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Student Symposium on Energy and Environmental Policy Research


Presented by the students of Winter 2018 Pub Pol 495: Energy and Environmental Policy Research

Date & time

Apr 25, 2018, 4:00-6:00 pm EDT


Weill Hall Betty Ford Classroom (1110)
735 S. State Street, Ann Arbor, MI 48109

Refreshments served

Free and open to the public

About the symposium: 
Student panels will discuss the implications of their independent research projects on state and local environmental policy on issues including water, energy, climate change, and land use.

This event showcases the work of Ford School BA students enrolled in a section of PubPol 495 that is part of the CLOSUP in the Classroom Initiative.

Panel 1:  Human Considerations in Environmental Policy


American Media Framing of World Population Growth

Comparing Context of Local Government Response to Sea Level Rise in Norfolk and Miami

Was the Flint water crisis a focusing event? An analysis of the public reaction to the Flint crisis

The Effect of Public Opinion on International Environmental Agreements in the U.S. and China

The Prioritization of the Prisoner Community versus the Host-Community
 in the Relocation of Utah’s Draper State Prison

Changing Winds of Community Attitudes Towards Wind Energy Development:
 an Analysis of Huron County, Michigan


Panel 2:  Economic Considerations in Environmental Policy


Comparing What Triggered Renewable Energy Development in Jordan and Morocco

The Politics of the Gas Tax: Exploring State Politics and the Oil Industry

Framing Local Parking Restrictions as Climate Change Mitigation Policies

Disparities in Green Infrastructure Implementation in Washtenaw County, Michigan

Examining policy attitudes towards land exchanges and urban infrastructure in
Alaskan National Wildlife Refuges


Panel 3:  Political Considerations in Environmental Policy


Analyzing the Evolution of the Renewable Portfolio Standard in the United States

Exploring Current Republican Senators’ Portrayal of Climate Change and Mitigation Policies

Virginia’s Road to RGGI: A Case Study of State-Level Cap-and-Trade Adoption

An Inquiry into Renewable Energy Credit Trading Within and Among States

How the Future of Nuclear Energy is Framed by the Obama and Trump Administrations

The Role of National and State Actors in the Cape Town Water Crisis

Sponsored by:
University of Michigan Center for Local, State, and Urban Policy (CLOSUP)

For more information: 
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