The Center informs and educates future environmental leaders, while promoting innovative technologies, policies and practices in order to strengthen environmental, energy, climate, sustainability and environmental justice practices.
- Environmental Protection for the 21st Century
Engage opinion leaders, policy and science experts, and communities in developing an agenda for meeting future environmental challenges with fairer and more equitable environmental protection.
- Ideas, Interests, Institutions, and Nation-state Climate Politics Series: Mitigators, Adapters, and Mitigator-Adapters
A multi-part webinar series featuring experts from around the world.
- Clean Air for All
Highlight promising strategies for improving air quality, with a focus on communities facing health risks. Use film and events to communicate success stories and inspire action.
- Upstream, Downriver
Commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the Clean Water Act through film and associated activities.
May 16, 3:30-4:45 pm (ET) - Hard Cases for Climate Policy: Australia and Brazil
Australia is perhaps the fifth largest national contributor to global warming if emissions from its domestic and exported fossil fuels are taken into account and Brazil is also a leading emitter and the main location of the world’s largest natural carbon sink, the Amazon Rainforest. These nations both have weak national mitigation and adaptation policies at the moment. Professor Peter Christoff of the University of Melbourne will present “Australian Climate Policies: paradox, contradiction and crisis,” and Professors Joana Castro Pereira of the Instituto Português de Relações Internacionais (IPRI) and Eduardo Viola of the University of Brasilia will present “Neither mitigator nor adapter: Climate neglect and denial in a vulnerable Brazil (2013-2021).” We will consider what such hard cases may tell us about how to design and implement climate mitigation and adaptation policies.
Featured Speakers: Peter Christoff, University of Melbourne; Joana Castro Pereira, Instituto Português de Relações Internacionais (IPRI) and Eduardo Viola, University of BrasiliaDiscussant:
Discussant: Todd Eisenstadt, American University
Daniel Fiorino, distinguished executive in residence at the American University School of Public Affairs, argues that policymakers need to protect the environment if they want the economy to grow in the long-term.
In his new book, A Good Life on a Finite Earth: The Political Economy of Green Growth, which was published in December by Oxford University Press, Fiorino links academic research with policy analysis.
Report on Lead Service Line Replacements
Read about this project by lead AU researcher Dr. Karen Baehler.
Our Future Depends on the Arctic
Read an opinion article written by Adjunct Professorial Lecturer Paul Bledsoe in the New York Times.
Don't fuel Donald Trump's culture war on climate change. Beat it instead.
Read an opinion article written by Adjunct Professorial Lecturer Paul Bledsoe in USA Today.