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Lunch & Learn: Economics and Environment

October 25, 2023 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Presented by the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research, the Lunch & Learn series brings together Carolina researchers to share their work addressing and mitigating the impact of climate change in North Carolina. Each session will feature a distinct theme and panel of experts presenting their latest research in that area.

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CLE credit is available for this event.

Economics and Environment: The Economic Impact of Climate Change

Wednesday October 25th

Presented by: Environmental Finance Center and School of Government

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Portrait of Riccardo Colacito.
Ric Colacito, Professor of Finance, Kenan-Flagler Business School

Riccardo (Ric) Colacito’s research interests are in the areas of international finance, financial econometrics, model uncertainty, experimental economics, and climate change. His research has been published in top peer-reviewed journals, including the American Economic Review, Journal of Political Economy and Journal of Finance. He has been featured on several news outlets, including CNN, CBS and The Wall Street Journal. He is director of the Capital Markets and Investments concentration in the Full-Time MBA Program. He has received several teaching awards, such as the Weatherspoon Award for Excellence in PhD Teaching and the MBA teaching All Star award.

Portrait of Don Hornstein.
Donald Hornstein, Aubrey L. Brooks Professor of Law, UNC School of Law

Don Hornstein joined the Carolina Law faculty in 1989 and is also a member of the University’s Institute for the Environment and the Environment, Ecology and Energy Program in the College of Arts and Sciences. His teaching and research interests include administrative law, insurance law, the law of regulation and regulatory compliance, environmental law, and appellate advocacy. He was the recipient of a Fulbright Award for research and teaching in East Africa. In 2019, he was selected by the University of North Carolina as the sole professor to be awarded that year’s Board of Governors Award for Excellence in Teaching. He had previously been awarded three other University-wide teaching prizes and, at the Law School, has won the McCall Award for Teaching Excellence a record eight times.

Portrait of Siddhartha Roy.
Siddhartha Roy, Environmental Engineer and Research Associate, UNC Water Institute

Siddhartha Roy conducts research in the areas of drinking water, public health, citizen science, international development, and environmental justice in the United States and West Africa. Roy co-led the Virginia Tech team’s scientific and humanitarian relief work, along with residents of Flint, Michigan, that helped uncover the Flint Water Crisis. His work has won prizes and recognition from the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American Civil Liberties Union, the American Society of Civil Engineers, the American Water Works Association, The Boston Globe/STAT News, the International Water Association, and the Obama Foundation.

Panel Emcee

Portrait of Erin Riggs.
Erin Riggs, Environmental Finance Center Executive Director

Erin Riggs is the Executive Director of the Environmental Finance Center and conducts applied research surrounding legal, policy, and accounting framework that influences environmental finance issues around the country. She graduated from the University of Florida’s Levin College of Law where she pursued a law degree with a specialization in Environmental and Land Use issues. She spent her third year of law school as a visiting student at UNC’s School of Law, where she worked as a legal intern with the Environmental Finance Center on sustainability issues in both North Carolina and Georgia. After law school, Erin worked as the Assistant Executive Director of Waterkeepers Carolina, a statewide organization representing the interests of the Riverkeepers across the state. She then spent three years working in Florida as a staff attorney for state court judges in the areas of both criminal and family law.


October 25, 2023
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
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