Events

Date & Time
Monday, March 27, 2017 -
10:00am to 1:00pm
Location
Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire
Integrated Ocean Management Policies in Africa

Tibor Vegh, policy associate at the Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions, will present during the March 27 workshop "Integrated Ocean Management Policies in Africa" at the twelfth meeting of the Contracting Parties to the Convention on Cooperation for the Protection, Management and Development of the Marine Environment and Coastal Areas of the Atlantic Coast of the West, Central and Southern African Region.

For more information, visit the meeting website

Date & Time
Tuesday, March 28, 2017 -
8:00am to 9:30am
Location
Durham Marriott City Center Hotel, 201 Foster Street, Durham, NC 27701
2017 National Association of Environmental Professionals Conference

Tim Profeta, director of the Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions, will deliver the welcoming address at the 2017 National Association of Environmental Professionals Conference on March 28.

Registration is required. For more information, please visit the conference website.

Date & Time
Tuesday, March 28, 2017 -
10:00am to 11:30am
Location
Durham Marriott City Center Hotel, 201 Foster Street, Durham, NC 27701
Incorporating Ecosystem Services into NEPA

Lydia Olander, director of the Ecosystem Services Program at the Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions, will present during the panel session "Incorporating Ecosystem Services into NEPA," at the 2017 National Association of Environmental Professionals Conference March 28.

Registration is required. For more information, please visit the conference website.

 

Date & Time
Tuesday, March 28, 2017 -
3:30pm to 5:30pm
Location
The talk will take place in the Ahmadieh Family Grand Hall (Gross Hall room 330) and a reception will follow in the Ahmadieh Family Atrium
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s Role in the Transition to a Low-Carbon

The electricity sector is in a period of rapid change. It is being transformed by the growth of domestic natural gas and its increased use for electric generation, the rapid progress of renewable technologies, and the response to environmental requirements and goals, especially related to climate change. In addition, smart grid technology is allowing customers to interact with the grid in unprecedented ways, paving the way for more demand response and distributed technologies. At the same time, cyber and physical threats to the grid are increasing, requiring it to be more secure and resilient than ever before.

State and federal policies—including federally regulated wholesale markets for electricity—have sometimes underpinned and accelerated these dynamics, and sometimes have been viewed as challenging efforts to deploy more renewable and low carbon resources. Join Acting Chairman Cheryl LaFleur of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), the independent agency that regulates the interstate transmission of electricity, natural gas, and oil, for a discussion of FERC’s role in the transition to a low-carbon economy. The talk will take place in the Ahmadieh Family Grand Hall (Gross Hall room 330) from 3:30-4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 28. A reception will follow in the Ahmadieh Family Atrium.

This talk is open to the public. Those interested in attending must register in advance.

The talk is sponsored by the Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions, the Duke University Energy Initiative, and the Sanford School of Public Policy.

Date & Time
Tuesday, April 4, 2017 -
3:15pm to 4:45pm
Location
North Carolina State University's McKimmon Center, Raleigh, NC
North Carolina’s Coastal Conference

John Virdin, director of the Ocean and Coastal Policy Program at the Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions, will speak at North Carolina’s Coastal Conference 3:15-4:45 p.m. April 5 on the topic of coastal economics. 

For more information, visit the conference website

Date & Time
Thursday, April 6, 2017 -
12:30pm to 1:30pm
Location
Duke Chapel, or watch live online at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LyU2BL4y_j0
Bridge Panel Conversation on Facing the Flood: Faith and Action for the Rising Generation

In honor of Green and Fair Chapel Day, the Duke University Chapel will host a public conversation that explores how different disciplines can work together for the same environmental goals during a time of political challenge. The role of faith will be one aspect of discussion, including the deeper religious or philosophical beliefs that help guide the panelists’ work. Moderated by the Rev. Luke A. Powery, dean of Duke Chapel, the panel includes:

  • Lena Connor, senior MDiv student, chair of Creation Matters at Duke Divinity School
  • Saskia Cornes: farm and program manager at Duke Farm
  • Brian Murray: director of the Environmental Economics Program at Duke University’s Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions and interim director of the Duke University Energy Initiative
  • Norman Wirzba, professor of theology, ecology, and agrarian studies at Duke Divinity School; senior fellow at the Kenan Institute for Ethics

For more information, visit the event website.

 

Date & Time
Tuesday, April 11, 2017 -
1:30pm to 3:00pm
Location
McKimmon Center at North Carolina State University, Raleigh, North Carolina
Traditional Fossil Fuel Generation in North Carolina's Energy Future

Sarah Adair, senior policy associate at the Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions, will moderate the panel "Traditional Fossil Fuel Generation in North Carolina's Energy Future," at the 2017 State Energy Conference of North Carolina on April 11. 

The panel will examine the status of North Carolina's existing power plants, the retirements expected in the next several years, and modifications being made to existing coal plants to allow them to burn natural gas. 

For more information, visit the energy conference website

 

Date & Time
Wednesday, April 12, 2017 -
1:30pm to 3:00pm
Location
McKimmon Center at North Carolina State University, Raleigh, North Carolina
Nuclear Energy's Future in the Southeast

David Hoppock, senior policy associate at the Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions, will speak on the panel "Nuclear Energy's Future in the Southeast," at the 2017 State Energy Conference of North Carolina on April 12. 

This session will explore the near- and long-term future for nuclear in the Southeast. In the Southeast, nuclear power has long been an important source of generation. Even with the increasing generation from biomass, solar, and wind, nuclear still provides a large portion of the non-fossil generation in the region. But what does the future hold for these existing units, as well as new units in the Southeast? Nuclear generators in the Southeast are not experiencing the difficult market pressures facing nuclear in other regions, but our nuclear fleet is growing toward retirement age. 

For more information, visit the energy conference website

Date & Time
Tuesday, April 18, 2017 -
10:00am to 11:30am
Location
Environment Hall 1111
Water and Politics: Clientelism and Reform in Urban Mexico

Veronica Herrera, assistant professor of political science at the University of Connecticut, will present "Water and Politics: Clientelism and Reform in Urban Mexico," from 10-11:30 a.m. on Tuesday, April 18.

Most of the world’s population lives in cities in developing countries, where access to quality water services is either inadequate or sorely missing. The problem is neither technical nor financial, it’s political: politicians fail to provide reliable and high quality public services because they often benefit politically from manipulating water service for electoral gain. Elected officials often exchange water service for the vote, and reward political allies or punish political enemies by manipulating access to this increasingly scarce, and therefore increasingly politically valuable, resource. When do politicians forgo the clientelistic manipulation of water services and invest in programmatic and universal service provision? Herrera will present findings from her new book, Water and Politics, which is based on extensive field research in eight Mexican cities. She will discuss how broad based coalitional support (including middle-class and industrial elites) played an important role in generating pressure for public service reforms. Herrera will emphasize broad lessons about how state-society coalitions can reduce politicized manipulations of water service.

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
Wednesday, April 19, 2017 - 8:00am to Friday, April 21, 2017 - 3:30pm
Location
InterContinental San Francisco, 888 Howard Street (corner of 5th and Howard), San Francisco, California 94103
Navigating the American Carbon World

The Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions will present the program for the 2017 Navigating the American Carbon World (NACW) conference in San Francisco, April 19-21, in partnership with NACW organizer Climate Action Reserve. NACW session topics will include the state of the North American carbon market, financing climate solutions on the ground, the future of offsets and their role, and the outlook for climate action under the Clean Air Act.

For more information, visit the event website.

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