Business leaders and Biden administration officials will convene with Duke University faculty at a one-day summit next week to create a shared vision for unleashing private capital for climate solutions.

Speakers at “From Billions to Trillions” on Wednesday, Feb. 28, at the Fuqua School of Business will offer insights on how recent legislation will impact and stimulate private green investment. The Inflation Reduction Act, the CHIPS Act and the bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act have provided an influx of federal funding to advance the transition to clean energy and help communities adapt to climate impacts.

Speakers from across financial backgrounds came together Thursday afternoon to discuss the role of risk science and the insurance sector in assessing and managing climate risks and implementing climate resilience solutions, reported The Chronicle. The symposium, hosted by the Nicholas Institute and Duke RESILE, is the first in the new Climate Collaboration Symposia series, funded by a gift from The Duke Endowment in support of the Climate Commitment.

An executive order signed Monday by North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper launched an ambitious initiative to conserve and restore the state's forests and wetlands, reports Coastal Review. Katie Warnell, senior policy associate at the Nicholas Institute, said the order also addresses many data gaps and limitations that "hinder planning for the sustainable management of North Carolina’s lands and waters."

A coalition of experts has launched a free online training course to shed light on the impact of small-scale fisheries and help governments and nonprofit organizations collect crucial data, writes the Oak Foundation. The course is part of a wider effort to create guidelines for decision-makers on governing small-scale fisheries by a coalition, including Duke University.

North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper issued an executive order Monday to permanently conserve and reforest North Carolina’s wetlands and to plant urban trees, activities that could replenish 3 million acres by 2040, reports NC Newsline. "The order’s ambitious goals for land conservation and restoration will preserve and enhance the many benefits North Carolina’s natural and working lands provide to everyone who lives in or visits the state," said Katie Warnell, senior policy associate at the Nicholas Institute.

North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper on Monday signed an executive order designed to support sustainable management of the state’s forests, farms and wetlands. In North Carolina, these natural and working lands provide numerous social, economic and environmental benefits, including sequestering carbon and supporting ecosystem and community resilience. Nicholas Institute experts Lydia Olander and Katie Warnell provided comments for the media.

A new e-learning course is supporting countries’ efforts to collect data on the impact of small-scale fisheries using an approach developed by experts from the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), Duke University and WorldFish.

The Duke Climate Collaboration Symposia, a new event series launching in mid-February, will help identify opportunities for Duke University to make the most of its interdisciplinary expertise and convening power for meaningful impact on climate challenges.

The series is funded by a gift from The Duke Endowment in support of the Duke Climate Commitment, which unites the university’s education, research, operations, and public service missions to address the climate crisis.

Ashley Ward, Director of the Heat Policy Innovation Hub, joined 97.9's "The Hill" on Thurs., Feb. 1 for their annual Forum on the Hill, presented by Chapel Hill Downtown Partnership and UNC Health. Ward spoke with fellow climate experts John Richardson (Town of Chapel Hill) and Emily Sutton (Haw River Assembly) in an hour-long conversation on how local communities can best prepare for our changing climate.

A new initiative will bring top thought leaders on climate change to Duke University to share insights and expertise, sparking discussion and action. The Climate Leaders in Residence (CLIR) will enrich student learning and collaborate with Duke faculty and staff on climate research and initiatives. The inaugural Climate Leader in Residence is Francis Bouchard, managing director for climate at Marsh McLennan, a global professional services company specializing in risk management and insurance.