Environmental Economics Program to Provide Forum for Policymakers, Scholars and Advocates

Contact: Shannon Quinn
Phone: 617- 496-9308
Contact Organization: Environmental Economics Program
Date: April 27, 2001

CAMBRIDGE, Mass — As environmental issues top the national agenda and the nation awaits the actions of a new Administration, policymakers struggle to balance the need to fuel the economy with the responsibility to protect the environment.
The new Environmental Economics Program at Harvard University (EEPHU) will provide a forum for policymakers, scholars and advocates to grapple with such difficult questions as whether the Environmental Protection Agency should consider costs as well as benefits when determining regulatory targets; or what level of carbon reductions are appropriate to limit global climate change; and whether the U.S. should open the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil exploration as dependence on foreign oil pushes prices higher.
Under the direction of Professor Robert Stavins, chair of the Environmental Economics Advisory Committee of the EPA’s Science Advisory Board and a member of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, EEPHU develops curricula, sponsors research projects, and convenes conferences to further the understanding of the critical issues in environmental economics in the U.S. and around the world. EEPHU is jointly sponsored by the Center for Business and Government at the Kennedy School of Government and the University Center for the Environment.
EEPHU brings together for the first time 17 faculty members—all leaders in their field—from the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Kennedy School of Government, the Law School, the Business School, the School of Design, and the School of Public Health. The university-wide program also boasts 17 pre-doctoral fellows and encompasses four different doctoral programs: economics, pubic policy, political economy and government, and health policy.
"No institution in the world compares with Harvard in the breadth and depth of our faculty's expertise in environmental and resource economics, with that capability spread across many units of the University," Stavins said. "The Environmental Economics Program capitalizes on this diversity of interests, and places Harvard in the forefront of institutions engaging in cutting-edge research, teaching, and high-quality outreach to the national and international policy communities."
The program’s new website explores on-going research, highlights top experts and provides a variety of resources such as publications and events. "Issue of the Month" focuses on environmental legislation, regulations and court decisions at the center of the debate while "Faculty Spotlight" highlights the work of a selected member of EEPHU’s affiliated faculty.
Lori Snyder, EEPHU Program Coordinator and Pre-Doctoral Fellow, will be in charge of the dynamic new website. Under her direction, the site will feature cutting edge research, recently published reports and the latest information on topics in environmental economics across the various disciplines encompassed by EEPHU faculty and pre-doctoral fellows.
"Before I began working with the Environmental Economics Program, I was aware of only a small fraction of the research being conducted at Harvard at the intersection of economics and environmental policy," Snyder said. "The new website captures the breadth of Harvard’s expertise and also allows more detailed exploration of particular research topics. There is now one place to go to find the highest-quality research on some of today’s most pressing environmental problems."
In its mission to foster new ways of thinking about the complex interrelationship between the business and government, the Center for Business and Government conducts groundbreaking policy-oriented research, develops innovative curriculum and promotes public understanding by convening business leaders, scholars, policy makers, civic organizations and members of the media to discuss critical issues at the intersection of business and government.
For more information, contact Lori Snyder at (617) 384-7546.

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