Environment & the Economy (E&E) is a cross-curricular program that provides a unique overview of how economic principles can be used to analyze local, national, and international environmental issues.
Instead of the generally adopted policy of dealing with environmental problems through the criminal code and moral approbation, which can lead to a “we vs them” atmosphere, E&E participants will learn how a rational approach to environmental issues helps develop a better understanding of the complexity of these matters and how they may possibly be solved.
All sessions are highly interactive and led by outstanding, nationally recognized professors. The program pedagogy combines content lectures, hands-on classroom activities, and case studies. A highlight of the program is a field trip that illuminates the challenges and solutions to a specific environmental issues.
E&E aims to equip tomorrow’s leaders with the skills necessary to better understand the complex costs and benefits of resolving local, national, and international environmental issues.
Give students the knowledge to understand environmental and economic issues happening in the world today
Foster students’ commitment to continued learning about economics, environmental issues, and leadership
Provide a fun-filled, active environment rich with new friendships that can last a lifetime
Help students discover their potential as they recognize and develop their own effective leadership skills.
Simulations are used to provide experiential learning opportunities and demonstrate the reliability of theoretical concepts
Outstanding economics instructors foster critical thinking about difficult environmental and social problems
Examination of current environmental issues promotes discussion
Key topics covered during the program include:
Tragedy of the commons
Air and water quality
Key concepts covered in the program include:
Environment & the Economy features a field trip designed to illuminate a specific challenge and solution to environmental issues. Students will be able to evaluate policy and critically assess these issues by using a rational approach based on economic analysis. Specific details about location and schedule will be confirmed in orientation materials.
Leadership topics farmed through the effective Hero’s Journey framework
Goal is to improve participants ability to work and lead teams and to connect responsible leadership and the economic way of thinking
Environment & the Economy
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Students who are current sophomores or juniors in high school are eligible to apply.
You may start an application at any time, however only completed applications will be reviewed. Below are the steps you will need to complete before your application may be reviewed.
Please Note – You will be asked to rank your top three program/sites in the application. By ranking your selections, you are not applying to multiple programs, but instead are indicating your 1st, 2nd and 3rd site program/site preferences. If you are interested in being reviewed for acceptance to two or more programs (i.e. EFL and EGE or E&E), please email [email protected] upon submission of your application so a note can be added to your file.
- Basic Personal Information – Name, address, current high school, current grade (must be 10th or 11th grade)
- Letter of Recommendation – Qualified letters can come from a teacher, advisor or coach
- Transcript – A full high school transcript, showing all in progress and completed coursework
- Personal Statement – You will be asked to respond to a prompt in 750 words or less
- Application Fee – A fee of $35 will be charged once you have completed the above requirements
Wednesday, February 8, 2023 – Early Application Deadline – Receive a $200 tuition discount for completing your application by this deadline
Wednesday, March 15, 2023 – Priority Application Deadline – Receive a $100 tuition discount for completing your application by this deadline
Wednesday, April 12, 2023 – Final Application Deadline
Applications are accepted on a rolling basis and limited spots are available. Program sites will close as soon as they are full, which could be before the Final Application Deadline.
The cost to attend FTE residential student programs is $2,100 which includes room and board. Students are responsible for their own transportation costs to and from the program location.
Full tuition is due at the time of enrollment. For participants who voluntarily withdraw, refunds will be made according to the FTE stated refund policy and schedule. The registration fee will be refunded 50% for cancellations made prior to May 19, 2023. After May 19, no refunds will be issued.
FTE strives to make its programs accessible and affordable to the best and brightest students, regardless of financial status. Scholarship funding is awarded based on a combination of factors, including:
Academic and extracurricular achievement
Scholarship assistance typically ranges from $100 to $1500. Please note that full-tuition scholarships are extremely rare, and requests for assistance based strictly on merit are generally not considered.
Students are only eligible to receive scholarship funding for one FTE program during the course of their high school career. If a student is attending more than one program in a given year, funding will only be applied to one program.
Finally, scholarship requests to attend program sites that are a significant distance away will not be considered favorably, especially if there is a much closer site to your home. (For example, if you live in California but are asking for scholarship help to go to EFL at Yale University, your chances of receiving aid are less than if you ask for aid to attend EFL at UCLA.)
To Request Scholarship Assistance
To apply, please fill out the scholarship section when completing the Student Application. Applications are reviewed for scholarship funding at the same time as program admission. Admission and award notifications will be received via email within three weeks of submission.