Environmental Economics & Business Systems

A wealth of opportunities lives at the intersection of business, economics, and the environment. Arizona Environment explores the economic impacts of environmental degradation, policy frameworks for controlling environmental impacts, and business solutions that support a sustainable economy.

Environmental impacts are real costs that are often not reflected in the prices that businesses and consumers pay.  We strive to find the optimal intersection between society’s needs, private sector interests, and environmental protection and restoration.  We move the global economy towards new solutions by measuring the costs of environmental impacts and developing policy frameworks that lead businesses and citizens to consider those costs.  These policy frameworks lead to better long-term choices and technologies throughout the economy.  And by building the business case for sustainability, Arizona Environment researchers encourage stakeholders and community partners to adopt practices that lead to a sustainable future.