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Kate Konschnik

Director, Climate & Energy at Duke Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions
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Kate Konschnik directs the Climate & Energy Program at the Duke Nicholas Institute and is a Senior Lecturing Fellow at Duke Law School. Kate’s work focuses on the electricity sector policy related to decarbonization and deployment of clean energy resources. Kate also has worked extensively on governance of unconventional oil and gas production, and spent three months studying methane abatement policy at the IEA in Paris in 2019-2020.

Kate joined Duke from Harvard Law School, where she founded and directed the Harvard Environmental Policy Initiative and taught Oil and Gas Law. Previously, Konschnik served as Chief Environmental Counsel to U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse. Kate began her legal career as an Environmental Enforcement Trial Attorney at the Department of Justice. Kate earned a law degree with honors at the University of California, Hastings College of the Law, and a bachelor’s degree in political science from Tufts University.