What PERC Does

The Property and Environment Research Center (PERC) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to the principle that individual liberty, secure property rights, and free markets are essential to the conservation of environmental resources. Originally a think-tank where scholars documented how government regulation and bureaucracy often led to environmental degradation, PERC is now the place where scholars refine the principles of free market environmentalism; the place where policy, business, and opinion leaders turn for environmental solutions; and the place where environmental entrepreneurs pair conservation and economic profit.

  • Research and Policy Analysis - Original research by PERC scholars leads to new policies and approaches for applying free market environmentalism to a wide variety of natural resource issues. Current topics of research include water marketing, ecosystem services, Native American institutions, wildlife habitat management, fisheries preservation, environmental entrepreneurship, public lands management, and the shifting relationship between resource extraction and resource protection.

  • Outreach - PERC's research is widely distributed to policy makers, environmentalists, journalists, entrepreneurs, scholars, and students. In this way, it can be incorporated into the thinking and planning that goes into policy formation. It also serves to define a new way of thinking about how to solve environmental problems. Outreach takes the form of a quarterly magazine known as PERC Reports, as well as case studies, policy series, books, articles, blogs, videos, podcasts, Facebook, Twitter, as well as a stimulating array of conferences, workshops, and speaking engagements.

  • Applied Programs - PERC’s Applied Programs help conservationists and resource managers apply PERC's ideas to solve on-the-ground environmental problems. This area focuses on applied programs for resource managers and environmental leaders. Resource managers include a broad range of people who deal directly with land, water, wildlife, and air resources. Typically they are individuals who have a direct stake in how natural resources are used and are interested in exploring ways of increasing the value of those assets. PERC's Enviropreneur Institute has a 12-year history of providng training to aid individuals in creating businesses that can broker deals with resource owners.

  • Programs and Fellowships - As PERC has grown over the past 30 years, so too have the number of programs and fellowships that we offer. Some programs are open to the public and others are designed for particular groups -- such as conservation professionals or professors. Many (but not all) of the in-residence programs include a stipend, room and board, and travel expenses. For more information on these programs, and for online applications, visit our Programs and Fellowships pages.
  • PERC Profile - The John William Pope Foundation has been a long-time supporter of PERC and our mission. Read what our supporters think of PERC's accomplishments!