Farms and Forests, which resulted from an interdisciplinary project that they co-chaired.

Using a conceptual value framework and the best available science, the project teams—comprised of experts on water quality, forests carbon sequestration, and pollinator habitat—developed reliable and consistent approaches for assessing monetary and non-monetary benefits of national conservation programs.

The presentation will cover the process used to inform the systematic approach to quantifying benefits of conservation programs. It will focus on ecosystem service benefits generated by improved water quality and will touch on benefits resulting from pollinators and carbon sequestration by forests. Lessons will be reviewed to chart a path forward for ecosystem services valuation.

Advance registration is required.

Date & Time
Thursday, June 15, 2017 - 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Location
Seoul, South Korea
Chosunbiz Future Energy Forum 2017

Faculty fellow Billy Pizer will give the keynote address at the 2017 Chosunbiz Future Energy Forum in Seoul, South Korea, June 15. He will discuss how the changing global political and economic landscape can affect energy industries. The gathering will include global energy firms, government representatives, academics, and consultants.

Date & Time
Wednesday, June 14, 2017 - 10:15 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Location
Online webinar
Webinar: An Emissions Containment Reserve for RGGI: A Report on the Analytical Results

The Nicholas Institute, Resources for the Future, and the Georgetown Climate Center will present a webinar on the results of an analysis of an emissions containment reserve (ECR) for the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI), June 14. The analysis, for which the Nicholas Institute’s Brian Murray served as a technical advisor, will be presented by Dallas Burtraw of Resources of the Future and Bill Shobe of the University of Virginia. The webinar will begin with an introduction and brief review of the ECR concept, followed by a presentation of results from simulation modeling and laboratory experiments that illustrate how the RGGI market would work with the addition of an ECR. Following the presentations, representatives from industry, environmental advocacy groups, think tanks, and state environmental agencies will respond to the analyses with a look at what they view as opportunities for and potential challenges of introducing an ECR program as part of RGGI.

Advance registration required.

Date & Time
Monday, June 5, 2017 - 8:15 a.m. to Friday, June 9, 2017 - 6 p.m.
Location
United Nations Headquarters  New York
Ocean Conference

Ocean and Coastal Policy Program director John Virdin will share his expertise on the so-called blue economy at several side events at the Ocean Conference, the high-level United Nations Conference to Support the Implementation of Sustainable Development Goal 14: Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development. The conference will be convened at United Nations Headquarters in New York, June 5–9, coinciding with World Oceans Day, June 8.

Virdin will serve as a panelist at three side events: Financing for the Blue Economy in Small Island Developing States, sponsored by Grenada and the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (June 5, 11 a.m.), Adopting the Blue Economy: A Viable Path to Sustainable Development in Small Island Developing States, sponsored by Grenada, the Netherlands, Cabo Verde, and the Food and Agriculture Organization (June 5, 1:15 p.m.), and The Role of the Oceans in Sustainability: Benefits of Achieving SDG 14 for all Sustainable Development Goals, sponsored by the Nippon Foundation (June 9, 5 p.m.).

Date & Time
Wednesday, May 31, 2017 - 6 p.m. to Friday, June 2, 2017 - 12 p.m.
Location
Aspen Meadows Resort Aspen, Colorado
2017 Aspen-Nicholas Water Forum: Deepening Groundwater Sustainability

Water Program director Martin Doyle will moderate the roundtable at the 2017 Aspen-Nicholas Water Forum in Aspen, Colorado, May 30–June 2. The 2017 forum will explore the past, present, and future of groundwater, depletion of which has led to stream flow losses, saltwater intrusions, land subsidence, and impaired water quality. Technological advancements in groundwater monitoring, modeling, and treatment are providing new understanding into how unique groundwater systems operate, and innovative management practices are beginning to offer lessons about sustainable groundwater management. This year’s roundtable of experts from multiple sectors will examine emerging groundwater topics, ranging from new measurement techniques developed by private industry to novel groundwater markets in Nebraska to new regulations in California. 

The Aspen-Nicholas Water Forum--an annual, collaborative initiative between the Nicholas Institute and the Aspen Institute--gathers dozens of thought leaders to discuss domestic water challenges in the 21st century. The participants are leaders from industry, finance, government and academia, including representatives from water utilities, agriculture, food, and technology companies, investors, and entrepreneurs.