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Panel Discussion: Ensuring that the Infrastructure We Build Today Creates the World We Want Tomorrow

Wind turbines on a hillside at sunrise. Text: "Sustainable Infrastructure: A Duke Climate Collaboration Symposium. March 20-22, 2024. 3/20, 9-10:30 a.m. ET - Panel at Duke in DC (live stream). 3/21, 5-6:30 p.m. ET - Panel, reception to follow in Durham. 3/22 - Invite-only workshop in Durham. Learn more & register:" Logos for Duke Climate Commitment, International Coalition for Sustainable Infrastructure, UN Environment Programme, and World Wildlife Fund.
Thursday, March 21, 2024
5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
Sustainable Infrastructure: A Duke Climate Collaboration Symposium

The United States is making its largest infrastructure investment in a generation through the Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill, building out energy, transportation, telecommunication, and water sanitation systems across the country. Meanwhile, internationally, the G7 nations have pledged $600 billion in public and private infrastructure investments to address the global infrastructure gap for emerging markets and developing economies.

This massive infrastructure build-out could play a significant role in advancing global decarbonization, climate adaptation, and sustainable development-or in keeping the world on a business-as-usual trajectory. What will it take to direct these investments toward sustainable, resilient infrastructure?

A public panel discussion (5-6:30 p.m. ET, followed by reception) will address opportunities and key barriers to advancing climate-resilient, sustainable infrastructure development in the U.S. and abroad. Leaders from the private sector, public sector, non-governmental organizations, and academia will explore bottlenecks to the adoption of sustainable, resilient infrastructure and identify solutions to address these obstacles.

Jerome Lynch, Vinik Dean of Duke University's Pratt School of Engineering, will moderate the panel, which will include insights from experts Motoko Aizawa (Independent Consultant), Anita van Breda (World Wildlife Fund), Todd Bridges (University of Georgia), Roni Deitz (Arcadis), and Rowan Palmer (United Nations Environment Programme).

The panel discussion will be followed by an hourlong networking reception. All are welcome; advance registration is required.


This event is part of "Sustainable Infrastructure: A Duke Climate Collaboration Symposium" (March 20-22), which is organized by Duke University's Nicholas Institute for Energy, Environment & Sustainability and Pratt School of Engineering in partnership with the United Nations Environment Programme, International Coalition for Sustainable Infrastructure, and World Wildlife Fund.

The three-day symposium is the second of the Duke Climate Collaboration Symposia, a series of convenings designed to accelerate climate solutions by developing new collaborations among Duke scholars and external partners. The series is funded by a gift from The Duke Endowment in support of the Duke Climate Commitment, which unites the university's education, research, operations, and public service missions to address the climate crisis.