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Environment & the Economy



During this four-day residential program, teachers learn how to use economic principles to analyze environmental issues. Participants 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 four-day program is a full day field trip during which environmental content experts meet with participants to discuss current relevant issues and review possible solutions to these issues.

For additional information on the Environment and the Economy program, please contact Donald Fell, Professor and E&E Director.

  • $150 registration fee ($150 stipend to be paid after successful completion of program)
  • Choose from numerous dates and sites
  • Thirty teachers accepted per program
  • 2 semester hours of graduate credit in economics available (optional)*
  • Nationally acclaimed professors

*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.

The Environment and the Economy program has been offered since 1992 in 44 states, across Canada, in Eastern Europe and in the Islands. 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 the Institute’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 activities, concepts, and ideas that can be applied and taught in my class.”

Michael Carey, high school teacher, Arkansas

“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