Thought-Provoking Conversations on the Environment
Based out of Duke’s Nicholas School of the Environment, the mission of the Environmental Academy is to inspire our alumni, friends and the broader Duke community through environmental thought leadership discussions on issues affecting our planet. It includes lecture series, podcasts and discussions on the Nicholas School’s interdisciplinary environmental academic and research initiatives.
Join Nicholas School of the Environment faculty Brian Silliman, Rachel Carson Distinguished Professor of Marine Conservation Biology, with guests Jeff Vincent, Clarence F. Korstian Professor of Forest Economics and Management, Nicholas Institute faculty, Lydia Olander, Director of the Ecosystem Services Program and John Virdin, Director of the Ocean and Coastal Policy Program, for an interdisciplinary discussion of innovative approaches to global ecosystem restoration. Using examples from marine and terrestrial systems, they will explore opportunities and challenges associated with using ecological and economic knowledge and technology to support the sustainability and scaling of restoration initiatives.
Wednesday, April 28, 2021
7:30 - 9:00pm EDT
Amplifying Environmental Justice
The concept of environmental justice can provide a useful means for communities disproportionately impacted by environmental degradation or lack access to environmental benefits to examine, explain and fight for fair treatment and meaningful involvement in defining and implementing solutions.
Join the discussion with environmental professionals as they share the challenges and opportunities they face, both personally and professionally, as they engage on issues of environmental justice.
- Sherri White-Williamson, Environmental Justice Policy Director, North Carolina Conservation Network
- Melanie Allen, Co-Director, Hive Fund
- Yesenia Cuello, Executive Director, NC Field
This panel was held on Thursday, April 1, 2021.
Impact Investing in Water Infrastructure
Join Nicholas School of the Environment faculty Martin Doyle, Professor of River System Science and Policy, with guests Emma Rasiel, Teaching Director of the Duke Financial Economics Center and Professor of the Practice of Economics, and Nicholas School alumnus Jason Lee F’17, Associate Director at Quantified Ventures, for a discussion on water as an investable asset. These leading research faculty and Duke alum will discuss finance and the environment, sharing insights on the rising number of opportunities at the intersection of impact investing and environmental conservation.
This event was held on Wednesday, March 24, 2021.
Managing Your Organization's Footprint
Most of us think about how our personal behaviors can be modified to lighten our impact on the planet. But, we sometimes neglect to fully consider how the organizations we work for play a role in setting environmental leadership behaviors. Join the discussion with leading Nicholas School alumni from the public, private and non-profit sectors work to learn how they manage their organizations’ environmental footprint.
- Katya Hantel MEM‘12, Senior Director, Sustainability at Conagra Brands
Cam Sholly MEM’10, Superintendent, Yellowstone National Park
Dale Threatt Taylor MEM’11, Executive Director, The Nature Conservancy – South Carolina Chapter
This event was held on Thursday, March 18, 2021.
Environmental Rollbacks and the Impacts
Recently, on behalf of the Nicholas School Board of Visitors, members Dorry Kee T’74, Jim Fuechsel T’76, and Dr. Mamie Parker, participated in a thought-provoking conversation on the current challenges and approaches to environmental rollbacks and their impacts on the energy sector and climate change along with Nicholas School faculty members through a new program called 'Nic@Night'.
Impacts in the Energy Sector
The first event was a discussion with Lori Bennear, Juli Plant Grainger Associate Professor of Energy Economics and Policy; and Tim Johnson, Professor of the Practice of Energy and the Environment and Chair of Energy & Environmental Programs where they discussed environmental rollbacks impact in the energy sector.
Impacts on climate change
The second event was a discussion with Megan Mullin, Dan and Bunny Gabel, Associate Professor of Environmental Politics; and Drew Shindell, Nicholas Distinguished Professor of Earth Science, where the conversation shifted to environmental rollbacks impact on climate change.
More Ways to Engage
Professional Trainings & Workshops
The Nicholas School Executive Education programs are designed with the working environmental professional in mind, focusing on courses that will hone your skills and develop your ability to spearhead environmental change in your organization.
Environmental OLLI Courses
The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at Duke is a learning community of more than 2,270 members offering more than 400 courses annually. Upcoming courses include:
Journey along with Duke alumni, parents and friends to fascinating places to learn and connect with Duke faculty and host leaders. The Nicholas School has partnered on four programs starting in March 2022 traveling to Magdalena Bay (Mexico), Alaska, Galápagos and Antarctica.
OCeans Webinar Series
The Future of Our Oceans is an event series created to share new research-based insights, explore complex and contested questions, and ultimately shed new light on how to balance human demands and ocean health.
The series was created by Oceans@Duke, an interdisciplinary network of faculty and students at Duke University.
Professional development Series
The Leading the Change speaker series connects students with the Nicholas School's broad network of alumni and friends to develop well-rounded graduates equipped to enact needed organizational changes to advance environmental and social pursuits in the world.
Building a Sustainable Future
Getting to a more sustainable future will not be easy. The threats faced by current and future generations are monumental. Climate change is altering our environment and disrupting crucial food and water systems. To stop destructive processes and create sustainable solutions, we need knowledge, vision and leadership.
We need to be bold. And we need your help.