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Richard Norgaard

Professor Emeritus of Energy and Resources, UC Berkeley

Economics, Religion and the Climate Crisis:A Long View

February 1st 

PowerPoint and Video



Riley Dunlap

Regents Professor of Sociology at Oklahoma State University

How Climate Change Became Controversial 

                                              February 8th

                     PowerPoint and Video



Matthew Kotchen

Professor of Economics, Yale University and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs in the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies

The Political Economy of Climate Change

April 26th

PowerPoint and Video



David Zilberman

Robinson Chair of Agriculture and Resource Economics, UC Berkeley, Fellow of the American Agricultural Economics Association and the Association of Environmental and Resource Economists

Economics of Sustainable Development & the Bio-economy

May 17th

PowerPoint and Video



Spring 2016 Environment, Economics and You Speaker Series 

Michael Toman

Lead Economist for Climate Change, The World Bank

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

April 7




Winter 2016 Environment, Economics and You Speaker Series 

Subhrendu Pattanayak

Professor of Public Policy and Environmental Economics, Duke University

The Convenient Truth: Interventions to Deliver Energy, Health and Climate Impacts in the Himalayas

PowerPoint and Video

March 6


Juan Robalino

Director of the Latin American and Caribbean Environmental Economics Program (LACEEP) and a faculty member of the Centro Agronómico Tropical de Investigación y Enseñanza (CATIE) in Costa Rica

Deforestation, Climate Change and Payments for Ecosystem Services

PowerPoint and Video 

January 27

    2015 EVENTS

    Environment, Economics and You Speaker Series 


    Dr. James W. Boyd

    Senior Fellow and Director, Center for the Management of Ecological Wealth, Resources for the Future

    Does Economics Clear or Cloud our Vision of Nature and the Challenges of Climate Change?

    PowerPoint and Video

    October 15





    Dr. Charles D. Kolstad

    Senior Fellow at the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research and the Precourt Institute for Energy and Professor, by courtesy, of Economics, Stanford University

    Obama, Carbon and the 2015 Paris Climate Negotiations

    PowerPoint and Video

    October 23







    Peter Berck
    Peter Berck

    Professor, University of California, Berkely

    Agriculture and Climate Change

    April 29






    William JaegerWilliam Jaeger

    Professor, Professor of Applied Economics, Oregon State University

    The Challenges of Climate Change Policy: What's in the Toolbox?

    May 14







    Also in 2015:

    Forest Park and the City: An Ecosystem Services Valuation Project

    Portland State students in two economics courses—Cost Benefit Analysis and Economics of Sustainability—worked with the Forest Park Conservancy to provide insight into the ecosystem services generated by Forest Park and their values.

    March 10

    2014 EVENTS


    Robert McCullough

    Principle, McCullough Research
    Too Cheap to Meter: Evaluating the Economics of Operating Nuclear Power Plants
    April 30

    Environment, Economics and You Speaker Series

    Genetically Engineered Crops: Silver Bullet or Shotgun for the Environment?
    David Ervin
    Professor Emeritus of Economics and Environmental Management and Senior Fellow, Institute for Sustainable Solutions, Portland State University
    April 10

    Trudy Ann Cameron

    Raymond F. Mikesell Professor of Environmental and Resource Economics, University of Oregon
    Demand for Environmental Health Risk Reductions
    February 27

    Angus Duncan

    President of the Bonneville Environmental Foundation and Chair of the Oregon Global Warming Commission
    Oregon’s Progress on Climate Change: the 2013 Report Card
    Wednesday, January 29, 2014

    Should Oregon Take the Lead on Carbon Taxes? A Panel Discussion

    April 3
    Michael Armstrong, Senior Sustainability Manager, City of Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability
    Yoram Bauman, Standup Economist and Former Lecturer, University of Washington
    Jana Gastellum, Program Director, Climate Change, Oregon Environmental Council
    Jenny Liu, Assistant Professor of Urban Studies and Planning and Assistant Director, Northwest Economic Research Center, Portland State University
    With Remarks By: Tom Potiowsky, Professor of Economics and Director of the Northwest Economic Research Center, Portland State University


    On March 10, 2015 students in two Economics courses presented results from their project titled Forest Park and the City: An Ecosystem Services Valuation Project.

    When: Tuesday, March 10, 6 to 7:30 p.m.

    Where: Portland State University, Market Center Building, room 123 (1600 SW 4th Ave.)