My teaching is on methods for strengthening the links between increased investment and improved environmental performance, particularly the tools that can be used to attract – or drive – more investment into better performance. The legal concepts and tools that investors use to put their money to work are the starting points for my teaching. In my introductory class on Private Investment and the Environment (FES 85030) these include:
- Who owns what (property rights in things, land, water, organizations, ideas)?
- How trade property (contracts to exchange ownership or usage)?
- How address market failures (regulation of monopolies, information, externalized costs and benefits)?
- Strategies for Land Conservation (FES 80027) examines the legal, financial and managerial aspects of private land conservation in the US through presentations by conservation professionals and clinical projects with local conservation organizations; and
- Emerging Markets for Ecosystems Services (FES 80116) considers (a) as a matter of science, how can a manager provide carbon sequestration, watershed conservation and/or biodiversity protection services from their land, (b) as a matter of business, does it make economic sense to do so, and (c) as a matter of policy, what steps could governments take to help it make it more attractive.