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Environment & the Economy


During the 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. E&E will be offered in a four-day or six-day format. 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.

  • $150 registration fee
  • $600 participation stipend*
  • $150 commuter stipend for local who commute to the program site each day*
  • Attendance limited to 20 teachers
  • 2 optional graduate credit hours available for $244 through the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs

*To qualify for a stipend, participation or commuter, teachers must attend and actively participate in all sessions. There is no need to apply for a participation stipend. 



DatesSiteProgram FeeAvailable StipendsGraduate Credit (optional)Registration Status
Monday, June 26 - Friday, June 30, 2023UC Santa Barbara - Santa Barbara, CA$150$600 participation stipend; $150 commuter stipend2 graduate credit hours (additional fee)CLOSED
Sunday, August 6 - Wednesday, August 9, 2023Green Mountain Inn - Stowe, VT$150$600 participation stipend; $150 commuter stipend2 graduate credit hours (additional fee)CLOSED

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