Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Pikes Peak Environmental Forum to host first luncheon of the season

Posted By on Wed, Sep 20, 2017 at 8:38 AM

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The Pikes Peak Environmental Forum invites the public to explore environmental issues through the lens of Daphne Greenwood, a University of Colorado at Colorado Springs economics professor.

The luncheon will kick off a series of speakers from various
professional backgrounds. In the first lecture, Greenwood will tackle problems at the vanguard of environmental science, from climate change to water shortages. She will relay how economics can lead to improvements in these areas.

Greenwood, who’s been studying environmental economics over the past ten years, says economics and the environment aren’t opposing forces or even overlapping topics. In fact, she says the two have a strong connection and directly affect one another.

However, there needs to be shift in thinking in the economic realm.

“Some of these environmental services are becoming scarce, but we can’t use regular economic mechanisms to deal with it,” she said. “The traditions we are operating in are changing a lot, so we have to really re-think some of the economics to match with that.”

The PPEF began as a tool for professionals in Colorado Springs to delve into environmental issues that might affect businesses. In the past few years, it has morphed into more of a community discussion. PPEF Coordinator, Michele Mukatis, says all are invited to the event, which will take place Friday, Sept. 22, from 12-2 p.m. at the Margarita at Pine Creek. Bring plenty of questions.

If informative, groundbreaking research isn’t enough of a reason to attend, the event is also a substantial networking opportunity.

To RSVP, send an email to For those who do not have email, call 231-6265. Be sure to call in advance.

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