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Tim Profeta, Associate Professor of the Practice of Public Policy and Director, Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions  

Office Location: 2117 Campus Drive
Office Phone: (919) 613-8709
Email Address: thp5@duke.edu
Web Page: http://www.nicholasinstitute.duke.edu/about/people/timothy-profeta

Areas of Expertise

  • Environment and Energy, Environmental Law, Regulation and Policy

JD, Duke University, 1997
MEM, Duke University, 1997

Research Categories: climate change policy design; analysis of legal authority to address climate and energy challenges, the Clean Air Act, adaptive use of current environmental laws for evolving environmental challenges

Teaching (Fall 2015):

  • Energy 395.09, Connections in energy: project Synopsis
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  • Energy 795.09, Connections in energy: project Synopsis
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Tim Profeta is the founding director of the Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions. Since 2005, the institute has grown into a major nonpartisan player in key environmental debates, serving both the public and private sectors with sound understanding of complex environmental issues. 

Prior to his arrival at Duke, Profeta served as counsel for the environment to Sen. Joseph Lieberman (D-CT). As Lieberman’s counsel, he was a principal architect of the Lieberman-McCain Climate Stewardship Act of 2003. He also represented Lieberman in legislative negotiations pertaining to environmental and energy issues, as well as coordinated the senator’s energy and environmental portfolio during his runs for national office. 

Profeta has continued to use his experience on Capitol Hill to engage in the most pertinent debates surrounding climate change. Since 2005, his work has included the development of proposals with four senate offices to contain costs while maintaining environmental integrity under a cap-and-trade program. 

Profeta has served as visiting lecturer at Duke Law School, where he taught a weekly seminar on the evolution of environmental law and the Endangered Species Act. He has also co-taught a course on Corporate Sustainability and Climate Change with the Duke Executive Education Program. Profeta earned a law degree from Duke and an undergraduate degree from Yale University.

Tim Profeta