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The mission of the Center for Environmental Economics and Sustainability Policy (CEESP) is to develop research in environmental and resource economics that is relevant to policy needs. Special attention is given to issues of sustainability in the context of environmental, energy, climate, and resource management.

CEESP organizes faculty, post-doctoral fellows, graduate and undergraduate students in its research activities. The Center’s faculty and research fellows work with the Central Arizona Project Long Term Ecological Research Site, the Decision Center for a Desert City and other inter-disciplinary research programs at ASU. Our research is supported by grants from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the National Science Foundation, the Department of Homeland Security as well as other government agencies and non-profit foundations.


Lake near San Luis Obispo, CA. crop_USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service. Public domain.California Water Rights

In the last century, California has issued water rights that amount to roughly five times the state’s average annual runoff, underscoring a chronic imbalance between supply and demand. Michael Hanemann has studied the issue and says it is not that the state has issued too many water rights, but rather that enforcement is lacking. Learn more >

Book cover proof page 1_thumbnailBenefit-Cost Analyses for Security Policies

The opening of the National September 11th Memorial and Museum in 2014 marks a new era of reflection toward enhancing homeland security regulation in the United States. In the context of this new era, it is necessary to consider how policy intended to reinforce homeland security is evaluated. V. Kerry Smith and Carol Mansfield are co-editors of a new book on U.S. homeland security policies and regulations.  Preview book > Learn more >

article-5-thumbThe EPA Announces New Carbon Regulations for Power Plants

The Environmental Protection Agency proposes new restrictions on power plants to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, a move that is likely to accelerate a shift away from coal. The rule would cut carbon pollution from power plants 30% from 2005 levels by 2030. Learn more >

article-5-thumbTargeting Water Management Policies

Residential water demand is heterogeneous. Past efforts to consistently model demand responses to water prices have focused on the incentives stemming from increasing block pricing and given less attention to the heterogeneity in demands. The later may well be more important to flexible water management that assures basic services can be paid for and water scarcity is recognized. Professor Michael Hanemann has pioneered the leading research in this area. Dr Kent Zhao, CEESP Post-doctoral fellow has extended this work by developing innovative methods for unpacking the sources for the diversity in water demands. Learn more >

article-8-thumbAir Pollution in China Alters Lifestyle

Smog across northern China has surged to record levels. Deadly pollutants up to 40 times the recommended exposure limit in Beijing and other cities have struck fear into parents and led them to take steps that are radically altering the nature of urban life for their children. Parents are confining sons and daughters to their homes, schools are canceling outdoor activities and field trips. Families are choosing schools based on air-filtration systems, and some international schools have built gigantic, futuristic-looking domes over sports fields to ensure healthy breathing. Learn more >