ENVM 607 - Environmental Policy: Design and Implementation (2)

When is a discharge limit better than a concentration limit? Why use a risk-based standard rather than a technology standard? How do ideas of pollution prevention and market incentives get incorporated into policy? Why are some policies more expensive or more strongly enforced than others? We will explore these and other questions by examining the technical, political, economic, legal, and social bases for designing and implementing environmental policies. This course will provide students with a solid understanding of the broad features of existing US and California environmental policies' their achievements and shortcomings' and challenge students to think about the kinds of future policies needed to address environmental concerns.