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Energy & Environment Program

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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 & 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 1:00-2:30 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 & Director of the UT Natural Resource Policy Center


Becky Jacobs, College of Law


Charles Sims, Baker Center Faculty Fellow and Economics, Director of the Energy & Environmental Policy Program at the Baker Center.


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.

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