The Bass Connections initiative provides students across Duke with greater exposure to inquiry across the disciplines, partnership with unlikely collaborators, sustained mentorship in teams, and the chance to experience the intersections of the academy and the broader world.

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Bass Connections offers a team-oriented research experience, striking a careful balance between the depth of knowledge needed to understand a problem from one discipline and the breadth across several disciplines needed to understand that problem in all its complexity. 

For more information on all Bass Connections themes, visit Bass Connections Central.

Bass Connections in Energy and Environment

From improving how individuals and companies make energy- and environment-related investments under uncertain conditions, to addressing the environmental impacts of energy, Bass Connections in Energy and Environment cuts across business, engineering, policy, and science to educate tomorrow’s energy and environment leaders, create new options through research, and improve decision-making about our world. 

View a full list of current and past Bass Connections in Energy and Environment project teams.

Through Bass Connections in Energy and Environment, Duke students – at all levels, in all programs of study – gain the knowledge, skills, and experiences needed to play leadership roles in a rapidly evolving global future. 

Bass Connections in Energy and Environment raises the stakes for students and faculty by crossing boundaries through problem-focused education—boundaries among disciplines, educational levels, and schools; geographic boundaries; and boundaries between the university, business, civil society, and government.


Bass Connections in Energy is led by Lori Bennear, associate professor of environmental economics and policy in the Nicholas School of the Environment.


Please direct questions about Bass Connections in Energy and Environment to our theme administrator:

Bryan Koen
Education Program Coordinator
Duke University Energy Initiative
(919) 613-1311

Mailing Address

Duke University Energy Initiative
Box 90467
Durham, NC 27708

Street / Delivery Address

Duke University Energy Initiative
140 Science Drive
Gross Hall, Suite 101
Durham, NC 27708