Applied Programs

Applied Programs is the extension arm of PERC University—and the proving ground for free market environmentalism (FME). Through educational fellowships, resource-specific workshops, policy and amicus briefs, Applied Programs offers practical, market-based solutions to environmental conflicts.

If you are an environmental professional, resource owner/manager, or government official interested in applying free market environmentalism to your specific challenges, PERC’s Applied Programs may offer some powerful solutions.

Enviropreneur Institute
PERC's Enviropreneur Institute (PEI) is a two-week educational program based in Bozeman, Montana, designed for early to mid-career environmental leaders interested in learning how property rights and markets can enhance environmental assets.

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Policy Fellows
PERC Policy Fellowships offer policy entrepreneurs from government agencies and environmental NGOs targeted training in the application of free market environmentalism to specific policy issues. The timing and structure of these fellowships is flexible.

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Coral Reefs in Florida
With support from the Alex C. Walker Foundation, PERC partnered with Brett Howell (’11 PEI) and the Georgia Aquarium to host a two-day workshop on market approaches to coral reef restoration. The workshop explored how voluntary agreements between reef users, conservationists, government agencies, and private businesses could slow coral reef decline and accelerate private restoration efforts. A coalition of workshop participants later submitted a public comment to the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary.

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California Water Markets
With support from the S.D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation, PERC is hosting a workshop series exploring policy reforms that can increase the gains from trading water in California without sacrificing environmental protections or the rights of other water users. The first and second workshops brought together a mix of water professional, conservationists, and scholars. The third and final event will be held in 2013.

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Forest Certification
Milton Friedman once quipped, "One of the great mistakes is to judge policies and programs by their intentions rather than their results." In this spirit, PERC scholars prepared a policy brief for the Forest Landowners Foundation, explaining how sustainability certification and renewable fuels mandates could accelerate the conversion of non-industrial private forests to developed uses.

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Amici Briefs
Judicial courts play an important role in the resolution of environmental conflicts. In cases involving property rights and private environmental stewardship, PERC scholars have submitted amicus briefs outlining the broader policy implications of property rights infringement.

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