2021 Libby Lecture: Improving Water Quality: Are Economics and the Environment Always at Odds?

Check out this recent New York Times op-ed by our lecturer, Dr. Catherine Kling!

Dr. King was also recently interviewed by Daniel Raimi for Resources Radio.

We are pleased to announce that Dr. Catherine L. Kling, Tisch University Professor in the Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management and Faculty Director at the Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future at Cornell University, will be presenting the third annual Libby Lecture in Natural Resource Policy on Wednesday, September 22 at 3 p.m. in the McIntire Room of the Buchanan Alumni House.

The event is free and open to the public. A reception with refreshments and food will follow the talk.

Dr. Kling is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, chair of the academy’s Water Science and Technology Board and has been a member of six National Research Council studies. She served as president of the Association of Environmental and Resource Economists, has held editorial positions at ten economics journals, and is an elected Fellow of multiple environmental economics associations. In addition to a long list of other accolades, Dr. Kling served ten years on the EPA Science Advisory Board.

Her talk, “Improving Water Quality: Are Economics and the Environment Always at Odds?,” will describe trends in water quality and the benefits and costs of regulations associated with the Clean Water Act. This will be followed by a discussion of the gaps in knowledge needed for a more accurate understanding of the efficiency of water quality regulations.

The annual Libby Lecture in Natural Resource Policy was established with a gift from Lawrence W. Libby ‘62 and Lois Murdock Libby ‘63. The annual lecture is a collaborative event coordinated by the College of Natural Sciences, Forestry, and Agriculture and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

For more information about the lecture, our speaker, or to request a disability accommodation, call 207.581.1145, email libby-lecture-group@maine.edu, or visit umaine.edu/libbylecture.