Date & Time
Thursday, September 28, 2017 - 10:00am to 5:00pm
The Westin Columbus, 310 South High Street, Columbus, OH 43215
Wholesale Electricity Markets at a Crossroads? Examining PJM Market Designs from the Perspective of the States

Register to join experts, state officials, and stakeholders from across the PJM Interconnect for a one-day workshop on September 28 exploring state energy and environmental policy objectives and what they mean for FERC-regulated wholesale markets. This workshop will feature multiple perspectives in panel sessions that explore ongoing challenges and recent proposals to make state policies and regional market design work together. Mark McCullough, executive vice president of generation of American Electric Power, will serve as the lunchtime keynote speaker.

Date & Time
Thursday, October 12, 2017 - 10:00am to 11:30am
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.

Investments in education serve as an important pathway out of poverty, yet reduced agricultural productivity due to droughts or temperature shocks may affect educational attainment if children receive poorer nutrition during early childhood, are required to participate in household income generation during schooling ages, or if households can no longer pay for school-related expenses. Randell's research looks to understand the relationship between climate variability and educational outcomes by linking longitudinal socioeconomic, demographic, and schooling data from rural Ethiopia to climate data to measure exposure to temperature and precipitation relative to historical norms. Results indicate that more favorable early life climatic conditions, namely milder temperatures during all seasons and greater rainfall during the summer agricultural season, are associated with an increased likelihood of a child having completed any education. 

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
Tuesday, October 17, 2017 - 1:30pm to 2:45pm
Online webinar
Ecosystem Services and National Forest Policy

In response to growing interest in ecosystem services, the U.S. Forest Service is identifying needs and opportunities to incorporate an ecosystem services approach into its programs and activities.

In a webinar sponsored by the National Ecosystem Services Partnership, Robert Deal and Nikola Smith of the U.S. Forest Service discuss their report "Integrating Ecosystem Services into National Forest Service Policy and Operations," Tuesday, October 17. Deal and Smith will discuss additional opportunities and needs, and summarize some of the ongoing efforts to integrate ecosystem services into U.S. Forest Service policy and operations.

This webinar is free, but advanced registration is required.

Date & Time
Wednesday, October 25, 2017 - 9:00am to Thursday, October 26, 2017 - 5:00pm
(Day 1) The Royal Society; (Day 2) Congress Centre, London
Bridging Evidence-Based Impact Across Environment, Health and Development Communities

The Bridge Collaborative will host a two-day launch event in London October 25 and October 26. Lydia Olander and Tim Profeta of the Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions will speak at the event, which is focused on:

  • Discussion by experienced leaders making strong headway on cross-sector solutions,
  • Learning around new cross-sector approaches developed by the Bridge Collaborative, and
  • Engagement in a variety of active, creative sessions to identify priority issues for cross-sector work while expanding our professional networks.

The Bridge Collaborative is a partnership that operates under the direction of the founding Secretariat from its leading partners: The Nature Conservancy, PATH, Duke University, and International Food Policy Research Institute who guide decision making and implementation. Initiated in 2016, the Bridge Collaborative envisions the global health, development and environment communities jointly solving today’s global challenges.

For more information, visit the event website

Date & Time
Sunday, November 5, 2017 - 8:00am to Friday, November 10, 2017 - 5:00pm
Varies, check website for a full agenda:
Energy Week at Duke

The second annual Energy Week at Duke, November 5–10, offers a host of professional growth opportunities for students and energy professionals.

  • Learn and network. Join us for the 9th annual Duke University Energy Conference (November 8). This event will showcase industry insights from prominent energy sector experts—last year’s speakers included Ellen Williams (Director, ARPA-E), Mauricio Gutierrez (CEO, NRG) and David Brewster (President, EnerNOC). You’ll also have opportunities to network with panelists and attendees (who numbered nearly 500 last year).
  • Compete or watch. Student teams from top graduate schools across the country will square off in the 5th annual Energy in Emerging Markets Case Competition (November 7). In addition, conference-goers can check out promising research from students far and wide at the Energy Research Poster Presentation (November 8).
  • Find out what’s new. The Research Triangle has one of the fastest-growing cleantech sectors in the nation—thanks in part to an active startup culture. Check out Triangle entrepreneurs’ pitches about their innovations at Energy Startup Demo Day (November 9).
  • Check out career development events for Duke students and tours of campus energy facilities.  

Energy Week at Duke is organized by seven student energy clubs across campus, with support from the Duke University Energy Initiative and the Center for Energy, Development and the Global Environment (EDGE) at the Fuqua School of Business. 

Sign up for the Energy Initiative’s email list for updates. Meanwhile, check out this recap of last year’s Energy Week, including videos of 2016 Conference speakers! Interested in event sponsorship, pitching your company at Energy Startup Demo Day, or getting involved in other ways? Contact  

Date & Time
Tuesday, November 7, 2017 - 8:00am to Wednesday, November 8, 2017 - 5:00pm
Portland, Oregon
Annual American Water Resources Association Conference

Policy associate Lauren Patterson will co-present a session on the so-called Internet of Water at the Annual American Water Resources Association Conference in Portland, Oregon, November 7–8.

At the Sharing and Integrating Water Data for Sustainability session (November 7), she will discuss a national framework for sharing and integrating water data for sustainability, presenting findings from a recent Aspen Data Dialogue report, Internet of Water: Sharing and Integrating Water Data for Sustainability. Such a network would allow for real-time transmission of water-related data and information among regional data-sharing communities, revolutionizing how water resources are managed to address water problems such as extreme flooding, scarcity, contamination, and aquatic system degradation. Other presenters will describe the value of open data from the user perspective, California’s role as a data producer and data-sharing community, and the role of the Water Data Exchange, a platform to share and integrate data on water use across western states.

Patterson organized the Sharing and Integrating Water Data for Sustainability session (November 8), which will focus on one of the primary findings and recommendations from the Internet of Water report: the importance of demonstrating the value of open and shared water data to meet water management needs.