Jonas J. Monast

Senior Lecturing Fellow


Jonas J. Monast directs the climate and energy program at Duke University’s Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions and teaches Energy, Environment and the Law at Duke Law School. His work focuses on the interaction of energy policies at various levels of government, regulatory options for reducing greenhouse gas emissions, the intersection of financial markets and climate policy, and outreach to policymakers and stakeholders. He served as an advisor to the Western Climate Initiative’s Market Oversight Task Group and coordinated the Nicholas Institute’s Carbon Market Initiative.

Prior to joining Duke, Monast worked as an attorney in the Corporate Social Responsibility Practice at Foley Hoag, where he advised clients on emerging legal and reputational risks regarding social, environmental, and ethical issues. Jonas also served as a congressional fellow for the late Senator Paul Wellstone and as legislative counsel for the Center for Responsible Lending.

Monast’s forthcoming and recent publications include “Rebuilding the Clean Energy Agenda: Addressing Energy Challenges with a ‘Venture Policy’ Framework” (with Jan Mazurek & Tim Profeta, in progess); “A Cooperative Federalism Framework for CCS Regulation,” Environmental & Energy Law & Policy Journal (with Brooks Pearson and Lincoln Pratson, accepted for publication); “The United States, China, and the Competition for Clean Energy,” Nicholas Institute Policy Brief (with Brian Murray, Chi-Jen Yang, & Justine Chow); “Carbon Offsets and Environmental Impacts: NEPA, the Endangered Species Act, and Federal Climate Policy,” 28 Pace Envtl. L. Rev. 377 (with David Cooley); “Avoiding the Glorious Mess: A Sensible Approach to Climate Change and the Clean Air Act,” Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions, (with Tim Profeta & David Cooley, October 2010); and “Climate Change and Financial Markets: Regulating the Trade Side of Cap-and-Trade,” 40 ELR 10051 (2010).

Monast received his BA from Appalachian State University in 1995 and his JD in 2002 from the Georgetown University Law Center, where he was editor of the Georgetown International Environmental Law Review.