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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!



Michael Toman, Lead Economist for Climate Change, The World Bank

We Need Technology Breakthroughs as Well as Emissions Reductions to Effectively Stem Climate Change

Winter 2016 Speaker Series

The videos of both Juan Robalino's Deforestation, Climate Change and Payments for Ecosystem Services and Subhrendu Pattanayak's The Convenient Truth: Interventions to Deliver Energy, Health and Climate Impacts in the Himalayas are now available. Please go to this YouTube site to watch Dr. Robalino's video and to this Youtube site to watch Dr. Pattanayak's video.


You may also view Dr. Robalino's Power Point presentation and Dr. Pattanayak's Power Point presentation.


For more information about past presentations, please see our Public Events 2015/2016 webpage.

To view past Environment, Economics and You Speaker series presentations,

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. 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





















IEE to continue partnership with World Bank on improved biomass cookstoves in Ethiopia. The new project will focus on indoor air quality improvements and the possible respiratory health benefits cooks may receive from using a more efficient biomass cookstove.


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

For more information, visit our news feed

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.