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Kenneth R. Richards

Professor

kenricha@indiana.edu
(812) 855-5971
SPEA Room 410L


Education
Ph.D., Public Policy, Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, 1997
J.D., University of Pennsylvania, 1997
M.S.C.E., Urban and Regional Planning, Northwestern University, 1983
B.S.C.E., Environmental Engineering, Technological Institute, Northwestern University, 1983
B.A., Botany and Chemistry, Duke University, 1979

Professional Experience

  • Musim Mas Chair in Sustainability, National University of Singapore, Department of Strategy and Public Policy (Visiting Position, 2012 - 2014)
  • Director, IU at Oxford Program
  • Associate Director, Richard G. Lugar Center for Renewable Energy
  • Associate Director, Center for Research on Energy and the Environment
  • James Martin Senior Visiting Fellow, Oxford Martin School, University of Oxford
  • Senior Visiting Research Fellow, Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment, University of Oxford
  • Affiliated Associate Professor of Law, Indiana University, Maurer School of Law
  • Bloomington Energy and Environmental Intelligence LLC (Principal), 2008 - present
  • ICF Consulting (Senior Consultant), 2001-2002
  • Bloomington Environmental Commissioner, 1999-2004
  • U.S. Department of Justice, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (Consultant), 1998
  • American Automobile Manufacturers Association (Consultant), 1997
  • Charles River Association (Consultant), 1997
  • Hermiston Power Project (Expert Witness), 1996
  • Pacific Northwest Laboratory (Senior Economist), Washington, DC, 1993-1996
  • Economic Research Service (Economist), U.S. Department of Agriculture, Washington, DC, 1991-1993
  • Council of Economic Advisers (Junior Staff Economist), Washington, DC, 1988-1989
  • Wharton Center for Applied Research (Project Consultant), Philadelphia, PA, 1987-1988
  • Risk and Decision Processes Center (Consultant to Nevada Nuclear Waste Repository Project), Philadelphia, PA, 1986-1988
  • Government of the Cook Islands and U.S. Peace Corps (National Energy Planner), 1984-1986

Awards, Honors & Certifications

  • Outstanding Graduate Teaching Award, School of Public and Environmental Affairs, 2009
  • Freshman Learning Program, 2007
  • License to practice law in the state of Indiana (awarded 2005)
  • Trustees Teaching Award, Indiana University, 2002
  • Excellence in Teaching Award, School of Public and Environmental Affairs, 1999, 2000
  • Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching Award, School of Public and Environmental Affairs, 1999
  • Director’s Award for Excellence, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, 1993
  • Norman and Rosita Winston Law and Economics Fellow, University of Pennsylvania, 1988, 1990-1991
  • Alfred F. Buehler Public Administration Fellow, Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, 1987-1988
  • Wharton Dean's Fellow in Public Policy, University of Pennsylvania, 1986-1987
  • Walter P. Murphy Fellow in Civil Engineering, Northwestern University, 1982-1983

Professional Interests
Domestic and international climate change policy, environmental policy implementation, carbon sequestration economics and law, energy law, U.S. Forest Service organizational design and management.

Current Projects

  • Musim Mas Visiting Professor in Sustainbility at National University of Singapore Business School - responsibilies include developing and coordinating interdisciplinary research program in sustainability; developing curriculum for Undergraduate, Masters, and Executive Education programs in sustainability; developing new courses on "Environmental and Resource Management in a Regulatory Environment" and "Managing for Environmental Business Sustainability" for NUS Business School; working with business community and other NUS departments to coordinate joint initiatives in sustainability; and collaborating with Development Office to obtain funding for sustainability initiatives.
  • Textbook on environmental policy instrument choice (with advanced publication contract with Cambridge University Press).
  • Development of case study jointly with Yale School of Management entitled "Golden Agri Resources, Greenpeace and the Palm Oil Industry of Indonesia: A Business Case Study."
  • Recommendations for a successor to REDD+ forestry project evaluation.
  • Assessment of environmental offset programs.
  • Empirical evaluation of the U.S. Forest Service's legal defense of its NEPA compliance efforts.
  • Comparison of sulfur dioxide regulations in the United States, United Kingdom, and Canada.
  • Comparison of open space conservation practices in the United States, United Kingdom, and Canada.
  • Assessment of sustainability indices.
  • Econometric analysis of the impacts of energy policy in the state of Indiana.

Selected Publications
Full Vita

  • Richards, K. and G. Huebner. 2012. “Evaluating Protocols and Standards for Forest Carbon-Offset Programs, Part B: Leakage Assessment, Wood Products, Validation and Verification.” Carbon Management 3 (4): 411-425.
  • Richards, K. and G. Huebner. 2012. “Evaluating Protocols and Standards for Forest Carbon-Offset Programs, Part A: Additionality, Baselines and Permanence.” Carbon Management 3 (4): 393 – 410.
  • Baldwin, L. and K. Richards. 2012. “REDD, PINC and Other Shades of Green: Institutional Requirements for an International Forest Carbon Sequestration Treaty in a Post-Kyoto World.” Natural Resources Journal 52: 1 - 59.
  • Richards, K., J. Chang, J. Allerhand and J. Rupp. 2012. “Pouring Out Our Soils: Facing the Challenge of Poorly Defined Property Rights in Subsurface Pore Space for Carbon Capture and Storage” The George Washington University Journal of Energy and Environmental Law 3: 33-62.
  • Baldwin, Elizabeth and Kenneth Richards. 2010 “Institutional Support for an International Forest Carbon Sequestration Agreement.” Discussion Paper 2010-41, Harvard Project on International Climate Agreements, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Harvard Kennedy School.
  • Giovanni, Emily and Kenneth Richards. 2010. “Determinants of the Costs of Carbon Capture and Sequestration for Expanding Electricity Generation Capacity” Energy Policy 38: 6026–6035.
  • Richards, Kenneth, Joyce Chang, and Joanna Allerhand. 2010 “Pore Space Ownership and Carbon Capture and Storage Legislation in Indiana” Report prepared for Duke Energy.
  • Auer, Matthew, Kenneth Richards, David Seesholtz, Burnell Fischer, Christian Freitag, and Josh Grice. 2010. "The U.S. Forest Service and Its Responsibilities under the National Environmental Policy Act: A Work Design Problem." Public Organization Review. Forthcoming.
  • Andersson, Krister, Andrew Plantinga, and Kenneth Richards. 2010. “The National Inventory Approach for International Forest Carbon Sequestration Management.” In Dieter Helm and Cameron Hepburn, eds. The Economics and Politics of Climate Change. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • Andersson, Krister, Tom Evans, and Kenneth Richards. 2009. “National Forest Inventories: Policy Needs and Assessment Capacity.” Climatic Change 93 (1 -2): 69-101.
  • Freitag, Christian, Kenneth Richards, David Seesholtz, Matthew Auer, Jamie Barbour, Burnell Fischer, and George McCardle. 2009. “Contrasts in NEPA: Approaches by U.S. Forest Service Region 1 and Region 6 – A Pilot Study.” Report to the United States Forest Service.
  • Plantinga, Andrew and Kenneth Richards. 2009. “International Forest Carbon Sequestration in a Post-Kyoto Agreement.” In Joseph Aldy and Robert Stavins, eds. Post-Kyoto International Climate Policy: Implementing Architectures for Agreement. New York: Cambridge University Press.
  • Richards, Kenneth and Stephanie Hayes Richards. 2009. “U.S. Senate Climate Change Bills in the 110th Congress: Learning by Doing.” Environs - Environmental Law and Policy Journal 33: 1 – 110.
  • Richards, Kenneth and Stephanie Hayes Richards. 2009. “Comparative Analysis of Climate Change Bills in the U.S. Senate” Environmental Law Reporter 39: 10601-10604.
  • Plantinga, Andrew and Kenneth Richards. 2008. “International Forest Carbon Sequestration in a Post-Kyoto Agreement.” Harvard Project on International Climate Agreements. Discussion Paper 08-11. Cambridge, Massachusetts.
  • Richards, Kenneth and Stephanie Hayes Richards. 2008. “An Analysis of the Leading Climate Change Bills in the U.S. Senate: S. 2191 America’s Climate Security Act of 2007 (Warner-Lieberman) vs. S. 1766 Low Carbon Economy Act of 2007 (Bingaman-Specter).” Environmental Law Reporter 38: 10388-10417.
  • Richards, Kenneth 2007. “Environmental Taxes in the United States.” Critical Issues in International Environmental Taxation: International and Comparative Perspectives, Volume IV: 189-217. Oxford University Press.
  • Richards, Kenneth, Neil Sampson, and Sandra Brown. 2006. Agricultural and Forestlands: U.S. Carbon Policy Strategies. Report for the Pew Center on Global Climate Change. Washington, DC.
  • Stavins, Robert and Kenneth Richards. 2005. The Cost of U.S. Forest-based Carbon Sequestration. Report for the Pew Center on Global Climate Change. Washington, DC.
  • Richards, Kenneth 2004. “A Brief Overview of Carbon Sequestration Economics and Policy.” Environmental Management 33(4):545-558.
  • Richards, Kenneth and Carrie Stokes. 2004. “A Review of Forest Carbon Sequestration Cost Studies: A Dozen Years of Research.” Climatic Change 63:1-48.