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Environment & the Economy


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 into the Florida Everglades via airboat.  Participants will be able to experience this unique ecosystem firsthand and learn about its environmental importance from experienced guides who are experts about the current issues and environmental challenges facing the Everglades.

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


  • $150 registration fee
  • $350 teacher stipend available to participants who complete the program*
  • $150 commuter stipends also available for local participants who commute to the program site each day
  • Approximately 30 teachers accepted per program
  • 2 semester hours of graduate credit in economics available (optional)**

*Stipend checks will be mailed to teachers at the end of the summer, after all FTE summer programs are completed.

**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 & 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

Student Program Deadline Extended to April 15. Given the challenges families face because of COVID-19, FTE has extended the deadline and streamlined the application.