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Environment & the Economy

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In light of the presence of the coronavirus in our communities, the health and safety of our teacher participants is of the utmost concern during the upcoming Environment & the Economy program.  Please see below for the modifications planned for E&E. 

 

Please click on the link at the right for specific details about our upcoming E&E program to be held in Cincinnati, OH in December.

 

During the four-day E&E residential program, teachers will be able to learn 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 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 an all-day field trip.  Participants will be able to experience unique ecosystems firsthand and learn about their environmental importance to the economy.

  • $150 registration fee
  • $350 stipend upon completion of the program ($150, as well as either an additional $200 OR 2 days of teacher substitute fees (up to $200) per teacher participant).  The sub fee is based on the respective school district sub fee schedule.  Payment will be made directly to the school district if participant has attended all scheduled E&E sessions in their entirety.
  • $150 commuter stipend also available for local participants who commute to the program site each day
  • Approximately 25-30 teachers accepted per program
  • 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.

 

In addition, the following measures will be adopted during all upcoming in-person E&E programs:

  • all participants will be housed in single rooms, instead of double-occupancy rooms, unless otherwise requested;
  • meeting rooms will be larger to allow for appropriate social distancing for participants during lectures and activities;
  • the group field trip will be modified to create additional spacing between participants;
  • face masks and hand sanitizer will be provided for all participants;
  • mandatory temperature checks will be be done at the start of each program day; and
  • the FTE will work in conjunction with our host hotel to ensure that the highest standards are met to ensure cleanliness throughout the meeting spaces, common areas, and catered serving areas.

 

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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