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Sustainable Infrastructure: A Duke Climate Collaboration Symposium

20 March @ 8:00 am - 22 March @ 5:00 pm EDT

March 20, 9 a.m. to 10:30 EST – Panel: What is Sustainable Infrastructure? Building Consensus to Accelerate Financing, Washington, DC

During this panel discussion, experts will examine the merits, challenges, and opportunities related to different approaches to spur investment and construction of sustainable, quality infrastructure. Panelists will aim to identify opportunities and challenges to advance the global adoption of sustainability standards, indices, and policies that mobilize public and private finance.

Russell Singer (U.S. Department of State), Cristina Contreras (Sinfranova), and Pratima Singh (Economist Impact) will provide insights on approaches such as Blue Dot Network, Envision, Infrastructure for Good, and others. Elizabeth Losos (Nicholas Institute for Energy, Environment & Sustainability, Duke University) will moderate the panel.

➡ Register for the panel here:

March 21 – Public Forum: Ensuring that the infrastructure we build today creates the world we want tomorrow, Durham, NC

A public panel discussion (5-6:30 p.m., 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).

March 22, – Workshop: Infrastructure sustainability peer learning (invite only)

We will be holding a day-long workshop on infrastructure sustainability peer learning.  The purpose of the workshop is to further develop the Infrastructure Sustainability Learning (ISLe) Initiative. This case-based, peer-learning initiative — adapted from the renowned Project ECHO model in the health sector — aims to build capacity among sustainable infrastructure practitioners (e.g. engineers, developers, government planners, community leaders) through collaborative learning and problem solving in virtual communities of practice.

The workshop at Duke will gather experts to design and develop three ISLe networks focused on the themes of:

  1. Sustainable and resilient infrastructure rebuilding (disaster preparedness and recovery)
  2. Nature-positive infrastructure solutions
  3. Climate and sustainability engineering curricula.

Representatives from Project ECHO will assist with the program facilitation and development.

➡ See Details on the Durham-based events here:


20 March @ 8:00 am EDT
22 March @ 5:00 pm EDT