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December 2, 2008

Professors Nancy Shurtz and Roberta Mann Present at the Ninth Annual Global Conference on Environmental Taxation

Professors Nancy Shurtz and Roberta Mann recently traveled to Singapore to present at the Ninth Annual Global Conference on Environmental Taxation. The conference is one of the largest annual gatherings of academic scholars and government officials discussing how fiscal and other economic instruments can help create a sustainProfessor Nancy Shurtzable economy. Experts in the fields of law, economics, business, and accounting presented more than 60 papers during the two-day conference.

Professor Shurtz presented a paper on “The Role of Environmental Tax and Market Mechanisms in the Green Building Movement: The Case of Portland, Oregon,” as part of a panel discussion on Environmental Taxation and the Construction Industry. Visiting Professor Mann gave a plenary presentation, titled “Crouching Lobbyist, Hidden Subsidy: How to Overcome Politics and Find Out Green Destiny,” comparing carbon taxes with cap-and-trade systems.

Professor Roberta MannThe conference focused on the special problems of the urban environment and the challenges that confront cities and large metropolises, while examining the issues of energy generation and consumption, transportation, pollution, population growth housing, urban development, and public health. Professor Akio Morishima, special research advisor for the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies in Japan, delivered the conference’s keynote address, “Emission Trading System and Environmental Tax as a Policy Measure to Realize Low Carbon Society.”

This year’s conference was hosted by the Asia-Pacific Centre for Environmental Law, the Faculty of Law at the National University of Singapore (“NUS”), and the Singapore Academy of Law. Other partners include the Centre on Asia and Globalisation at the NUS Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy; the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants in Singapore, the IUCN Academy of Environmental Law; and the International Tax and Investment Center in Washington, D.C.

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