What is Sustainable Infrastructure?

Panel Discussion at Duke in DC

What is Sustainable Infrastructure?
Building Consensus to Accelerate Financing 

Wednesday, March 20, 9 – 10:30 a.m. ET
Continental breakfast at 8:15 a.m. ET, networking at 10:30 – 11 a.m. ET 

Panel discussion at Duke in DC
1201 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Suite 500, Washington, D.C.
Part of Sustainable Infrastructure: A Duke Climate Collaboration Symposium  

Public- and private-sector investors are seeking to advance sustainable, quality infrastructure to improve economic productivity, transition to a low-carbon economy, promote social wellbeing, and build climate resilience.  

Yet most new infrastructure isn’t fulfilling these goals. The disconnect often comes down to a lack of consensus on how to identify sustainable and resilient infrastructure projects and their benefits. Numerous global initiatives are competing to define these characteristics—leading to a confusing landscape for financiers and developers alike. 

During this panel discussion on Wednesday, March 20, at Duke in DC, 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), Pratima Singh (Economist Impact), Anthony Kane (Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure), and William Phillips (Mott MacDonald) will provide insights on approaches such as Blue Dot Network, Infrastructure for Good, Envision, and others. Elizabeth Losos (Nicholas Institute for Energy, Environment & Sustainability, Duke University) will moderate the panel. 

Advance registration is required for in-person attendance and for livestreaming. 


This event is part of Sustainable Infrastructure: A Duke Climate Collaboration Symposium, taking place March 20-22 in Washington, D.C., and Durham, North Carolina. This symposium 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. Each symposium focuses on identifying opportunities for Duke University to make the most of its interdisciplinary expertise and convening power for meaningful impact on climate challenges. 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.

Additional support for the ISLe Initiative is provided by the Schmidt Initiative for Long Covid. 


Contact Philip Hollingsworth (philip.hollingsworth@duke.edu).

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