Center for the Economics of Sustainability

Center for the Economics of Sustainability
Forces of Nature.
Courses of Action.
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In Focus
When pollution moves to you

No one wants to live near a toxic plant. Toxin-releasing facilities such as paper, pulp, and other manufacturing plants negatively affect human health, environmental quality, and property values.

In Focus
Nutrition & Food Waste with Obesity Prevention

Listen to our most recent podcast with Brenna Ellison* and Melissa Pflugh Prescott** as they discuss highlights from their recently published paper, “Examining Nutri

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In Focus
How Housing Discrimination Affects Environmental Inequality

Economists and urban planners generally agree that local pollution sources disproportionally impact racial minorities in the U.S.

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In Focus
Adapting to Climate Change for Indiana's Agriculture

Indiana ranks in the top ten producers nationally for blueberries, as well as corn, soybeans, peppermint, processing tomatoes, cantaloupe, watermelon, snap beans, and cucumbers.

Why it Matters.

The Center for the Economics of Sustainability harnesses economics to promote prosperity and human well-being now and in the future with a balance of reliable food, water and energy systems, environmental quality, and community development. Our research helps inform environmental policy and resource management decisions in Illinois — and around the world.

Research Output

Doodle of junk food
Kids eat more veggies the longer they sit
July 27, 2021
10:19 AM

They may be wiggly, but kids eat more fruit and vegetables when they sit longer at lunch time. Most kids do not choose fruits and vegetables first, but research from the University of Illinois finds that they are more likely to pick those foods the longer they sit - after they eat their favorites, of course.

Madhu Khanna with Luoye Chen
Low-carbon fuels
July 22, 2021
10:19 AM

Madhu Khanna was selected to serve on a National Academy of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine Committee that will conduct the study Current Methods for Life Cycle Analyses of Low-Carbon Transportation Fuels in the United States.

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AirBNB, toxic plants, and farmer democracy: the latest CEOS newsletter
July 19, 2021
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See the full July 2021 newsletter here.

A few highlights include: 

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The latest on irrigation, democracy, & AirBNB
April 1, 2020
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Click the links for our most recent research on all areas of the economics of sustainability:

Food & Agriculture

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