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Stories for June 2021
Nicholas Institute, Energy Initiative to Merge
Duke University has announced a merger of two of its interdisciplinary units, the Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions and the Duke University Energy Initiative.

“As Duke University heightens its commitment to climate solutions and sustainability, combining the strengths of the Nicholas Institute and Energy Initiative will accelerate the university’s ambitious vision,” explained Duke University Provost Dr. Sally Kornbluth.

The merger process will commence July 1, when Dr. Brian Murray will assume the interim directorship of the newly formed unit. Murray, who has served as Energy Initiative director since 2015, previously led the Nicholas Institute's environmental economics program for 11 years.
Watch: Electricity Market Scholars Discuss
Outcomes and RTO Governance
Three leading energy market scholars and a top practitioner from the clean tech industry joined RTOGov on June 2 for a conversation about decisions that affect the cost and type of electricity that powers American homes and businesses.

RTOGov is a research initiative to evaluate how decisions are made in U.S. electricity markets and whether these governance processes impact real-world outcomes such as price, customer choice, air quality, and innovation. Core partners for RTOGov are:

Lab Provides Comments to SEC About Increasing Climate Risk Disclosure
In June, the Climate Risk Disclosure Lab submitted a detailed comment letter to the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) in response to its request for answers to 15 questions “with an eye toward facilitating the disclosure of consistent, comparable, and reliable information on climate change” to incorporate into financial markets.

Over the course of several weeks, the Lab’s leadership held a series of workshops to discuss the issues raised in the SEC’s request. Recognizing the necessity of immediate action, the letter discusses actions the SEC can take now, under its existing authority, to develop a mandatory climate risk disclosure regime. However, the letter also recognizes that policymaking is a continuous process and contains recommendations for the SEC to purse in the long-term, once an initial climate disclosure rule is in place.

Founded in 2020, the Lab seeks to support those in government, the private sector, and civil society who are working to address climate change and the risks it poses to the global financial system, through effective implementation of climate risk disclosure rules. The Lab is an education and policy development initiative created and led by Duke Law’s Global Financial Markets Center, the National Whistleblower Center, and the Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions at Duke University.
Energy Access Project Launches Blog
Drawing on the expertise of its team, the Energy Access Project at Duke has created the new EAP @Duke blog for discussions of the latest from the world of energy access. The blog will provide an outlet for ideas, ranging from digestible takes on the latest research to commentary on key developments in the space. Most posts will come from the EAP team, but guest posts will occasionally be featured.

The first round of posts include:

You can send ideas for future posts to

John Virdin and Henrik Osterblom

This article in Samudra Report discusses a study that illustrates the deep influences guiding the gilded ocean economy: just 100 companies generated 60 percent of revenues from the largest ocean-based industries in 2018.

Tallis H., Mason S.Olander L., Jacobs C., Goldstein J.

Many of today’s greatest global challenges do not respect traditional sectoral boundaries. Issues like climate change, food insecurity, inequalities, poor nutrition, pollution, water insecurity, pandemics, poverty and many others are rooted in and impact multiple sectors. They demand holistic and integrated solutions that address multiple angles, engage diverse partners, and reach the people and places most in need.

While we know that cross-sector thinking is essential, it is not commonplace. Delivering Bigger Change Faster: A Workbook on Strengthening Proposals for Projects With Cross-sector Impacts, Version 2.0 is a resource for teams that are fairly new to cross-sector thinking but already have a proposal for creating multi-sector impacts.
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