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Wilma Dykeman Legacy – Green Money: Natural Costs and Benefits Panel – Webinar

June 2, 2022 @ 9:00 am - 11:00 am


** Evan Couzo of the University of North Carolina at Asheville will present some guiding principles for an economic look at the environment.
** Anne Keller of RiverLink will present findings from the recent Economic Impact Study of the French Broad River.
** Kathy Newfont of the University of Kentucky will discuss “The Political Economy of Forests.”


Evan Couzo
Associate Professor, STEM Education @UNC Asheville
Evan Couzo joined UNC Asheville’s Department of Education in 2015 and is Associate Professor of STEM Education. He is an atmospheric and environmental scientist by training and survived Boston’s record-setting winter while a postdoctoral associate at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Evan’s research interests cover a broad range of air quality issues from pollutant formation and public health to regulatory decision-making and climate change. His most recent work investigated how sustainable development decisions in Saudi Arabia will affect air quality and health impacts. Evan’s interest in public education was formed in the Mississippi Delta, where he taught middle school math as a member of the Mississippi Teacher Corps. Evan majored in Physics at Williams College, earned an MA in Curriculum and Instruction at The University of Mississippi, and received his MS and PhD in Environmental Sciences and Engineering at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Anne Keller
Chair of the Board of Directors @RiverLink
Dr. Anne E. Keller has nearly 30 years’ experience working in state and federal agencies focused on water quality, aquatic toxicology, and community sustainability. While at the US Fish and Wildlife Survey, she developed study techniques for endangered freshwater mussels while at the USFWS and contributed to the Great Lakes Water Quality Initiative. At EPA, she worked on strategic planning for the regional office, assisted with states on water quality programs, served as the River Navigator on the St. Johns River, Florida as part of the American Heritage Rivers Initiative, and coordinated the southeast region’s interagency Partnership for Sustainable Communities. Since retiring, Anne has served in a number of environmentally related volunteer roles in the Asheville area. She holds an MS in Zoology (physiology) from the University of South Florida, and an MS in Limnology and Ph.D. in Aquatic Toxicology from the University of Florida.
Kathy Newfont
Associate Professor of History @University of Kentucky
Kathy Newfont is Associate Professor of History at the University of Kentucky. Kathy majored in History at Haverford College and earned her MA and PhD in History at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She worked as a researcher in the Southern Oral History Program at UNC, taught history at Mars Hill University, and currently teaches History as well as Environmental and Sustainability Studies at the University of Kentucky. In 2020, she chaired the 43rd Annual Conference of the Appalachian Studies Association. Kathy is the author of the award-winning 2012 study, Blue Ridge Commons: Environmental Activism and Forest History in Western North Carolina.


June 2, 2022
9:00 am - 11:00 am
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