Past Seminar

Resources 2020

About the Event

Resources 2020: Commemorating 60 Years of Investing in Ideas

Celebrate RFF’s 60th anniversary with Resources 2020, a yearlong exploration of how economic inquiry can address future environmental and natural resource challenges.  RFF invites you to join a dialogue aimed at developing practical policy solutions for these critical issues in the next decade.

Special events are planned throughout the year, including a distinguished lecture series featuring Nobel Laureates in Economics. Sign up here to be notified of upcoming events. All of the events are free and open to the public. Registration is required.

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


RFF’s Nobel Laureate Lecture Series

Throughout the fall, three Nobel Laureates in Economic Sciences will discuss their views on the key environmental and natural resource challenges facing the world and the role that economic inquiry can play in helping decisionmakers address these critical issues.
Joseph Stiglitz
Kenneth Arrow
Thomas Schelling
October 5, 2012
Joseph E. Stiglitz​
"Inequality and Environmental Policy"
​December 13, 2012
Thomas C. Schelling on "Geoengineering: Time for Some Gentle Experimentation"

RFF’s First Wednesday Seminars
Similar to the special events featuring Nobel Laureates, RFF’s 2012-2013 First Wednesday Seminar Series will look ahead to the future of environmental and natural resource policy. This series will provide an opportunity to engage first-hand with experts on issues that lie at the intersection of economic growth, resource scarcity, and environmental risk.
September: The Role of Border Measures in Unilateral Climate Policy 
October: The Next Decade in Forest Health and Policy: A Role for Biotechnology?
November: The Future of Fuel: Toward the Next Decade of US Energy Policy
December: Whither Markets for Environmental Regulation of Air, Water, and Land?
February: The Media, Science, and Cognition: How We Shape Our Understanding of Environmental Issues
February: Agricultural Biotechnology and the Environment: Perspectives on the Next 10 Years
June: Ice Sheets on the Move

Common Resources
If you can’t make it to an event, you can join us online. As part of this yearlong dialogue, RFF is featuring discussions on its blog, Common Resources. RFF experts and special guest contributors will host a variety of conversations that examine these issues in depth. Share your thoughts and engage with the experts at

How to Support Resources 2020
RFF thanks the following sponsors for helping to make Resources 2020 a success:

Peter Kagan
Warburg Pincus
Hunton & Williams LLP
Sponsoring Resources 2020 is an ideal way for corporations, institutions, and individuals to support the development of practical policy solutions to the environmental challenges of today and the future. To learn more, see Resources 2020 Sponsorship Opportunities or contact Lea Harvey, RFF Vice President for Development, at   
All media inquiries should be directed to Pete Nelson, RFF Director of Communications, at