Introduction to Environmental Policy

Instructor: Bipasha Chatterjee

Fulfills requirement: Fundamental (F)
Day: Wednesday
Dates: April 4, 11, 18, 25, May 2 (Module 3, 5 sessions)
Time: 6:10 – 8:10 PM
Room location: Schermerhorn Extension 652
Course number: ENVB 0351 N
Call number: 60821

Course Description

The past two decades have seen an increasing amount of attention given to the importance of environmental policy and planning in promoting a sustainable future for the planet. This course examines contemporary domestic and international issues that require environmental policy and planning solutions. It explores policy responses to local and global environmental problems such as biodiversity loss, air and water pollution, climate change, and environmental justice. The course examines how governments of advance and developing countries, non-governmental organizations, the scientific community, and the private sector shape environmental policy through a wide range of economic, social, and political factors. Topics cover the history, evolution and the application of existing environmental policies in the world, change in the USA’s and China’s environmental regulation in recent years, international environmental treaties including Kyoto Protocol and the Paris Agreement, new clean energy policies, and incentives for the private sector for promoting sustainable technologies.

About the Instructor

Bipasha Chatterjee is an environmental economist with extensive experience in climate change policy issues. She teaches environmental, agricultural and urban economics at Hunter College, CUNY and Columbia University’s Earth Institute. Previously as an economist at the UK firm, AEA (now Ricardo-AEA) her clients were the UK Government, European Commission and many policy think tanks. Prior to that she has worked with the UN Food and Agricultural Organization in Rome and as a governance reform consultant for KPMG Consulting in London. Bipasha is on the Board of Directors of Energy Vision USA, a national non-profit working on the issues around renewable gas made from organic waste. She is also a member of The Coalition for Renewable Natural Gas and on their student scholarship committee. She is a post-graduate from Cambridge University and London School of Economics, UK.