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Wilma Dykeman Legacy – Green Money Forum: “Climate Change” Panel

June 3, 2022 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm



Kathleen Lawlor
Professor of Social Relations and Assistant Professor of Economics @UNC Asheville
Kathleen Lawlor is Professor of Social Relations and Assistant Professor of Economics at the University of North Carolina Asheville. She is an applied microeconomist specializing in development economics, environmental economics, and impact evaluation. Prior to academia, Dr. Lawlor worked on international environment and development policy with numerous organizations including the World Bank Group and Duke University. As a Peace Corps volunteer, she worked with farmers in Cameroon on agroforestry and HIV/AIDS education. Her courses at UNC Asheville emphasize the power of the economic approach to causal inference and how economic theory and evidence can be harnessed to fight poverty and inequality through public policy. Dr. Lawlor holds a BA from The College of William & Mary; an M.E.M. from the Nicholas School of the Environment, Duke University; and a Ph.D. in Public Policy from UNC Chapel Hill.
Jeffrey Gold
Professor Emeritus @East Tennessee State University
Dr. Jeffrey Gold taught courses in philosophy, religion and humanities for 42 years (1978-2020) at East Tennessee State University in Johnson City, TN and for one additional year at Capital University in Columbus, Ohio (2020-2021). During his time at ETSU, Jeff served as Chair of the Department twice (for a total of 11 years), Associate Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences (for 6 years), and Director of the Advisement Center (for 8 years). His publications include papers on Plato, Yoga, Buddhism, Jewish Mysticism, Meditation, and Cultural Diversity. Jeff’s current research investigates a connection between Buddhism and the lyrics of rock and roll music. The main works which influence his perspective on Environmental Philosophy are The Spell of the Sensuous by David Abram, Woman and Nature by Susan Griffin, and Buddhism. Dr. Gold earned his BA in Philosophy at the University of Wisconsin in Madison, and his MA and PhD in Philosophy at The Ohio State University in Columbus.
James Fox
Senior Resilience Analyst @NEMAC+FernLeaf
James (Jim) Fox is a Senior Resilience Associate with NEMAC+FernLeaf, a local Public/Private Partnership. Jim has over 40 years of experience in helping people understand and make decisions in a complex and changing world. Jim is the past Director of UNC Asheville’s NEMAC, where he led the group from 2005 to 2020. The private company FernLeaf Interactive was spun from NEMAC in 2014 with the goal of commercializing climate resilience products and services. The NEMAC+FernLeaf team is known nationally for its significant role in the development and management of the U.S. Climate Resilience Toolkit in collaboration with NOAA’s Climate Program Office. Since the development of NEMAC+FernLeaf, Jim has helped develop and deliver community resilience assessments that include climate for West Palm Beach (FL), Tallahassee (FL), Charleston (SC), North Carolina’s Triangle region (Raleigh/Durham/Chapel Hill/Cary), the Asheville region (NC), and the State of NC Risk Assessment and Resilience Plan.


June 3, 2022
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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