UPEP Seminar Series

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Join the Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions and the University Program in Environmental Policy (UPEP) for our seminar series featuring leading experts discussing a variety of pressing environmentally focused topics. Seminars are jointly sponsored by the Nicholas School of the Environment and the Sanford School for Public Policy.

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Date and Time
Wednesday, April 18, 2018 - 4 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Location
Field Auditorium, Environment Hall, 9 Circuit Drive , Duke University's West Campus

Is Wildness Over?

Paul Wapner, professor of global environmental politics in the School of International Service at American University, will present "Is Wildness Over?" on Wednesday, April 18, in Environment Hall on Duke University's west campus.

Date and Time
Tuesday, March 6, 2018 - 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Location
Gross Hall, 140 Science Drive, Duke University
Room 100C

Carbon Taxes in Theory and in Practice: Lessons from the I-732 Ballot Measure in Washington State

Yoram Bauman, a PhD environmental economist who founded Carbon Washington, will present "Carbon Taxes in Theory and in Practice: Lessons from the I-732 Ballot Measure in Washington State," on Tuesday, March 6, in Duke University's Gross Hall.

Date and Time
Friday, February 2, 2018 - 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Location
Levine Science Research Center, DEL Classroom A158

The Roads To and From the Paris Climate Agreement

Andrew Light, professor of philosophy, public policy, and atmospheric sciences at George Mason University and a distinguished senior fellow with the World Resources Institute, will present the lecture "The Roads to and From the Paris Climate Agreement" on Friday, February 2 from 10-11 a.m. in the Levine Science Research Center on Duke University's west campus.

Date and 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.

Date and 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 and Time
Thursday, October 12, 2017 - 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Location
Environment Hall, Room 2102

The Impact of Climate Change on Educational Attainment: Evidence from the Global Tropics

Heather Randell, postdoctoral fellow at the National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center, will discuss "The Impact of Climate Change on Educational Attainment: Evidence from the Global Tropics," on Thursday, October 12, in Environmental Hall on the Duke University campus.

Date and Time
Tuesday, September 12, 2017 - 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Location
Field Auditorium, Environment Hall, Duke University Campus

Economics of Environmental Data Manipulation

Junjie Zhang, director of the iMEP Program and Environmental Research Center at Duke Kunshan University, will present “Economics of Environmental Data Manipulation,” 6-7:30 p.m. Tuesday, September 12.

Date and 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.

Date and Time
Tuesday, April 18, 2017 - 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
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.

Date and Time
Tuesday, March 28, 2017 - 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Location
Gross Hall Rm 330

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.