Events - Sustainable Infrastructure

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Network for Engineering With Nature (N-EWN) Partners Meeting External link

N-EWN's goal for this symposium is to provide partners (including Duke University) with an opportunity to learn about the innovative work of each organization, create stronger connections between partners, and facilitate collaboration on new projects. Register by Feb. 1 for a discounted Early Bird registration fee ($250 for faculty, staff, and other non-students; $125 for students).

Date
Wednesday, May 22, 2024 to Friday, May 24
Location
Hyatt Place St. Augustine/Vilano Beach, 117 Vilano Road, St. Augustine, FL 32084

What is Sustainable Infrastructure? Building Consensus to Accelerate Financing

Public- and private-sector investors are seeking to advance sustainable, quality infrastructure to improve economic productivity, transition to a low-carbon economy, promote social wellbeing, and build climate resilience. Yet most new infrastructure isn’t fulfilling these goals. The disconnect often comes down to a lack of consensus on how to identify sustainable and resilient infrastructure projects and their benefits. Numerous global initiatives are competing to define these characteristics—leading to a confusing landscape for financiers and developers alike. During this panel discussion, experts will examine the merits, challenges, and opportunities related to different approaches to spur investment and construction of sustainable, quality infrastructure. This event is part of Sustainable Infrastructure: A Duke Climate Collaboration Symposium.

Date and Time
Wednesday, March 20, 2024 - 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
Location
Duke in DC, 1201 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Suite 500, Washington, DC and Virtual via Zoom

Sustainable Infrastructure: A Duke Climate Collaboration Symposium

The second installment in the Duke Climate Collaboration Symposia series will include a March 20 panel discussion at Duke in DC in Washington, DC (also available via livestream) and a March 21 panel discussion and March 22 workshop at Duke University in Durham, NC.

Date and Time
Wednesday, March 20, 2024 - 9 a.m. to Friday, March 22 - 3:30 p.m. (ET)
Location
Ahmadieh Family Auditorium (Gross 107)

Infrastructure for Good Livestream

Join us virtually on June 20 live from The Rainbow Room in New York City, where Deloitte, Economist Impact, and Duke University will be sharing findings from Infrastructure for Good, a groundbreaking research initiative that examines infrastructure ecosystems in 30 countries. Featured speakers include Jerome Lynch (Vinik Dean of Engineering, Pratt School of Engineering) and Elizabeth Losos (Executive in Residence, Nicholas Institute for Energy, Environment & Sustainability).

Date and Time
Tuesday, June 20, 2023 - 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. (ET)
Location
Virtual

The Infrastructure Sustainability Learning Model: Building Capacity for the Next Generation of Sustainable Infrastructure

Virtually attend this conference (7-8:30 a.m. ET) that will explore innovative approaches to build capacity for sustainable infrastructure. Nicholas Institute experts Elizabeth Losos and Sara Mason, will present the Infrastructure Sustainability LEarning (ISLE) model as a capacity building approach for sustainable infrastructure.

Date and Time
Monday, June 12, 2023 - 7 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. (ET)
Location
Virtual & in-person (International Environment House II 7-9 Chemin de Balexert 1219 Vernier Switzerland)

The Nature-Based Solutions Roadmap for the United States

In November, the Biden-Harris administration released a roadmap for unlocking the potential of nature-based solutions in the United States. In the fourth session of the Nature-Based Solutions: Current Issues webinar series, hear from two authors of the roadmap, as well as federal agency representatives.

Date and Time
Wednesday, January 18, 2023 - 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Location
Webinar

Federal Cost-Benefit Analysis Policies for Evaluating Nature-Based Solutions

US federal agencies use cost-benefit analysis (CBA) to make decisions about the types of infrastructure projects to implement. In the third session of the Nature-Based Solutions: Current Issues webinar series, experts working with the federal government discuss how these policies might be updated to enable more nature-based solutions projects.

Date and Time
Thursday, January 12, 2023 - 12 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Location
Webinar

Financing Mechanisms for Nature-Based Solutions Projects

One of the major hurdles keeping NbS projects from scaling up is finding ways to pay for them. This session, the second of the Nature-based Solutions: Current Issues webinar series, highlights insights about various mechanisms that can be used to pay for NbS, including state and federal policies and programs, as well as finance tools.

Date and Time
Tuesday, December 6, 2022 - 2:30 p.m. to 3:45 p.m.
Location
Webinar

How Does Nature Measure Up? Innovative Examples of Cost-Benefit Analysis of Nature-Based Solutions

Session one of the Nature-based Solutions: Current Issues webinar series focuses on assessing the costs and benefits of NbS. How can we account for all the benefits NbS provide? How do they compare to more traditional (gray infrastructure) solutions? What is the return on investment for NbS?

Date and Time
Monday, November 14, 2022 - 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Location
Webinar

G7’s Partnership for Global Infrastructure and Investment (PGII): An Alternative or Complementary to China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI)?

The recently launched Partnership for Global Infrastructure and Investment (PGII) promised to deliver game-changing projects to close the infrastructure gap in developing countries, strengthen the global economy and supply chains, and advance U.S. national security. Together with G7 partners, the U.S. will mobilize $600 billion by 2027 in global infrastructure investments. This will only be the beginning as G7 countries will seek to mobilize additional capital from multilateral banks to sovereign wealth funds.
 

Date and Time
Wednesday, November 2, 2022 - 12 p.m. to 1 p.m.
Location
Webinar

Race to the Top on Global Green Infrastructure: From BRI to Bluedot and Beyond

Countries need to move faster on a new wave of infrastructure that meets, and perhaps surpasses Paris Climate Commitments and Sustainable Development Goals. At this webinar, speakers will help bring into focus the increasingly busy landscape of global green infrastructure initiatives.

Date and Time
Wednesday, October 19, 2022 - 9 a.m. to 10:15 a.m. (ET)
Location
Webinar
Date and Time
Wednesday, October 12, 2022 - 12 p.m. to 1 p.m.
Location
Webinar

Taking the High Road: Strengthening Coastal Flood Resilience of Transportation Infrastructure

The infrastructure we build today will be with us for many decades to come, so it needs to be “future proofed” to meet the challenges of tomorrow.

Bipartisan infrastructure legislation (such as the recently passed IIJA) authorizes a generational investment in new and upgraded transportation facilities – roads, bridges, rail, ports, airports, and public transit. Many new transportation projects will be in coastal areas, home to almost forty percent of Americans. There is growing evidence that more severe storms and rising sea level pose a risk to transportation infrastructure in coastal areas.

This webinar will examine the steps that governments are and could be taking to make sure that new transportation investments are resilient to risks posed by coastal storm flooding and rising sea levels.

Date and Time
Wednesday, June 29, 2022 - 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Location
Webinar

Regional Reflections on Green Infrastructure and Nature-Based Solutions: Gulf Coast and Southeast

The American Association for the Advancement of Science’s Center for Scientific Evidence in Public Issues (AAAS EPI Center), the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Office of Water (EPA OW), and the White House invite you to join the next webinar in our series that highlights regional examples of green infrastructure and nature-based solutions.

Date and Time
Thursday, June 23, 2022 - 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Location
Webinar

Sustainable Infrastructure Community of Learners: What We've Learned and Where We Go Next

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.

Date and Time
Wednesday, May 11, 2022 - 12 p.m. to 1:15 p.m. (GMT)
Location
Webinar

Evidence-Based Decision-Making (Principle #10)

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.”

Date and Time
Wednesday, April 13, 2022 - 12 p.m. to 1:15 p.m. (GMT)
Location
Webinar

The United States and China: Addressing Climate Change Together and Apart

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.

Date and Time
Thursday, April 7, 2022 - 8 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Location
Webinar

Sustainable Infrastructure Standards - "Building Back Better Together"?

Elizabeth Losos, Senior Fellow, will moderate "Sustainable Infrastructure Standards - 'Building Back Better Together'?" as part of the Global Solutions Summit.

Date and Time
Tuesday, March 29, 2022 - 2 p.m. to 2:50 p.m. (GMT+2)
Location
Berlin, Germany | Virtual

Policy Perspectives: Building Climate-Resilient Infrastructure at Home and Abroad

Duke students, join Nicholas Institute experts Lydia Olander, Sara Mason, and Elizabeth Losos for an informal conversation about climate resilience policy in the United States and internationally.

Date and Time
Friday, March 25, 2022 - 12 p.m. to 1 p.m.
Location
Gross Hall, The Generator (Room 100C)

Transparent, Inclusive, and Participatory Decision-Making (Principle #9)

This webinar explores Principle #9. The technical presentation, "Multi-stakeholder working and civic engagement," is followed by a case study, "Engaging stakeholders in participatory scenario planning in Madre de Dios, Peru."

Date and Time
Wednesday, March 9, 2022 - 1 p.m. to 2:15 p.m. (GMT)
Location
Webinar