The BP Oil Spill in the Gulf of Mexico is said to be the largest offshore spill in U.S. history. The spill, caused by a sea floor oil gusher that resulted from the April 20, 2010 Deepwater Horizon drilling rig explosion has caused an environmental impact on marine and wildlife habitats as well as economic impacts affecting fishing and tourism among many others.
The 2012 Wildfire season has already seen fires in Colorado, New Mexico, and Arizona. This photo is for the Gladiator Fire just north of Crown King, Arizona. It ignited on private land near the Prescott National Forest in the Bradshaw Mountains.
An air tanker drops retardant on the fire May 14, 2012. Fire crews spent days fighting several wildfires including the four and a half square mile Gladiator Fire.
In July 2011 massive dust storms swept through Arizona, wind gusts estimated to have reached over 50 MPH, with a height of over 5000 ft stretching almost 100 miles, and spurring national interest.
The Keystone XL is a proposed international pipeline which would span over 1700 miles from Alberta, Canada to Texas.
President Obama rejected the Keystone Pipeline but left the door open for reconsideration when TransCanada submits a plan that addresses environmental concerns.
The Center and the Decision Center for a Desert City jointly organized the conference "Urban Water Demand Roundtable: Bringing Together the Best in Current Research and Applications" on April 18-19, 2013 at the Four Points Sheraton Hotel in Tempe.
Planned in collaboration with the Phoenix Water Services Department, this event was attended by fifty utility representatives, academics and consultants focusing on the exchange of ideas, research, and experience in the water management community.
About the Center
The Center’s mission is to develop research in environmental and resource economics that is relevant to policy needs. Special attention is given to sustainability policy as an integrating challenge for economics along with the other social natural sciences.
The Center organizes faculty, post-doctoral fellows, graduate and undergraduates in its research activities. Center faculty and students work with the Central Arizona Project Long Term Ecological Research Site, the Decision Center for a Desert City and other inter-disciplinary research programs at ASU. Our research is supported by grants from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the National Science Foundation, the Department of Homeland Security as well as other government agencies and non-profit foundations.
The Center welcomes new faculty Kelly Bishop and Alvin Murphy as assistant professors of environmental economics.
Congratulations to Josh Abbott and Rimjhim Aggarwal for their recently promotions to Associate Professors in the School of Sustainability.
Carlos Valcarcel returns to the Center as a Graduate Research Fellow. He is a former undergrad research fellow with degrees in economics and history. View bio.
The Center hosts the "Conference on Pricing Climate Risk: Refocusing the Climate Policy Debate" on April 12-13, 2013.