UPEP fosters interaction among students, Duke faculty, faculty at neighboring universities (in particular North Carolina State University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill), and visiting researchers by co-sponsoring two seminar series that meet regularly during the academic year:
- Environmental Institutions Seminar Series (held at Duke)
- Triangle Resource and Environmental Economics Seminar Series (held at Research Triangle Institute).
- UPEP also runs its own internal seminar, currently roughly every other Friday, in which mostly students present to the other students and faculty
Students can also participate in numerous other seminars sponsored by the Nicholas School, the Sanford School, the Departments of Economics and Political Science, and other Duke schools, departments, institutes, and centers.