The Oak Ridges Moraine Groundwater Program: Thinking Differently – a data driven approach to water management
Since 2001, across a 35,000 km2 area, the Oak Ridges Moraine Groundwater Program (ORMGP) has carved out a path to collect, manage, and, via a multi-faceted website, share a wealth of water-related data and interpretations, all aimed at improving land use and water-related decision making in Ontario, Canada. In this webinar, Steve Holysh, Program Co-Manager and Senior Hydrogeologist at ORMGP, will provide an overview of the website, outlining a potential data and resource management path for others to follow and build upon.
What are the right measurements to capture the co-benefits and impacts of clean cooking? How do we get that data in front of the right people to leverage investment? This interactive session will bring together multiple initiatives currently improving how we measure impact and build data streams for cross-sector knowledge sharing and new financing options
Lead Organizers: Nexleaf Analytics, Duke University
The Environmental and Energy Study Institute (EESI) invites you to a briefing on policies and practices to address sea level rise. Sea level rise is a unique challenge for coastal communities and for policymakers. How will impacts from sea level rise compound impacts from extreme storm events? What infrastructure and communities will be impacted over different time horizons? When should funding be allocated to rebuild or armor coastlines and what are alternative options?
In 2021, the Southeast Energy Insecurity Stakeholder Initiative convened over 60 participants who developed 24 recommendations to address energy insecurity in the Southeast. The final report made possible by this thoughtful input is complete and will be made available later this month.
In this National Ecosystem Services Partnership (NESP) webinar, hear about three examples of policy applications for Natural Capital Accounts (NCA) from Carter Ingram (The Pollination Group), Eli Fenichel (Office of Science and Technology Policy), and Kirsten Oleson (University of Hawai'i).
In this final session of Sustainable Infrastructure: Putting Principle into Practice, we review and put into context all ten Sustainable Infrastructure Good Practice Principles. The session then focuses on gaining your feedback so that we can understand how to shape the future of this community of practice.
Access to water is a main component in human survival throughout history. Clean drinking water, plentiful water for agriculture, navigable waterways for commerce, rivers for hydropower, water sources for fisheries — all of these aquatic considerations and many more drive whether entire societies succeed or fail. Dive in with the Duke Alumni Forever Learning Institute as they explore the liquid of life in the World of Water webinar series.
The seventh seminar in the Gilman Climate Leaders Seminar Series will feature insights from Erika Weinthal (Duke University) on the role water has played in Central Asian/Middle Eastern conflicts, and how that role might grow through climate change.
Rural households in low- and middle-income countries working in the agriculture sector feed much of the world, bear little responsibility for driving climate change, and are being disproportionately impacted by climate-related shocks. Climate finance represents a critical opportunity to bring investment and innovations to agricultural settings to improve resilience and low-carbon development.
States struggle to complete Clean Water Act Assessments due to the complexity of gathering and analyzing massive datasets. Arizona used free open-source software to reduce the time it takes to generate an assessment from 9 months to 15 minutes. In this webinar, Jason Jones, Senior Scientist at the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality, will demonstrate how Arizona’s publicly accessible interactive Water Quality Assessment Dashboard provides full transparency behind each decision and informs users of what additional data is needed to fill data gaps.
About the sixth seminar in the Gilman Climate Leaders Seminar Series: Alongside government-led conversations on climate change mitigation and adaptation policies, governmental and private financial institutions are working to invest in the scaling up and dissemination of technologies that will help achieve these goals – and could drive up political ambition if technology outpaces projections. Our food, water, and agricultural systems, among others, will depend on the success of these parallel strategies. This seminar will feature a lively conversation between two international finance experts: Billy Pizer, an environmental economist at Resources for the Future who also served at Treasury as the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Environment and Energy; and Jonathan Phillips, Director of the James E. Rogers Energy Access Project at Duke and former Senior Advisor at the Overseas Private Investment Corporation.
The fifth seminar in the Gilman Climate Leaders Seminar Series will examine how climate change is affecting the political landscape in Central and South America. It will feature an discussion among Christine Folch (Duke University), a cultural anthropologist studying energy politics, natural resources, and environment in the region; Gabriela Nagle Alverio (Duke University), a law student and doctoral student researching climate migration; and Sarah Bermeo (Duke University), a political scientist focused on foreign aid and development.
Join Duke alumni, parents, and current students for DukeNY Career Conversations featuring Diana Propper de Callejon '84, Managing Director at Cranemere. Diana will be Interviewed by Donnel Baird '03, Founder & CEO of BlocPower.
About the fourth seminar in the Gilman Climate Leaders Seminar Series: In order to deploy the low- and zero-carbon energy technologies that will enable the global economy to meet Paris Agreement greenhouse gas reduction goals, the world will need massive quantities of energy transition minerals such as lithium, nickel, cobalt, and graphite. This seminar will dig into these needs and the possible ecosystem threats that mining for these minerals poses. Speakers will discuss where these minerals are located, the ecosystems found in those locations, and the role of recycling in limiting the need. The seminar will feature an engaged discussion among Steve Roady (Duke University), a long-time ocean advocate; Megan Cook (Duke University), an ocean explorer; and Renee Grogan, a consultant who works with seabed mining companies.
The global economy relies heavily on healthy coastal and ocean resources for diverse industries such as fishing, tourism and recreation, minerals, and transportation. Nearly one out of every six jobs in the U.S. depends on the blue economy, while fish protein is an essential part of diets in coastal communities around the world. Moreover, the ocean plays a central role in regulating the Earth's climate but is often overlooked in conversations about climate change.
Trust Your Farmer? Sustainable Practices, Home-grown Institutions, and the Quest for Resilient Food Systems
Third-party certification prevails as a necessary oversight mechanism in complex global food production systems. It is ultimately a substitute for trust. At local and regional scales, however, certification risks becoming a cumbersome and costly barrier—crowding out simpler, efficient and low-cost means for ensuring safety and sustainability. Relationship-centered, home-grown institutions—like community-supported agriculture (CSAs), farmers markets, and direct trade approaches—nurture trust among food system stakeholders and consumers.
This webinar explores Principle #10: Evidence-Based Decision-Making. The technical presentation, “Exploring evidence-based decision-making for climate resilient infrastructure systems” is followed by a case presentation on “Urban strategies for climate resilience–innovative approaches from New York City and Rotterdam.”
Duke students, join John Virdin, on the often-hidden role that small-scale fisheries play in societies worldwide and the threats they face in an increasingly crowded ocean.
The third seminar in the Gilman Climate Leaders Seminar Series will feature an engaged panel discussion among Junjie Zhang, Sustainability Chair for the Schwartzman Scholars Program at Tsinghua University with faculty appointments at Duke and Duke Kunshan Universities; Fan Dai, Executive Director, California-China Climate Institute at University of California, Berkeley; and Jackson Ewing (moderator), Senior Fellow at the Duke University Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions. The panel will explore China’s efforts to reach its carbon peaking (2030) and carbon-neutrality (2060) goals, U.S. climate efforts to drive economy-wide decarbonization, and the ways the two countries cooperate and compete on global climate change issues.