New Duke Group to Tackle Climate Policy Issues

New Duke Group to Tackle Climate Policy Issues


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Monday, February 6, 2012

CONTACT: Erin McKenzie
(919) 613-3652  

DURHAM, N.C. – Ensuring a climate policy can be sustainable means fully understanding its costs, benefits and potential impacts on existing policies. A new working group at Duke University is poised to help stakeholders better answer these and other questions.

The Climate Policy Working Group—a joint effort of the Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions and Duke’s Energy Initiative—will examine the future of climate policy in the United States and look to ways researchers here can inform debate under the current political landscape.

The working group was created as a venue not only to highlight ongoing climate policy-focused research on campus, but also explore opportunities for Duke researchers to collaborate on new work monthly. Jonas Monast, director of the Nicholas Institute’s Climate and Energy Program, and Richard Newell, director of the Energy Initiative, will chair the group.

“There is a wealth of experience across Duke University that can inform climate policy discussions,” said Monast. “This working group will provide a venue for scholars to discuss ongoing research and to explore opportunities for new interdisciplinary projects.”

The new working group joins several others already on campus, which the Nicholas Institute helped establish. These working groups are focused on ecosystem servicesenvironmental economics and water.

For more information on the Climate Policy Working Group, contact Monast or Newell.