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Institute for Economics and the Environment

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The Institute for Economics and the Environment (IEE) at Portland State University serves as a locus for investigation, discussion and training where the economy and the environment meet.

We offer seminars and community outreach events that address some of the key environmental issues facing our city, the region and the world. Connect with us to learn more about our executive courses, research projects and events!


To view the Fall 2015 Environment, Economics and You Speaker series presentations featuring Dr. James W. Boyd and Dr. Charles Kolstad, please see our Event Photo and Content webpage. 

Carbon Pricing

Pricing carbon is a critical step

to reduce greenhouse gas emissions

and climate change. The Oregon Economists’ Letter in Support of a Carbon Tax in Oregon, which has been signed by thirty-six professional economists, argues for implementing a largely revenue neutral carbon pricing system in Oregon.  Additional professional economists can sign the letter by emailing Ms. Anh Ly.

Watch the video from an expert panel held in April 2014, which examined carbon taxes in Oregon.

Read The Portland Business Journal's article The Cost of Carbon: Economists urge Salem to make polluters pay.



Learn about research projects undertaken by IEE faculty

members and students that focus on economics and the environment. IEE projects include research by Portland State University students on ecosystem services from Portland’s Forest Park conducted in collaboration with the Forest Park Conservancy, deforestation in Nepal   and evaluating improved cook stoves in Ethiopia.  

Read policy briefs on carbon sequestration, biogas use and community forestry in Nepal!

The Forest Park Conservancy project reports are available to view on our Forest Park and the City project page.


 Public Events

See all the pastpresent and future events hosted by IEE.

All events are free and open to everyone





















The Forest Park Conservancy project reports are available to view on our Forest Park and the City project page

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The Portland Business Journal has published an article quoting director of the PSU Institute for Economics and the Environment Randall Bluffstone as saying:

"What we’re saying is that a carbon pricing policy done right is an efficient, effective, fair and transparent way for Oregon to help reduce the potentially catastrophic effects of climate change "

 For more information, visit our news feed.