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Bard Center for Environmental Policy Appoints Leading Environmental Economist as New Director

Eban S. Goodstein, Economics Professor at Lewis and Clark College and Director of the National Teach-In on Global Warming Solutions, to Take Reigns of BCEP in Fall 2009

Darren O'Sullivan
ANNANDALE-ON-HUDSON, N.Y.—Bard College announces that Eban S. Goodstein has been appointed as director of the Bard Center for Environmental Policy (BCEP), a graduate program that is committed to developing strategies to address environmental challenges through effective, science-based policy solutions. BCEP offers multiple degree options, including a Master of Science in Environmental Policy.Goodstein, whose appointment is effective fall 2009, is a professor of economics at Lewis and Clark College and director of the National Teach-In on Global Warming Solutions, a grassroots initiative that aims to engage over a million Americans in a solutions-driven dialogue on climate change during the first 100 days of the incoming Obama administration.
“The challenges of creating a sustainable future cannot be understated. The next generation of policymakers and scientists will face the extremely difficult tasks of creating millions of jobs, lifting billions out of poverty, and stabilizing the global climate,” said Goodstein. “I took the job at Bard because I believe BCEP offers the highest quality education and training needed to prepare environmental policymakers for the work ahead. BCEP is a unique graduate program that is training leaders for the heroic tasks that we face, and I am excited and honored to be a part of that effort.”
Eban S. Goodstein, is a professor of economics at Lewis and Clark College in Portland Oregon. From 2006–2009, Goodstein directed The National Teach-in on Global Warming Solutions. Goodstein is the author of a college textbook, Economics and the Environment (John Wiley and Sons: 2007), now in its fifth edition, as well as The Trade-off Myth: Fact and Fiction about Jobs and the Environment. (Island Press: 1999). His most recent book is
Fighting for Love in the Century of Extinction: How Passion and Politics Can Stop Global Warming (University Press of New England: 2007). Articles by Goodstein have appeared in, among other publications, Inside Higher Ed, The Journal of Environmental Economics and Management, Land Economics, Ecological Economics, and Environmental Management. His research has been featured in the New York Times, Scientific American, Time, Chemical and Engineering News, The Economist, USA Today, and The Chronicle of Higher Education. He serves on the editorial boards of Sustainability: The Journal of Record and Environment, Workplace and Employment; is on the Steering Committee of Economics for Equity & the Environment; and is a Member Scholar at the Center for Progressive Reform. Goodstein received his B.A. from Williams College and his Ph.D. from the University of Michigan.
The Bard Center for Environmental Policy was created in 1999 to promote education, research, and public service on critical issues pertaining to the natural and built environments. Its primary goal is to improve environmental policies by facilitating the use of the best available scientific knowledge in the policy-making process at the local, regional, national, and international levels. The Center’s premise is that to address environmental problems and pursue sustainable use of natural resources, scientists, economists, lawyers, ethicists, and policy makers must understand one another’s perspectives and values, and communicate effectively with the general public.
At the core of the Center is an innovative graduate program leading to either the Master of Science degree in environmental policy or a professional certificate in environmental policy. The emphasis on science-based policy enables students to progress from knowledge of the issues to the formulation of feasible, effective policy responses. The program’s unique combination of interdisciplinary modular study, a full-time internship, and intense thesis research allows students to delve deeply into individual areas of interest.
One cohort of approximately 20 students matriculates each year, which leads to a close rapport between students and faculty members. The intensive, campus-based first-year curriculum requires students to synthesize information from a range of disciplines and sources. The value of this approach has been recognized through established partnerships with Pace Law School, the Bard Master of Arts in Teaching program, and the Peace Corps.
For more information about the Bard Center for Environmental Policy, please call 845-758-7073, e-mail, or visit For more information about the National Teach-In on Global Warming, Solutions for the First 100 Days, visit
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This event was last updated on 03-10-2009