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Posted On: Wednesday, May 25, 2022 - 9:11 am

This year, six emerging scholars from Duke University, North Carolina State University, and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill will take part in a unique Duke-based program aimed at preparing energy and climate innovators to make an impact.

Pete Nicholas speaking at a Nicholas Institute event, 2017
Posted On: Monday, May 16, 2022 - 10:09 am

Peter M. Nicholas, a Duke alumnus whose volunteer leadership across more than three decades on the Board of Trustees, fundraising campaigns and school advisory boards was invaluable in advancing Duke’s teaching and research mission, died May 14 at his home in Boca Grande, FL. He was 80.

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Posted On: Friday, May 13, 2022 - 2:50 pm

The first round of University-Wide Collaboration Grants on Climate Change will fund eight Duke University faculty teams to lay the groundwork for new research on climate change and its impacts. The teams will investigate topics including planetary engineering, climate justice, low-carbon heating and cooling methods, lithium mining, agricultural histories, coastal resilience, and the impacts of extreme weather on forest ecosystems.

Posted On: Friday, May 06, 2022 - 6:41 pm

Energy efficiency provides a least-cost option for meeting energy demand while also lowering energy bills and reducing greenhouse gas emissions. In 2019, the Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions published the North Carolina Energy Efficiency Roadmap outlining 32 recommendations for enhancing energy efficiency in the state of North Carolina. This policy brief provides a two-year update on the status of those recommendations.

Posted On: Friday, May 06, 2022 - 6:38 pm

The recently merged Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions and Duke University Energy Initiative benefited from the work of 55 dedicated student assistants during the 2021–2022 academic year. The interdisciplinary crew of student assistants hailed from undergraduate and graduate degree programs across seven Duke schools. They brought diverse skillsets and perspectives to their roles, further developing their expertise by working on real-world projects advancing environmental progress. 

Posted On: Wednesday, Apr 27, 2022 - 2:31 pm

Pennsylvania is set to join the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI), a cap-and-trade program for power plants encompassing 12 Northeastern states. In an interview with Scientific American, Duke University expert Brian Murray explained why this move will strengthen RGGI's effectiveness.   

Murray, a research professor at the Nicholas School of the Environment and Sanford School of Public Policy, is interim director of the Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions and Duke University Energy Initiative. 

World map overlaid on a view of ocean with sunrise. Text: 2022 Gilman Climate Leaders Virtual Seminar Series. At bottom: American flag, logos for U.S. State Department, Gilman Scholars
Posted On: Monday, Mar 21, 2022 - 5:08 pm

Duke University experts will share insights about international climate policy with university students across the nation in a free virtual seminar series funded by the U.S. Department of State. The Gilman Climate Leaders Virtual Seminar Series is also open to the Duke community, including students, faculty, staff, and alumni.

Posted On: Tuesday, Mar 01, 2022 - 1:39 pm

Apply now to be a 2022 Energy Week Co-Chair. This role is an opportunity for two students to step into major leadership roles and oversee the end-to-end production of Energy Week. This is a great position for students looking to grow their leadership experience and engage deeply with the energy community at Duke and beyond. 

Posted On: Thursday, Jan 27, 2022 - 2:22 pm

Five Duke University faculty have been named 2021 Fellows of the American Association for Advancement of the Sciences (AAAS) in recognition of their efforts on behalf of the advancement of science or its applications in service to society.

Among the Duke faculty fellows is Lydia Olander, Ph.D., director of the Ecosystem Services Program at the Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions (the Duke unit with which the Energy Initiative is merging). An adjunct professor in environmental sciences and policy in the Nicholas School of the Environment, Olander is being cited for “distinguished contributions of the field of ecosystem services, particularly for developing and promulgating methods to enhance environmental sustainability.” 

Energy Initiative Faculty Advisory Committee member Emily Klein, Ph.D., is another of the new Duke fellows. A university distinguished professor and chair of earth and climate sciences in the Nicholas School of the Environment, Klein studies the composition of basalts on the ocean floor. She is being recognized for “Distinguished contributions to understanding the formation of oceanic lithosphere throughout the world’s oceans.”  

Posted On: Wednesday, Jan 19, 2022 - 12:40 pm

The University-Wide Collaboration Grants on Climate aim to spark development of new research teams across Duke focused on one or more priority areas: energy transformation, climate resilience, natural climate solutions, climate and data, and climate and social justice. The grants—open to Duke faculty and research staff in ALL disciplines—can be used to fund a variety of collaborative activities that will help drive development of a university-wide research agenda for climate impact. As many as five rounds of funding will be offered over the next three years; the deadline for the first round of proposals is Feb. 18, 2022.