DURHAM- At a three-day summit on September 20 -22, Duke University plans to launch its new Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions. Decisions makers and leaders will come together from industry, government, environmental groups and science at the world-class event. To date, scheduled keynote and plenary speakers include:

  • Jared M. Diamond, a renowned evolutionary biologist and the author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning book “Guns, Germs and Steel: The Fate of Human Societies”
  • William K. Reilly, chair of the World Wildlife Fund board, former head of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and chair of the advisory board for the Nicholas Institute
  • Russell Train, chairman emeritus of the World Wildlife Fund and former EPA head under two presidents

The focus of the Summit is “the great environmental challenges of our age, and breaking down the political barriers to effective action,” says Timothy H. Profeta, director of the Nicholas Institute and senior associate dean of the Nicholas School of the Environment and Earth Sciences at Duke.

The Nicholas Institute was made possible through a $70 million gift to the Nicholas School by Peter and Ginny Nicholas of Boston. Designed to have a global reach, the institute will marshal the broad resources of
Duke University — including the Duke Law School, the Fuqua School of
Business and the Nicholas School– to provide independent analysis on key environmental issues to corporate and environmental leaders, policy makers and the news media. It is the only environmental policy institute of its kind with a resident faculty.

Agenda and speakers lists are available online at