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Environment & the Economy


Teacher Stipends Available!

$350 Stipend – E&E Florida – Closed

$500 Stipend – E&E Vermont – Closed; Waitlist Only


During the four-day Environment & the Economy (E&E) program, teachers will gain a unique overview in how economic principles can be used to analyze environmental issues. Attendees will also learn how a rational, economic approach to environmental issues helps students understand the complexity of these issues.  A highlight of the program is an all-day field trip to an environmentally protected area that illuminates the specific challenges of integrating environmental policy and economics.

A variety of lecture/discussion sessions, as well as case studies and simulations, serve as the basis for presentation of the economic and environmental economic concepts.

All sessions are highly interactive and led by outstanding, nationally recognized professors. An integral part of the program will be the opportunity to hear firsthand from industry leaders about their role in environmental policy. Participants will also learn about unique ecosystems and their environmental importance to the economy.

Teachers who wish to add their names to the waitlist for the August 8-11 E&E program in Proctorsville, VT should email Lisa Chang at lchang@fte.org.

  • $150 deposit (refundable upon completion of the program – deposit is not refunded should the participant withdraw before the program start date or fail to successful complete the program. This policy is unique to the E&E programs for 2022 only).
  • $350 participation stipend at E&E Florida; $500 participation stipend at E&E Vermont
    • Stipends available to teachers who complete the program in full; all stipends to be paid at the end of the summer
  • $150 commuter stipend also available for local participants who commute to the program site each day
  • Attendance limited to 20 teachers
  • 2 semester hours of graduate credit in economics available (optional)*

*It is the sole responsibility of the individual teacher to make sure the credit arrangement you pursue meets the criteria set forth by your school, district, and state. Graduate credit is in Economics from the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs.

For additional information on the Environment & the Economy programs, please contact Dr. Donald Fell, Professor and E&E Director, at dfell@fte.org.


The Environment & the Economy program has been offered since 1992 in 44 states, as well as in Canada and Europe. Participants have included high school economics, social studies, history, government, mathematics and science teachers, as well as curriculum specialists. Additionally, a variety of middle school teachers and college/community college instructors have attended.

The program focuses on a variety of classroom discussions, case studies and simulations to explore market solutions to environmental issues. Since E&E’s inception, several participants have returned to their classrooms with the knowledge to accomplish this goal, and several have received local, state and national grant funding so they can further provide such programming to not only a greater number of students, but also to professional colleagues.


“This was an excellent program, with useful tools and information that you can bring back to students and colleagues!”

– Karen Billingsly, high school teacher, Florida


“I learned a lot about applying economic concepts to environmental problems and solutions. I’ll be able to introduce this content to my students, who care a lot about environmental issues, and now I can help them evaluate these issues by weighing the benefits against the costs, offering a more complete and realistic picture. I don’t know of any other program that offers what this one does. The field trip really enhanced the classroom sessions. It gave me so much to reflect upon, relate content to, and inspired me to think about the big picture.”

– Alice Purcell, high school teacher, Texas


“This program is a fabulous way to teach and learn about environmental issues and economic concepts. Economics provides a realistic way to think about and how to solve problems.”

– Cassandra Minor, high school teacher, Kentucky