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Second USC Workshop on Aquatic Ecosystem Sustainability (WAES’20)

May 22, 2020

Friday May 22, 9am-3pm Virtual event: https://usc.zoom.us/j/94023720328 Overview This workshop will bring together experts in water and AI, with California as a driving motivation.  The discussions will be driven by research and technology needs to advance the science of water, … Continue reading


Webinar on Environmental Extreme Events and COVID-19 in 2020

May 13, 2020

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine Board on Environmental Change and Society and the Resilient America Program are collaborating for a session to discuss the social science aspects of decision making for compound events. As summer and warmer … Continue reading


14th Annual Sustainability Summit (Postponed)

March 27, 2020

            This event has been postponed. More details will be posted here when a new date is announced. Register Now for the Los Angeles Business Council 14th Annual Sustainability Summit. Location: Bovard Auditorium Speakers include: … Continue reading


Environmental Economics and Public Policy Seminar Series, featuring Derek Lemoine

November 21, 2019

Derek Lemoine joined the Eller College of Management in 2011 after earning his PhD in Energy and Resources from the University of California, Berkeley. In addition to teaching at Eller, he is also a faculty research fellow for the National … Continue reading


Environmental Economics and Public Policy Seminar Series, featuring Gabriel Kreindler

October 10, 2019

Gabriel Kreindler studies issues in urban transportation in developing countries. His current projects focus on understanding the impact of traffic congestion management policies in large cities in developing countries through natural and field experiments. Gabriel received his PhD in Economics … Continue reading


Environmental Economics and Public Policy Seminar Series, featuring Shaun McRae

October 3, 2019

Shaun McRae specializes in the industrial organization and regulation of energy markets. His research focuses on how households respond to nonlinear electricity tariffs and how this affects electric utilities. He also analyzes the behavior of electricity generation firms in wholesale markets. Related to hydrocarbon … Continue reading


Environmental Economics and Public Policy Seminar Series, featuring Magali Delmas

September 26, 2019

Magali Delmas is a professor of management at the UCLA Anderson School of Management and the UCLA Institute of the Environment and Sustainability. Her research interests lie primarily in the areas of business strategy, corporate sustainability and socially responsible investing. … Continue reading


USC University Club Member Luncheon: Sustainability at USC – A Panel Discussion

September 17, 2019

Join the USC University Club for a Members Only ($10) luncheon, featuring a panel discussion on research and practice of sustainability at USC. Speakers will include: Antonio Bento – Professor and Director, USC Center for Sustainability Solutions Nichelle Mitchell-Huizar – … Continue reading


Environmental Economics and Public Policy Seminar Series, featuring Jeffrey Shrader

September 12, 2019

Jeffrey Shrader is an economist at the School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) at Columbia University. His research focuses on environmental and labor economics. He is particularly interested in how beliefs affect decision making, the role of forecasts and … Continue reading


Paying for Pollution: Why a Carbon Tax is Good for America

March 19, 2019

Gilbert Metcalf Tufts University The threats posed by global climate change are widely recognized and carbon emissions are the major source of greenhouse gases accumulating in the atmosphere. Metcalf discusses his new book, Paying for Pollution: Why a Carbon Tax is … Continue reading


Spatial Externalities in Groundwater Extraction: Evidence from California Agriculture

March 18, 2019

Louis Preonas University of Chicago Groundwater is a common-pool resource essential for agricultural production. When farmers extract a marginal unit of groundwater, this lowers nearby groundwater levels and increases their neighbors’ groundwater pumping costs. This paper estimates farmers’ elasticity of … Continue reading


Subsidizing Mass Adoption of Electric Vehicles: Quasi-Experimental Evidence from California

March 1, 2019

Erich Muehlegger, Associate Professor Department of Economics, UC Davis Little is known about demand for EVs in the mass market. In this paper, we exploit a natural experiment that provides variation in large EV subsidies targeted at low- and middle-income … Continue reading


Determinants of Equilibrium Particulate Exposure

November 9, 2018

Matthew Turner, Professor Department of Economics, Brown University Regulation of airborne particulates influences locations of people and the location and nature of production. Thus, an understanding of particulates exposure requires an understanding of these responses to particulates regulation. To investigate … Continue reading


Greenwashing Culture and Sport

November 5, 2018

We often think of the culture industries as green, certainly in comparison with the extractive or manufacturing sectors. But culture is integral to what Toby Miller has termed “greenwashing” and to ecological destruction through both the sponsorship of culture by … Continue reading


Moral Hazard, Wildfires, and the Economic Incidence of Natural Hazards

October 19, 2018

Judson Boomhower Assistant Professor Department of Economics, UC San Diego Worsening wildfires are one of the most salient impacts of climate change in North America. A large share of the total social costs of wildfires comes from wildland firefighting costs, … Continue reading


Life after death on a remote Pacific reef: Lessons in resilience

September 25, 2018

Kim Cobb, Professor & Chair Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, Georgia Institute of Technology The global-scale coral bleaching and mortality event that took place in 2016 brought into sharp relief the near-term impacts of continued ocean warming on global reefs. In … Continue reading


The Global Energy Challenge

April 26, 2018

Kenneth Medlock, Senior Director Center for Energy Studies, Rice University The challenge of meeting existing and emerging energy demands around the world with dual goals of economic and environmental sustainability is daunting. To be sure, markets, policy and technology will … Continue reading

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The California Experience Goes Global

April 5, 2018

Terry Tamminen CEO, Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation In this presentation, former CalEPA Secretary Terry Tamminen examines California sustainability policies that succeeded in the state (including “lessons learned” and setbacks), but which also became models around the globe for advancing environmental protection … Continue reading

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The Roles of Price and Persuasion on Consumer Behavior: Experimental Evidence from Water Consumption

March 30, 2018

Casey J. Wichman Resources for the Future Social comparisons are a popular behavioral nudge to promote conservation of energy and water, partially because raising the price of these resources is politically difficult. Nudges may interact with prevailing prices, however, potentially … Continue reading


Hidden Order: Lessons from Bali’s Water Temples

March 5, 2018

J. Stephen Lansing Along a typical river in Bali, small groups of farmers meet regularly in water temples to manage their irrigation systems. They have done so for a thousand years. Over the centuries, water temple networks have expanded to … Continue reading

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New Developments in Building Ecological Civilization in China

February 22, 2018

Dr. Hua Wang Dr. Hua Wang is Professor of Environmental and Resource Economics and Dean of the School of Environment and Natural Resources at Renmin University of China (RUC). Dr. Wang holds a Ph.D. in Environmental Management and Policy from … Continue reading

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From Independent to Influential: The Growth of China Zero Waste Alliance and Its Challenges

February 8, 2018

Dr. Mao Da Founded in the end of 2011, China Zero Waste Alliance (CZWA) has been actively involved in advocating a sustainable municipal solid waste (MSW) management system in China. Bio: Mao Da, PhD, is an environmental history researcher and … Continue reading

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Residential Sorting and the Incidence of Local Public Goods: Theory and Evidence from Air Pollution

January 18, 2018

Daniel Sullivan While the costs of environmental policies are generally thought to be regressive, the distribution of benefits is less understood. This paper explores the incidence of an unexpected decrease in air pollution in metropolitan Los Angeles by estimating the … Continue reading

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The Contributions of Social Sciences to Sustainability Policy and Institutional Change

October 30, 2017

Ravi Kanbur T.H. Lee Professor of World Affairs, International Professor of Applied Economics and Management, Cornell University Prof. Kanbur served as one of the chairs of the International Panel on Social Progress (IPSP). IPSP is uniting the world’s leading researchers … Continue reading


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