Environmental Capitalists

PERC's Enviropreneur Camp Wins Top Prize for Social Entrepreneurship
Thomas Bray
By Thomas J. Bray
Exorbitant production costs, pervading stench raise concerns about"green" technology Environment & Climate News June 2005 By Greg McConnell
Thomas Bray
Philanthropy Magazine January/February 2004 By Thomas J. Bray
J. Bishop Grewell
By J. Bishop Grewell and Clay J. Landry with Greg Conko
J. Bishop Grewell
Agriculture has proven that it can feed the world. Ever-increasing yields and changing demographics have ensured the cultivation of sufficient food; only distribution remains an obstacle.
J. Bishop Grewell, Peter Hill
Bozeman Daily ChronicleJune 20, 2000 By J. Bishop GrewellIn the foothills of
Jane Shaw
Tacoma News TribuneAugust 13, 1998 By Matthew Brown and Jane S. Shaw
Donald Leal, Terry Anderson
Wall Street JournalAugust 26,1997 By Terry L. Anderson and Donald R. Leal
January 12, 2010 Public Lecture Strathmore Univeristy January 12, 2009
Agenda       Readings        Faculty
Walter Thurman
This workshop will consider the potential for contracting for ecosystem services by focusing on the transaction costs of such contracting, other impediments to contracting, and public policies that could promote market transactions. Specific focal areas include: water quality and quantity, wildlife habitat, open space, and agricultural pollination services.
Linda Platts
PERC Enviropreneur alum Dave Wager is helping to restore forests overstocked with trees and making a business by using the wood to make beautiful Tree Ring Pens.
Terry Anderson
Endangered African wildlife are conserved on Texas ranches that have switched from money-losing livestock to profitable rare and endangered species.
As part of PERC's Free Market Environmentalism Workshop, "Financial Contracting, Transaction Costs, and Environmental Amenities," Dr. Jonathan Karpoff offers the keynote address highlighting Ronald Coase and environmental finance.
As part of PERC's Free Market Environmentalism Workshop, "Financial Contracting, Transaction Costs, and Environmental Amenities,"Jonathan Klick of the University of Pennsylvania Law School offers a summary of the conference and closing remarks on the future of environmental finance.
As part of PERC's Free Market Environmentalism Workshop, "Financial Contracting, Transaction Costs, and Environmental Amenities," Micheal Orlando of Economics Advisors Inc. presents on financial contracting, energy, and the environment.
As part of PERC's Free Market Environmentalism Workshop, "Financial Contracting, Transaction Costs, and Environmental Amenities," Dr. Robin Hanson of George Mason University presents on information markets for environmental services.
As part of PERC's Free Market Environmentalism Workshop, "Financial Contracting, Transaction Costs, and Environmental Amenities," Dr. Jonathan Karpoff offers the keynote address highlighting Ronald Coase and environmental finance. Chapter 2 offers an overview of the patron saints.
As part of PERC's Free Market Environmentalism Workshop, "Financial Contracting, Transaction Costs, and Environmental Amenities," Dr. Jonathan Karpoff offers the keynote address highlighting Ronald Coase and environmental finance. Section 3 highlights Ronald Coase's contributions.
As part of PERC's FME workshop, "Financial Contracting, Transaction Costs, and Environmental Amenities," Dr. Jamie Brown of Iowa State University presents on entrepreneurial finance and environmental innovation.
As part of PERC's Free Market Environmentalism Workshop, "Financial Contracting, Transaction Costs, and Environmental Amenities," Dr. Jonathan Karpoff offers the keynote address highlighting Ronald Coase and environmental finance. Concluding Remarks.
As part of PERC's Free Market Environmentalism Workshop, "Financial Contracting, Transaction Costs, and Environmental Amenities," Dr. Richard Geddes of Cornell University presents on congestion pricing.
Jeremy Gingerich, ranch manager of Banded Peak Ranch, discusses his experience at PERC's Enviropreneur Institute and how creative conservation strategies are protecting open landscapes in the west.
Emily Wood, Annie Beckhelling
By the employment of dogs, farmers and conservationists are reducing both livestock lost to predation and cheetahs lost to predator control.
As part of PERC's FME workshop, "Financial Contracting, Transaction Costs, and Environmental Amenities," Jonathan Klick of the University of Pennsylvania Law School presents on estimating the effects of emissions permits.
Chris Corbin
At a young age Chris Corbin was told, "Do what you

From the Editor

The intersection of environmentalism and entrepreneurship is a popular place these days.

Features

Joe Sehee
Can one last act really mean something?
Steve McKean, Stephanie Gripne
Converting agricultural land into recreational property
Carol Ferrie
By Carol Ferrie
Andrew Morriss
It works in Guatemala, for good reasons.
Elizabeth Singleton
By Elizabeth Singleton
How property rights save wildlife in Zimbabwe.
Terry Anderson
Hunting and economics meet in South Africa.
A Superfund site in Montana becomes a golf course.
As fishers flocked to their trout streams, a Montana ranch family discovered how to spur cooperation.
Terry Anderson, Donald Leal, Jane Shaw
Shawn Regan
Pens from old-growth forests preserve the forest as well as its history.
Tom Iseman
By Tom Iseman
Reed Watson
Enviropreneur Brett Howell is developing a market for coral reef restoration off of Florida's coast.
Holly Fretwell
Land management lessons from a rancher turned "enviropreneur"
Peter Hill, Shawn Regan
Entrepreneurs are capitalizing on ecotourism and environmental amenities to transform an agricultural economy into a nature-based economy.
Carlos Fernandez, Andrea Nogues
Even travelers in Patagonia forget t
Paul Schwennesen
"Local,” they say, “never goes out of seas
Todd Graham
By Todd Graham
Kelly L. Westover
By Kelly L. Westover
Todd Gartner
By Todd Gartner
Nicole White
Markets fluctuate. In the past year, I have ridden a market roller coaster in an environmental arena that has seen high peaks, which led to my dream job, and low valleys, which put me among the unemployed.
The Mojave Desert in southwest Utah is desolate and dry, until Highway 18 takes you across a canyon that is overflowing with lush greenery, sheer rock walls, and gin-clear springs.
Jeff Masten
In North Carolina, productive land is being lost to development while more people are seeking locally grown foods. Triangle Land Conservancy, a community land trust, is encouraging the use of its lands for food production by offering long-term leases to new farmers.
Stephanie Gripne
The Malua Wildlife Habitat Conservation Bank (Malua BioBank ) recently was launched in Malaysia by a forestry investment management firm that is at the forefront of developing and commercializing environmental products.
Javed Kahn
About 3,000 wild snow leopards now roam the pristine areas of Himalayan mountain regions. Despite conservation measures, most of which aim to establish protected areas, the long-term survival of this beautiful mountain cat is far from assured.
Ariel Steele
Colorado has created a grand experiment using private markets to preserve open space through a transferable state income tax credit.
Chrys Hutchings
Headlights trace the dying canopy of a stand of Pohutukawa trees. The decades-old, fourwheel- drive Range Rover slows, and a father and son disembark with their shotguns.
Martin Hostettler
Forests guard villages from avalanches and other natural disasters

Columns

Terry Anderson
September 2007Volume 25 | Number 3 ON TARGET By Terry L. Anderson
Terry Anderson
Building the university of free market environmentalism will require a combination of business acumen and environmental passion.
Terry Anderson
Nobel laureate Ronald Coase has passed away at the age of 102. Coase's work provided the intellectual foundation on which free market environmentalism is built.
Terry Anderson
Luddites can thwart even the best enviropreneurs; they see solutions as problems.
Terry Anderson
Wikipedia—externality: an impact on a party that is not directly involved in the transaction.PERC—enviropreneur: a person who has no patience for externalities.By Terry Anderson

Perspectives

Linda Platts
Compiled by Linda Platts
Linda Platts
Rod Sprules, an engineer with extensive experience in product development, made the first java log by packing an empty cigar tube with dried coffee grounds and lighting it at the dining table.
Linda Platts
If you have ever been out for a stroll in your flip-flops and stubbed a toe on a cracked sidewalk that resembles a mogul run, you will appreciate the dream that Richard Valeriano had one night.
Linda Platts
A recent issue of Audubon magazine arrived with a somewhat unexpected message on the front: "Log Your Land." Needless to say, the article contained a few qualifiers rather than simply suggesting landowners dash into the woods with their chainsaws.
Linda Platts
Some of the finest restaurants in San Francisco are serving up delicious Northern California wines and vegetables that were produced with the help of scraps from their customers' plates.
Linda Platts
African elephants are not only majestic animals, but also cropraiding nuisances, endangering human lives and livelihoods. Conservation groups have determined that in order to protect elephants it is necessary to protect the people who are sharing the land with them.
Linda Platts
In a 100-acre Iowa farm field, hemmed in by electrical fencing, 2,000 pigs are contentedly doing whatever pigs do. The farmer who owns them, Paul Willis, refers to them as his "free-range" pigs.
Linda Platts
What is the world coming to when Diane Von Furstenberg, Halston, and Oscar de la Renta are using materials made from wood pulp, bamboo, corn fiber, and Japanese leaves that contain anti-allergens.
Linda Platts
If your landscape is in need of a little razzle-dazzle, EnviroGLAS Products Inc. of Plano, Texas, may have just what you need.
Linda Platts
In the basement of an engineering building at Northeastern University in Boston, a strange eggbeater-type machine is strapped to a gurney in the corner.
Linda Platts
In many instances, litigation has been the tool of choice for environmentalists seeking to halt everything from logging to subdivisions. But times are changing and more battles are moving from public to private lands.
Linda Platts
If you are sipping a latte somewhere in the vast Starbucks empire, you can rest assured that the corporation is moving steadfastly toward more environmentally friendly practices.
Linda Platts
Pioneer bamboo producers in Mexico are hoping to turn the tables on China and become one of the world's largest producers of bamboo. Although the fact is not widely known, bamboo is actually a grass, which has long grown wild throughout many parts of Mexico.
Linda Platts
More than sixty miles from the nearest ocean, Pacific white shrimp are growing plump and juicy in pure fresh water from deep artesian wells. They have been certified by the U.S.
Linda Platts
South Africa is known worldwide for its spectacular national parks, but what is less widely known is the number of private game reserves that have abandoned cattle and crops to concentrate on conserving wildlife (see Terry Anderson's article in this issue).
Linda Platts
In Tanzania, the Nile crocodile is probably best known for its threat to human life. Not only does it snatch villagers from the river banks, but it has even made forays onto the lawns of tourist lodges in search of a tasty meal.
Linda Platts
In Wyoming's Powder River Basin, efforts to access a major new source of natural gas stalled when drilling for coalbed methane also produced millions of gallons of tainted groundwater.
Linda Platts
Researchers at Purdue University say that water hazards on golf courses can do a lot more than provide a challenge to players. They can remove a host of pollutants and improve water quality.
Linda Platts
Slash-and-burn agriculture has long been a way of life for farmers living in forested areas of the Dominican Republic.
Linda Platts
Watch your step, Starbucks. Indigenous farmers from Chiapas, Mexico, are opening cafes in Europe, the United States, and Mexico.
Linda Platts
A disaster for some is an opportunity for others. When noxious weeds invade Montana pastures and hillsides, two enterprising Missoula teenagers reap the benefits.
Linda Platts
The world's largest fish has found a safe haven in the waters surrounding a tiny Caribbean island.
Linda Platts
A great meal for many Americans is a Butterball turkey. A great deal for ConAgra, the company producing Butterballs, is to turn all its turkey waste into marketable products.
Linda Platts
Small family-run farms are facing tough economic times.
Linda Platts
The pop cans, plastic cups, cellophane wrappers,
Linda Platts
Salt deposits can destroy farm land, but at long last, o
Linda Platts
By Linda Platts
Enviropreneurs grow protective foam packaging.
Linda Platts
Swiss company donates water purification systems in Kenya earns carbon credits in return, and makes a profit.
Linda Platts
Solar panels and parking lots have teamed up for what some in the solar industry are calling extraordinary dual use.
Linda Platts
If you have always wanted your own island, it is now possible to order one to your specifications. A modest island, say 25 square feet, carries a reasonable price tag usually less than $600.
Linda Platts
Just a few years ago golf courses were considered an environmental abomination, wasting precious water, spewing runoff contaminated with fertilizers and insecticides, and replacing wild meadows and woodlands with monotonous manicured landscapes to serve the country club set.
Linda Platts
As the push for green energy continues to gain momentum, new wind and solar projects are popping up as quickly as dandelions.
Linda Platts
Some farmers go to work on a tractor and some drive a truck, but in San Francisco and a growing roster of other American cities, farmers hop the bus to work or show up on their bicycles with their hoes in tow.
Linda Platts
Let’s face it. Even in a world where we share the intimate details of our lives online, some things are still private.
Linda Platts
Admittedly, most people don’t leap at the chance to read about human waste. But sometimes we must.
Linda Platts
In the shanty towns of Buenos Aires and other impoverished communities, many children go barefoot. Blake Mycoskie changed that paradigm with the creation of a new business - Toms shoes. Now, children wearing bright-colored canvas shoes can be found on four continents.
Linda Platts
The devastation wrought by the tsunami that struck Sri Lanka in 2004 still exists.
Linda Platts
As paper overflows wastebaskets and flutters from dumpsters in office parks, many people have rallied to the cry for a paperless office to save trees.
Michael Copeland
There is a moment that comes to mind when recalling my short trip into the world of the enviropreneurs.
Linda Platts
While wealthy industrialized countries are struggling to convince their populations to adopt solar energy, dozens of villagers in rural Laos are standing in line to sign up with a small energy company that provides solar power.
Linda Platts
When America’s favorite and most garish eateries begin serving burgers made from grass-fed beef at the drive-through window, prepare for a revolution.
Linda Platts
A 10-acre parcel of tall-grass prairie near Peoria, Ill., was just an afterthought for owners Jerry and Teri Whitledge. The couple operates ten retail stores called The Flower Shop and is a major Illinois wholesale distributor of bedding plants and perennials.