Environmental Economics Forum

This grant supports a two-day Environmental Economics Forum examining environmental philosophy and economics with the goal of educating the general public about the relationship between economics and the environment. During these two days in Asheville, NC scholars from the humanities and the social sciences will come together with community leaders to address issues of environmental ethics and theology, for example assigning monetary value to beauty and assigning jurisprudential value to mountains; making policy choices based on costs and benefits; and what - if anything - must be done with regard to climate change.  Throughout the forum, historical case studies will be presented in order to give the general public a mix of cautionary tales and successful models for the future.