MU Environmental Policy Network to Enhance the Stature and Impact of Mizzou Advantage Strategic Areas
The aim of this Mizzou Advantage funded networking project is to enable productive collaborations among faculty from various MU departments and experts outside campus to bring MU to greater national and international prominence in the environmental policy arena by establishing the MU Environmental Policy Network.
This network will facilitate a stronger position for the university in education and research areas thus deepening MU’s presence in three specific Mizzou Advantage initiatives and will lead to the creation of a graduate certificate program, a speaker series and a student essay contest.
In 2011, the network hosted a speakers series in collaborations with MU’s School of Natural Resources, Law School, College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources, the School of Journalism, and the College of Arts and Science.
The speaker series aimed to bring to campus leading authorities from the academic, public and private sectors to discuss the latest developments and challenges to environmental policy at the local, national and international level.
Professor Paul R. Portney (department of economics, University of Arizona) and Bill Frerking (vice president and chief sustainability officer, Georgia-Pacific, LLC) spoke on “Environmental Policy: The Surprising Role of Business Profitability.”
Also in 2011, the MU Sustainable Environmental Policy Network is collected submissions from MU undergraduate, graduate and professional students in the “Current Issues in Environmental Policy and Sustainable Development” writing competition. Essays addressed local, state, national or international policy issues relating to environmental protection, renewable energy, sustainable development or related themes, and the top essays were published in the School of Law’s Journal of Environmental and Sustainability Law.