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What is the Future of Environmental Finance?

Future of Environmental Finance Public Forum

Future of Environmental Finance Public Forum

On Monday, May 5, the Environmental Finance Center at UNC hosted an event on The Future of Environmental Finance.  Through this public forum, our goal was to share promising strategies for financing current and future environmental challenges.  Speakers from all levels of government, non-profits, foundations and businesses joined us to share their unique perspective on environmental finance.  In all, 130 participants joined us in person at our institutional home, the UNC School of Government, while 250 participants watched the session live via an online stream.

In this post, our Senior Project Director Glenn Barnes shares his thoughts on one of the themes that emerged from the public forum. The post also includes a link to a video recording of the event.

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A New Environmental Education Framework: The Need for Financial Literacy

Lexi Herndon is the Marketing and Outreach Coordinator at the Environmental Finance Center at UNC Chapel Hill.

Environmental education (EE) is a big fish these days. Programs are flourishing across the country, large and small, public and private, for the young and the old, and on almost every environmental issue we face. Why has environmental education become so big? According to the EPA, EE “provides the public with the necessary skills to make informed decisions and take responsible action.” The North American Association for Environmental Education (NAAEE) explains that EE leads to environmentally literate citizens who know what they need to do to keep the environment healthy and sustain its resources. While the growth of EE has certainly led to significant progress towards this goal, from our perspective at the Environmental Finance Center, something is still missing: environmental finance education. Continue reading