Environmental Markets: The Nexus of Business, Regulation, and Sustainability

Environmental Markets: The Nexus of Business, Regulation, and Sustainability

Instructor: Rich Weihe

Spring 2017: January 17, 24, 31, February 7, 14


The results of the 2016 U.S. Presidential Election indicate the US EPA’s Clean Power Plan will likely not survive. Challenges to environmental regulation and related markets are not new but rather have been commonplace since the Clean Air Act was established in 1970. This course reviews the regulatory, political and business contexts of today’s environmental markets using real world examples and actual case studies. In addition, the course reviews potential benefits, limitations, and pitfalls in addressing environmental problems and corporate sustainability objectives through environmental markets. Learn the history of the development of environmental markets and how they are used to solve environmental problems. Topics include air quality, climate change cap and trade, water pollution, and renewable energy mandates.


Richard Weihe has over twenty years’ experience in the energy and environmental sectors in roles of investment management and advisory services, energy and environmental commodity trading, and engineering consulting project management. At Karbone he oversees the firm’s practices in brokerage and research, and spearheads business development activities in capital advisory services. Prior to Karbone Rich was a senior investment analyst with RNK Capital where he originated and directed investment analysis on private equity and project-related energy and environmental credit transactions associated with solar, wind, geothermal, biogas, and biofuels related technologies. Prior to RNK Capital, Rich held commercial and management positions in the energy and environmental risk management sectors. Rich began his career at AECOM, where he managed water resource and environmental projects in the energy and waste management sectors. He holds an M.B.A. from Northwestern University, a M.S. in Geosciences from Ohio State University and a B.A. in Geosciences from Denison University.

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