Many students have a keen interest in the environment. Social studies, business, agriculture education and science teachers can bring environmental and social challenges to life for students by teaching sustainability through an integration of economics, ethics and ecology, and by demonstrating how solutions to environmental challenges can be found in economic ideas. Be one of the first to be introduced to 16 new lessons in economics and the environment applicable to a variety of courses and aligned with standards. Leave inspired!
|8-8:30 a.m.||Registration; continental breakfast|
|8:30-10:30 a.m.||Viewing Sustainability through an Economics Lens: How to be Green While Staying in the Black; Emily Anderson, instructor.|
|10:45 a.m.-noon||Winter Institute Keynote: Professor Catherine Wolfram, "Economics of Energy and the Environment: A Global Perspective".|
|12:05-12:45 p.m.||Networking Lunch|
|1-2 p.m.||Saving the Environment with Economic Ideas; Julie Bunn, instructor.|
Viewing Sustainability through an Economic Lens: How to be Green while Staying in the Black was developed by the Minnesota Council on Economic Education with a team of content experts and 9-12 Master Teachers. The curriculum aims to equip high school students with a basic understanding of selected sustainability issues and inspire them to champion innovative solutions to address environmental, ecological and related economic challenges facing the planet and its people. Students are challenges to find sustainable solutions in energy, water, waste, and agriculture and food. The final lesson encourages social entrepreneurship as students use their entrepreneurial talents to solve social, cultural, and economic problems related to sustainability.
Catherine Wolfram is the Cora Jane Flood Professor of Business Administration and associate dean for Academic Affairs at the Haas School of Business, University of California, Berkeley.
Dr. Wolfram is the program director of the National Bureau of Economic Research's Environment and Energy Economics Program, faculty director of The E2e Project, a research organization focused on energy efficiency and a research affiliate at the Energy Institute at Haas. She is also an affiliated faculty member of in the Agriculture and Resource Economics department and the Energy and Resources Group at Berkeley.
Wolfram has published extensively on the economics of energy markets. Her work has analyzed rural electrification programs in the developing world, energy efficiency programs in the United States, the effects of environmental regulation on energy markets and the impact of privatization and restructuring in the United States and United Kingdom. She is currently implementing several randomized controlled trials to evaluate energy programs in the United States, Ghana and Kenya.
She received a Ph.D. in Economics from MIT in 1996 and an AB from Harvard in 1989. Before joining the faculty at UC Berkeley, she was an assistant professor of Economics at Harvard.
Free lessons for high school students on Saving the Environment with Economic Ideas: A set of Six Case Studies. Written by Dr. Bill Bosshardt, Florida Atlantic University, for the St. Louis Federal Reserve Bank (available online via the Federal Reserve Bank of St Louis), these lessons allow students to explore how economic ideas can be a source of ideas for addressing environmental challenges and the economic impacts of environmental policies.