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 Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions - June 6, 2013

Upcoming Events

July 25


Baltimore, Maryland 

Lydia Olander, director of the Ecosystem Services Program at the Nicholas Institute, will speak at the 26th Annual International Congress for Conservation Biology Symposium. The event will focus on effective maintenance and restoration of Earth's biological diversity through integrated approaches to conservation.  

For information on other upcoming events, visit the Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions website


In the News

Winston-Salem Journal, Editorial: Industry Can't Set Fracking Rules


Duke Today, Get Your Office Some Green to Go Green


Yahoo! Finance and the Wall Street Journal, Susan Bell Joins National Audubon Society Board of Directors


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NACW 2013: Welcome remarks by Gary Gero, Linda Adams, Tim Profeta
NACW 2013: Welcome remarks by Gary Gero, Linda Adams, Tim Profeta
Study Looks at Landfill Biogas Potential 

landfill biogas Through the use of a new modeling tool, researchers at the Nicholas Institute
for Environmental Policy Solutions examined the options for and costs of sourcing biogas from landfills in North Carolina. The study found that biogas production is possible throughout many existing landfills in the state, but the economic viability of producing biogas at these locations depends on the cost of collecting and conditioning the gas and either using it to produce electric power onsite or transporting it into the existing natural gas pipeline network. In most cases, both the pipeline injection and electricity generation scenarios are more costly than conventional sources in the gas and electricity markets. The state's Renewable Energy and Efficiency Portfolio Standard might offer renewable energy credit payments to help these projects compete. 


New Members Join Board of Advisors

The Nicholas Institute welcomes two new members to its Board of Advisors, William Rosenberg and Douglas Wheeler. Wheeler, an environmental lawyer focused on federal regulatory issues; and Rosenberg, president of E3 Gasification, will serve the board through December 2015.


Pollution Controls Up Beach Attendance

A new study in the journal Marine Pollution Bulletin looks at whether improving the environmental quality of coastal areas through policy intervention has an effect on the way people use these areas. It found Southern California beaches with storm drain diversion systems attract millions more people annually. 


Workshop Showcases Duke's Energy Work

Dozens of Duke researchers, including staff from the Nicholas Institute, recently presented their ongoing energy work and findings at a daylong Energy Research Collaboration Workshop sponsored by the Energy Initiative. Topics ranged from energy modeling to emerging energy policies. 


Pizer Speaks at Annual AAAS Conference

Billy Pizer, faculty fellow at the Nicholas Institute, was among the panelists at the 39th Annual AAAS Forum on Science and Technology Policy. There, experts focused on how misconceptions about the effect of environmental regulations on the economy and jobs are complicating federal efforts to create sound environmental policies.


Institute Leading Climate Project

The Nicholas Institute will be one of the first to have a Bass Connections team of Duke faculty and students who will spend the next year collaborating on key societal issues. The project will center on U.S. climate policy options. 


The Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions helps decision makers create timely, effective, and economically practical solutions to the world's most critical environmental challenges.

Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions, Duke University,
 P.O. Box 90335, Durham, NC 27708.