News - Tim Profeta

States and local communities in the United States have increasingly taken the lead on addressing climate change in the absence of federal action, but they lack the resources to meet the scale of the challenge. A pair of new policy briefs from Duke University’s Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions seeks to build a foundation for a federal/state climate partnership by exploring what states need to move forward.

"Policy in the Pandemic" is a new weekly email from the Nicholas Institute intended to start conversations on how COVID-19 is affecting environmental and energy policy. In the inaugural issue, Director Tim Profeta discusses some of the changes that the Nicholas Institute has seen in its work and sets the tone for what readers can expect in the email.

Approaching the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, Tim Profeta, director of the Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions, joined WFAE's Charlotte Talks program to discuss how the political conversation around the environment has changed over time in the United States and the environment's place as an issue in the 2020 election.

Tim Profeta sat down with Duke Today to discuss the basics of his proposal to end the political impasse in the United States over reducing greenhouse gas emissions: a federal-state partnership.

To quickly achieve real solutions to climate change, Congress should strongly consider a model that has been successfully proven through our nation’s history: the federal-state partnership, writes Tim Profeta in an op-ed for The Hill.

Climate change is among the greatest collective action challenges in history, requiring solutions that meet the scale and urgency of the problem. Yet progress on reducing greenhouse gas emissions has stalled in the United States in recent years.

On Thursday, Tim Profeta, director of Duke University's Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions, will meet with Congressional leaders to outline a potential path for overcoming the national political stalemate on the issue and achieving "fast and significant climate action." 

The Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions is giving Duke University students a workout—for their environmental policy knowledge.

More than 40 students crammed into the fifth-floor boardroom of Grainger Hall on a Friday afternoon to get answers to their questions about the inner workings of Congress. The session was the first in a series of Policy Boot Camps that will feature Nicholas Institute professionals sharing their expertise engaging directly with decision-making institutions. 

Push-ups are being replaced by policy at the Nicholas Institute’s boot camps. 

Aimed at increasing student fluency in engaging with policy making institutions, the boot camps will draw from the experience of four policy experts and cover ways to engage with Congress, federal agencies and international institutions, reports The Chronicle.

Tim Profeta, director of the Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions, kicked off the first boot camp Oct. 25 to focus on the workings of Congress.

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf's decision to join the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative is significant because it marks the largest expansion since the inception of the decade-old carbon market, which would now include all of the Mid-Atlantic states and the Northeast, reports NJ Spotlight. “As one of the largest emitters of greenhouse gases in the country, Pennsylvania’s action will have a real impact on the fight against climate change," said Tim Profeta.

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf today initiated a process for his state to join the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI), a cap-and-trade program to reduce emissions from the power sector in New England and Mid-Atlantic states. Pennsylvania ranks third nationally in electricity production and fourth in carbon dioxide emissions, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration.