Protecting environmental quality and stewarding natural resources are two of society’s ongoing grand challenges. Environmental and resource economics (ERE) in ACE yields knowledge about issues such as how to manage water resources, design conservation strategies, and develop energy and transportation policies that improve society and the environment. Research and outreach in this area also contribute to a fundamental understanding about how to value ecosystem services and design pollution policies. Faculty and students in ERE publish cutting-edge research and bring the results to bear on collaborations with stakeholders and policy makers in the state of Illinois and nationwide.
CEOS is a set of economists that collaborate with agronomists, scientists, engineers, legal scholars, and other researchers. Their research helps inform environmental policy and resource management decisions in Illinois — and around the world. They study tradeoffs, human behavior, and the allocation of scarce resources for more sustainable food systems, reliable energy and water systems, healthy environments, and thriving communities.
The graduate program in Environmental and Resource Economics (pERE) explores the complex relationships between environmental quality, economic prosperity, and human behavior. Students and faculty from departments across campus are using economics to analyze policy regarding some of today's most critical environmental and natural resource issues.