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Goings On: Highlights of RFF's Recent Contributions to Shaping Environmental Policy

Jun 14, 2013

Inequality and the Environment
October 5
RFF Visiting Scholar Randall Lutter moderated a panel on agricultural biotechology and the environment. Panelists focused on concerns over labeling food from genetically modified animals.

Convening Thought Leaders

The Anthropocene Era
November 13
RFF hosted a special lecture with Kenneth J. Arrow, 1972 Nobel Laureate in Economic Sciences, titled, "The Environment in the Anthropocene Era: Values, Rationality, and Justice." This event was part of RFF's 60th anniversay celebrations.

The Future of Fuel
November 28
As part of the First Wednesday Seminar Series, RFF’s Center for Energy Economics and Policy hosted a panel discussion on the future of five key fuels over the next decade.

Environmental Regulation
December 5
RFF experts Sheila Olmstead, Dallas Burtraw, Art Fraas, Margaret Walls, and Leonard Shabman participated in a panel discussion on lessons learned from applications of market-based policy and its desirability in the future.

Forest Policy
September 17
RFF hosted a workshop on best practices for incorporating ecosystem services into USDA Forest Service planning.

December 13
Thomas C. Schelling, 2005 Nobel Laureate in Economic Sciences, concluded RFF’s 60th anniversary Nobel Laureate lecture series with his remarks "Geoengineering: Time for Some Gentle Experimentation.”

Media, Science, and Cognition
February 6
RFF Visiting Scholar and Co-Director of RFF's Center for the Management of Ecological Wealth Lynn Scarlett moderated a First Wednesday Seminar, “The Media, Science, and Cognition: How We Shape Our Understanding of Environmental Issues.”

Climate Policy and Tax Reform
February 27
The International Monetary Fund’s Ian Parry co-hosted a panel with RFF experts on comprehensive tax reform and climate policy.

Building Partnerships

Monitoring Carbon from Space
November 7
RFF Vice President for Research and Senior Fellow Molly Macauley presented “NASA's Carbon Monitoring System and the Social Cost of Carbon” at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center.

Carbon Tax
November 13
RRFF’s Rob Williams, Dick Morgenstern, Karen Palmer, and Molly Macauley participated in a conference, “The Economics of Carbon Taxes,” co-hosted by RFF, the Brookings Institution, the American Enterprise Institute, and the International Monetary Fund.

Water and Shale Gas
November 13–14
On November 13, RFF Fellow Sheila Olmsteadshared an overview, “Water Management Concerns for Unconventional Gas Development,” at the In-Depth Workshop on Water Management at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. Olmstead also presented preliminary results from RFF’s shale gas study at the North American Gas Summit on November 14.

Land Conservation
November 30
RFF Senior Fellow Allen Blackman spoke at a luncheon at the World Bank on ecosystem services programs in China, Costa Rica, and Mexico.

Natural Resources
December 10–13
RFF’s Molly Macauley, Becky Epanchin-Niell, Lynn Scarlett, James Boyd, and Leonard Shabman participated in a conference hosted by A Community on Ecosystem Services, Ecosystem Markets, and Ecosystem Services Partnership, focusing on how to incorporate ecosystem services in natural resource management.

Energy and Environment in the Social Sciences
January 4–6
RFF experts participated in sessions at the Allied Social Science Associations in San Diego. Topics included designing a US carbon tax, forests and agriculture, energy extraction, and transportation economics.

Environmental Stewardship
January 8
RFF’s Lynn Scarlett moderated “The Conservative Voice and Environmental Stewardship” with former US Secretary of the Interior Gale Norton and Ed Schafer, former US secretary of agriculture and former governor of North Dakota, at the inaugural Conservation and Stewardship Conference of the Conservation Leadership Council.

Electricity Technology
January 16–17
RFF Senior Fellow Carolyn Fischer presented “Environmental and Technology Policy Options in the Electricity Sector: Interactions and Outcomes” at the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment at the London School of Economics, as well as at the Swedish Environmental Protection Agency.

Sustainable Conservation
February 28
RFF Fellow RFF Senior Fellow and Co-Director of RFF’s Center for the Management of Ecological Wealth James Boyd presented “Making Conservation Sustainable” at the University of Virginia.