The Conservation Leadership Council (CLC) today released six academic papers that explore new solutions to a wide range of environmental and energy challenges. The policy backgrounders explore how business, communities, policymakers and regulators can make improvements in clean energy, conservation, air, and water quality issues by applying principles of free markets, limited government and personal responsibility.
In Public Policy toward Clean Energy in an Uncertain World (PDF), Derek Stimel, Ph.D. from Menlo College explores what went wrong with Solyndra and suggests new approaches to encourage clean energy innovation. The paper focuses on the potential of venture capitalism with a public policy, market-based approach.
In Voluntary and Information—Based Air Quality Policies (PDF), Douglas S. Noonan, Associate Professor at Indiana University – Purdue University Indianapolis explores how voluntary and information-based policies around air emissions and pollution can promote the best outcomes for air quality. The paper suggests specific approaches that would generate positive outcomes.
In Defining and Designing Property Rights in Marine Fisheries (PDF), Corbett Grainger, Assistant Professor at University of Wisconsin, Madison explores catch shares and how different approaches can yield different results. The paper provides an overview of the design of property rights in fisheries and discusses the efficiency and distributional implications of alternative design choices.
In Prior Appropriation and Water Quality (PDF), Timothy Fitzgerald, Assistant Professor at Montana State University explores how water quality can impact approaches to water rights, using the Tongue River in southwestern Montana as a test case. The paper notes that addressing water quality is an area of study that requires further research.
In Markets and Private Property Rights to Groundwater (PDF), Zack Donohew, Postdoctoral Fellow at University of California, Santa Barbara explores how a market for groundwater rights can be formed and operated, using California’s Mojave Basin Area as a test case. The paper notes that the time has come for institutional reform in groundwater management that recognizes the scarcity value of groundwater.
In Competitive Procurement Programs Can Help Heal the Chesapeake Bay (PDF), Jeremy Rowland, Chief Operating Officer at Bion Environmental Technologies explores how private sector engagement can accelerate and reduce costs of compliance with EPA regulatory standards for the Chesapeake Bay. The paper outlines recommendations for implementing competitive procurement programs through private public partnerships to reduce nutrient pollution in the ChesapeakeBay.