The Sustainability Program at the Arthur Levitt Public Affairs Center is an interdisciplinary program that supports research on sustainability as well as programs that complement and enrich classroom learning. The Program is a broad-based, multi-faceted initiative that promotes both academic research on sustainable practices and policies to achieve them as well as hands-on learning experiences for Hamilton students.
The Levitt Center's sustainability program supports the study of issues related to meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.* These issues include environmental conservation as well as poverty reduction and health.
Julio Videras, Director of the Sustainability Program, earned a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Colorado at Boulder. His research focuses on applied environmental economics, in particular how cultural and social factors influence the voluntary provision of the public good of environmental quality and sustainable development practices; the relationships between community composition, collective action, and the supply and demand of environmental goods; and how to identify and account for sources of unobserved heterogeneity through finite mixture models.
*this definitition of sustainability is from the UN Division of Sustainable Development