Nicholas Institute @ Duke – October  2019
Boot Camps Offer Students
Environmental Policy Basics—and Pizza
More than 40 students crammed into the fifth-floor boardroom of Grainger Hall on a Friday afternoon for the first in a series of Policy Boot Camps from the Nicholas Institute. In the opening session, Director Tim Profeta had a free-flowing discussion with students over pizza about the formal and informal ways that environmental policy is made in Congress.

The Nicholas Institute will hold three more boot camps in November featuring professionals sharing their experience engaging directly with policy-making institutions. Details can be found at
Register Now for Energy Week at Duke
Curious about the future of energy? Care about climate change? Seeking an energy career?

Energy Week at Duke ( Monday, Nov. 4 Thursday, Nov. 7) includes the Duke University Energy Conference (Wednesday, Nov. 6) along with a film screening, career events, competitions, workshops, innovation showcase, and more! This student-organized event series is supported by the Duke University Energy Initiative, the Center for Energy, Development and the Global Environment (EDGE), and many corporate sponsors.
Happy Halloween from the Nicholas Institute
Student Publications

Sean Maddex, MEM '19, Duke University Nicholas School of the Environment

Electric vehicle (EV) adoption has taken off and is expected to represent as much as one-third of the world’s motor fleet within 20 years. As EV adoption grows, the distribution and deployment of charging infrastructure becomes of critical importance. New issues arise and new policy and regulation must be developed to support this build-out. Financial incentives are one of the policy tools being used to support the deployment of EV charging infrastructure to meet the growing demand. This paper analyzes the deployment of EV charging infrastructure over time and the related financial incentives.
Upcoming Events
  • Policy Boot Camps. Fridays, November 1, 15, and 22, 3–5 p.m. Grainger Hall, Board Room (Room 5109).

  • Energy Mix. Tuesday, November 5, 5–7 p.m. Gross Hall, Energy Hub.

In the News
Programs that use creative pathways to fund and enlist farmers in agricultural conservation are the subject of a new report aimed at calling attention to the various ways states are innovating so that others can follow suit, writes Civil Eats. Recent Duke University graduates John Feldmann and Vincent Gauthier were coauthors as part of their master’s thesis, which was advised by  Lydia Olander and  Randall Kramer , professor at the Nicholas School of the Environment.
Small-scale fisheries are central to solving many problems in the oceans, such as overfishing or loss of natural habitats, as well as on land by addressing poverty and hunger in places where jobs and quality nutrition are limited, write John Virdin and the Nicholas School of the Environment's Xavier Basurto for The Conversation.
Martin Doyle spoke with scilog on the sidelines of the Symposium of the International Society for River Science about the challenges of bridging research and policy, regaining trust in public institutions, one-page memos, and windows of opportunity.
Student Internships