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The Environmental Finance and Risk Management Program (EFRM) of Florida International University’s world-renowned Institute of Environment will be hosting a two-day forum at the main campus of FIU in Miami, FL on March 9-10th 2023 at the FIU College of Law – Courtroom – Rafael Diaz Balart Hall 1000. The theme of the forum is Science and Public Choice.

Learn more and register here.

Below is the program for this upcoming event. 

  • March 9th, 2023

    8:30AM to 9:15 AM   Registration and Breakfast

    Welcome Remarks: Dean Antony Page, FIU College of Law

    9:15 AM to 10:25 AM   Financial Engineering and Environmental Data Analytics

    Prof. Mike Sukop, FIU Dept. of Earth and Environment

    Dan Krekelberg, Policy Director, The Climate Registry

    Prof. Enrique Villamor, FIU Dept. of Mathematics

    Moderator: Prof. Pablo Olivares, Toronto Metropolitan Univ. Dept. of Mathematics

    10:35 AM to 11:45 AM  Climate at the United Nations: Science, Policy, and Diplomacy

    Dr. Henri Schneider, CEO, Swiss Federation of Small and Medium Enterprises

    Prof. Mathew Burgess, University of Colorado Boulder Dept. of Environmental Studies

    Prof. Hugh Willoughby, FIU Dept. of Earth & Environment

    Prof. Tiffany Troxler, FIU Dept. of Earth & Environment

    Moderator: Prof. Mario Loyola, FIU Institute of Environment, FIU College of Law

    12:15 PM to 1:00 PM   Lunch and Keynote Conversation

    Melissa Roberts, Executive Director, American Flood Coalition

    1:00 PM to 1:50 PM   Endangered Species Act at 50

    Prof. Jonathan Adler, Case-Western University Law School

    Prof. Alex Erwin, FIU College of Law

    2:00 PM to 3:10 PM  Biodiversity Protection, Property Rights, and ESA Reform

    Prof. Mike Ross, FIU Dept. of Earth & Environment

    Dr. Steve Davis, Everglades Foundation

    Prof. Dominic Parker, University of Wisconsin-Madison Dept. of Economics

    Prof. Nancy McLaughlin, University of Utah College of Law

    3:20 PM to 4:30 PM   Sustainable Energy: Obstacles and Opportunities

    Prof. James Coleman, Southern Methodist University School of Law

    Prof. David Adelman, University of Texas School of Law

    Michael Buschbacher, Boyden Gray and Associates

    Karen Hanley, Permitting Institute

    Moderator: Mario Loyola, FIU

    6:30 PM Reception and Dinner                        

    FIU Int’l Center for Tropical Botany (Kampong) Coconut Grove (By invitation)

    Dean Michael Heithaus, FIU College of Arts Sciences and Education

    Keynote TBA



    March 10th, 2023

    8:30AM to 9:15AM Breakfast

    Special Presentation: Sustainable Futures

    Silvio Pupo-Casco, Logos Capital, “The Promise of High-Tech Innovation”

    9:15 AM to 10:25 AM:  Environmental Justice, CBA, and the OIRA Regulatory Process

    Prof. Abigail Flemming, University of Miami Environmental Justice Clinic

    Dr. Richard Belzer, Consultant, Former Chief Economist, OIRA

    Michael Fitzpatrick, Brunswick Group, Former Deputy Head of OIRA

    Joanne Spalding, Chief Climate Counsel, Sierra Club

    Prof. Max Sarinsky, New York University School of Law

    Moderator: Paul Ray, Heritage Foundation

    10:40 AM to 11:50 PM:  ESG Investing: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

    Richard Morrisson, Senior Fellow, Competitive Enterprise Institute

    Prof. Flavio Carrillo, FIU Dept. of Finance

    Prof. Max Schanzenbach, Northwestern University Law School

    Alex Moreira, Aska Impact

    Moderator: Prof. Luis Seco, University of Toronto Dept. of Mathematics

    12:30 PM to 2:00pm Lunch and Inaugural VoLo Foundation Lecture

    A Conversation with Bret Stephens, Pulitzer Prize winning New York Times Columnist: “Science, Free Speech, and Public Choice”