Renewable Energy Policies and Business and Climate Change are Topics of March Bioeconomy and Global

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Climate change’s implications for business and the effects of renewable energy policies are the focus of the next two lectures in the yearlong Bioeconomy and Climate Change Distinguished Lecture Series, sponsored by the MAES. The series is intended for all people working on climate change, both at MSU and outside the university.

On March 4, Richard Schmalensee, of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, will discuss renewable energy policies. Schmalensee is the Howard W. Johnson professor of economics and management at MIT and director of the MIT Center for Energy and Environmental Policy Research. His research looks at industrial organization economics and its application to managerial and public policy issues, with particular emphasis on antitrust, regulatory and environmental policies.Richard Schmalensee

His talk will run from 1 to 2 p.m. in Parlor C of the MSU Union. A reception follows.

On March 22, Björn Stigson, president of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development, will discuss climate change and business. Stigson provides advice to the Chinese government, the Dow Jones sustainability indexes, the Harvard University Kennedy School of Government, the Clinton Global Initiative and the Global Reporting Initiative.

His talk is scheduled for 1 to 2 p.m. in Parlor C of the MSU Union. A reception follows.

Reminder: Terry Root, senior fellow at the Woods Institute for the Environment at Stanford University, will present “Climate Change and Michigan Species: Adapting or Going Extinct” on Feb. 4 as part of the lecture series.

The lecture series is organized by Thomas Dietz, assistant vice president for environmental research, and Jinhua Zhao, MAES economics and agricultural economics researcher.Bjorn Stigson

There is no charge to attend the lectures, but attendees are asked to preregister. For more information or to RSVP, visit the distinguished lecture series Web site.

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