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Energy & Environment Program

The Energy & Environment Program strives to continue Senator Baker’s work in the areas of energy and environmental policy. Among the issues addressed are energy consumption and conservation; nuclear energy; renewable energy; air and water pollution; ecosystem services; and climate change. The center studies the interaction of energy and the environment to develop economically sound policies that improve the quality of life of the world’s citizens. The Energy & Environment program is led by Dr. Charles Sims.

Energy & Environment Forum

The Energy and Environment Forum, with previous support from TNSCORE and TVA, has provided a forum for the academic community to share their research findings from a broad set of national and international academic departments, researchers, and students with a common interest in energy and environment issues.

An interdisciplinary committee of UT faculty invites four to six speakers each semester from fields such as ecology, economics, urban planning, law, atmospheric chemistry and sociology to present on occasional Thursdays from 1-2:30 p.m. in the Baker Center’s Toyota Auditorium. The committee members are:

Paul Armsworth

Ecology & Evolutionary Biology

Don Hodges

Professor of Forest Economics and Policy and Director of the UT Natural Resource Policy Center

Becky Jacobs

College of Law

Charles Sims

Baker Faculty Fellow and Economics


Partnerships with Oak Ridge National Laboratory, the Woodrow Wilson Center for International Scholars, TNSCORE, UT Institute for Secure and Sustainable Environment and the Tennessee Valley Authority, are examples of ways the center and our Fellows work with professionals in the field to develop educational programs and research that inform the public, policymakers, and the world.

Energy & Environment Forum Events

Energy & Environment News

Past Energy & Environmental Recorded Events

To view recordings from past years, visit our archives.

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