Press Release

RFF Celebrates 60th Anniversary with Nobel Laureate Lecture Series

Apr 30, 2012

WASHINGTON—Resources for the Future (RFF) will host a lecture series featuring some of the world’s foremost economists addressing the key environmental and natural resource issues of the next decade.

This year-long series, Resources 2020, marks RFF’s celebration of its 60th anniversary in 2012 and will showcase four Nobel Laureates in Economics. The laureates will discuss the intersection between economic inquiry and the environmental and natural resource issues facing the world. All of the events are free and open to the public.

“We face serious global challenges that have significant implications for both our environmental and our economic futures,” said RFF President Phil Sharp. “Now more than ever, we need to engage the best minds around the world to help us develop smart, informed solutions.”

Resources 2020 kicks off on June 1st with RFF’s Ninth Annual Hans Landsberg Memorial Lecture, featuring 2009 Nobel Laureate in Economic Sciences Elinor Ostrom. Her lecture, “Diverse Institutions for Improving the Stewardship of Resources,” will be held at 2:00 p.m. on June 1 at the National Geographic Museum. Other lectures in the series include:

  • 2001 Nobel Laureate in Economic Sciences Joseph Stiglitz, a University Professor at Columbia University, on October 5.
  • 2005 Nobel Laureate in Economic Sciences Thomas Schelling, Distinguished University Professor at the University of Maryland, on October 18.
  • 1972 Nobel Laureate in Economic Sciences Kenneth Arrow, Professor of Economics (Emeritus) at Stanford University, on November 13.

In 1951, President Truman’s Materials Policy Commission recommended the formation of an independent organization to analyze the supply of the country’s natural resources. RFF was founded in 1952 to answer that call. Six decades later, RFF experts continue to conduct innovative research and engage thought leaders to strengthen environmental policy in the United States and worldwide.

For more information about Resources 2020 or to RSVP to an event, visit

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Founded in 1952, Resources for the Future is an independent and nonpartisan institution.