About the Center

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 of water rights is lacking. Learn more

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Benefit-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. Available January 2015. Preview new book


The 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. By 2030 the new regulation would cut carbon pollution from power plants by 30% from previous levels — the equivalent of taking two-thirds of all cars and truck in America off the road. Learn more

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Air 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