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This Week's Work: Mar. 21st – Mar. 28th

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Sunday (Mar. 23rd): By 5 p.m., post on-line a one-paragraph description of your Friday experiences in the environment: what happened @ Harriton House (if you were able to join that stroll), and what happened elsewhere if you were not? (Any particular economical, educational, literary and/or artistic dimensions of the experience you'd like to highlight?)

Monday (Mar. 24th):

ECON: Read this excerpt (pp. 43-54) from Cairncross, F. (1992).   Costing the Earth: The Challenge for Governments, the Opportunities for BusinessHarvard Business School Press. then read from middle of page 35 to top of page 39 of Tietenberg, T. and L. Lewis (2008).  Environmental & Natural Resource Economics, 8th ed.  Pearson.The remainder of the excerpt contains additional details on valuation methods, if the topic particularly interests you.

EDUC: Read Judson, A New Approach to Ecological Education, pp. 7-63


Presentation and discussion of creative projects. 
We will create a "gallery" of your finished work, walk around and  enjoy seeing 
what each of you has made, then talk together about what our reactions are, 
both to what we have made ourselves, and to what we have noticed of what others have made.

Wednesday (Mar. 26th):

ECON: The whole hour of this podcast of a talk by Ken Feinberg is worth listening to, but you’ll get a sense of the basic challenge by listening  from about the 4 minute mark to about the 25 minute mark.   It’s also available through iTunes. Read this excerpt (start through p. 688) of ch. 20 of Viscusi, W.K., J.M. Vernon and J.E. Harrington, Jr. (2005). Economics of Regulation and Antitrust, 4th Ed. MIT Press.

EDUC: Read Judson, A New Approach to Ecological Education

ENGL: Presentation and discussion of selected eco-artists (back in English House II).
(upload your images BEFORE CLASS @ ) You will each have five minutes to project some images of the eco-artist you've selected, to talk about what they are expressing, how they use process, materials, site, and cultural tradition, how their ideas relate to ecological issues, how their work changed and developed over time, and how they speak to you on a personal level. Then we’ll take a couple of minutes for possible questions, before moving on to the work of the next artist.

Friday (Mar. 28th):

ECON: Work through this Net Present Value reading Before you retire Thursday night (or by 3am Friday, March 28) Open up the attached Present Value spreadsheet, complete the following two problems and save to our shared Dropbox folder.
1)  You invest $2,000 now, receive 3 yearly payments of $100 each, plus $2,500 in the 3rd year.  The interest rate is 10%.   Find the net present value of the investment.
2)   You invest $2,000 now, receive 4 yearly payments of $300 starting in year 2, plus $2000 in year 6.   The interest rate is 10%.   Find the net present value of the investment.
Looking forward:   The Explaining an Externality Market Failure paper will be due Monday night, March 31

Possible rescheduling of Whissahickon...


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