News and Announcements
A new paper by Bob Loeffler, visiting professor of public policy at ISER, examines whether valid assessments of the ecological risks posed by mining projects can be done at the pre-design stage—that is, before a mining company submits a detailed mine design to government regulators. The author draws conclusions by analyzing three existing ecological risk assessments for mining projects in Alaska: post-design assessments for the Kensington and Red Dog mines and a pre-design assessment for the proposed Pebble mine. Download the PDF (889.3KB)
A new book, The Cool 100, published by the Technical University of Denmark, features a chapter by energy economists Tobias Schwörer and Ginny Fay of ISER and Dennis Meiners of Intelligent Energy Systems. The chapter, “The Chaninik Wind Group,” describes an innovative collaboration among village utilities in four southwest Alaska communities. With state and federal funds, the communities are building wind-diesel smart grid systems that have the potential to supply a large share of community electricity and also provide considerable energy for heating or other uses. The Chaninik Wind Group is the first organization to develop such systems for an isolated [...]
Heather Hudson gave a presentation on “Broadband Policies for the North” for the Anchorage chapter of the IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers) on November 16. Her presentation can be found here. Her presentation can be found here.
In its November 23 edition, the Alaska Journal of Commerce reports on ISER's 50 years as an public policy research organization. Read article
This course provides an overview of the legal, economic, and political framework for making decisions about resource development. It is intended for students who may work in industry, government, Alaska Native corporations, or consulting firms. See information about this class.
ISER faculty will teach a variety of courses in spring 2012, including classes on energy and environmental economics, communications policy, public land management, research methods, and culture and globalization.