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Saturday, April 11 • 9:00am - 10:25am
SA9.00.11 Analyzing Green Technology, Infrastructure and Continuing Environmental Challenges

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Policy innovation to address environmental issues may be occurring due to the changing technological standards. These policies require governments to support innovative green technologies that, in theory, help reduce carbon footprints. Green technology faces a number of barriers to adoption including but not limited to, information asymmetries, budgetary constraints, uncertainty, a lack of formal infrastructure, and divergent stakeholders. These barriers are faced at all levels of the adoption process from Cities, Utilities, Firms, and Residents. Each provides a different perspective from which to view the problem of green technology adoption. The goal of the panel is to provide some insight into addressing the problem of green tech adoption in a holistic manner. The four papers in this panel address the implications of green technology at different levels of urban governance, from residents, firms, utilities to cities. The panel also presents a balanced coverage on the dynamics underlying the adoption of green technologies, as well as the larger economic impacts of the green technology adoption. The first two papers cover the dynamics underlying the adoption of green technologies, with the first paper covering the individual decisions to adopt renewables made by the residents, and second paper on cities adoption of electric vehicles. The last two papers, on the other hand, address the implications of technology adoptions, with one paper addressing the impact of green building technologies on regional employment growth, and another one on the market force and utility characteristics determining utility level industrial electricity price. Overall, this panel is to shed light on the governance of green technology in the context of multi-level urban governance.

Understanding Environmental and Economic Benefits of Green Infrastructure, Oh! There Is An App for That!
Ming-Chun Lee, The University of North Carolina at Charlotte

Determinants of industrial electricity price: market structures, manufacturing industry, and utility characteristics
Iryna Lendel, Cleveland State University; Sunjoo Park, Indiana University-Purdue University, Indianapolis

Consumption-Based Carbon Footprint of Chinese Urbanization: A Comparison between Rural Residents and Rural Migrants
Chen Zhang, University of Minnesota Twin Cities; Jason Cao, University of Minnesota Twin Cities; Anu Ramaswami, University of Minnesota Twin Cities


Ming-Chun Lee

University of North Carolina at Charlotte
avatar for Iryna Lendel, Cleveland State University

Iryna Lendel, Cleveland State University

Assistant Director, Center for Economic Development, Cleveland State University

Chen Zhang

University of Minnesota Twin Cities


Richard Feiock

Florida State University

Saturday April 11, 2015 9:00am - 10:25am
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