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Jeffrey Michael, director of the Center for Business and Policy Research, receives Carla Bard Environmental Education Award for his research on environmental economics.

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Economist Jeffrey Michael honored for impactful water research

Jun 18, 2018

Jeffrey Michael, director of Pacific's Center for Business and Policy Research, is being honored with the prestigious Carla Bard Environmental Education Award from the Bay Institute for shedding light on complex economic issues surrounding California water use and his work on the agricultural economy and environmental laws.

"I was surprised, because economists don't usually receive these types of awards," Michael said. "Historically, it has been awarded to scientists, conservationists and political leaders... it is gratifying that they have found my work on water and a variety of economic myths useful to them."

To honor those who have significantly increased the public's understanding of the San Francisco Bay-Delta Estuary, the Carla Bard Education Award was created in1992 by The Bay Institute, the science, research, environmental policy and advocacy arm of the Bay Ecotarium.

"It's important to recognize those individuals who have helped improve and inspire conservation of the San Francisco Bay-Delta Estuary and its watershed," said Gary Bobker, The Bay Institute program director. "That's why each year, The Bay Institute honors these individuals with awards in three categories: education, reporting and extraordinary accomplishment."

This is not the first time Michael has been recognized for his work in environmental economics. Water Deeply, an independent digital media project covering the water crises in California and the West, named him one of just six economic water "Experts to Watch" two years ago. He also received a Delta Advocate Award from Restore the Delta, which works to preserve the San Francisco Bay-Delta Estuary.

Michael, who has produced a number of reports linking water and the economy, said "These reports illustrated the truth about the drivers of unemployment and poverty in the Central Valley and criticized political leaders who were focused on weakening environmental laws instead of actions that would be more beneficial to their economy and constituents."

Michael will receive his award at a June 28 event in Sausalito.

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