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Mark Jaccard is B.C.'s academic of the year

April 3, 2008

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SFU resource economist Mark Jaccard’s tireless work in persuading governments to enact effective climate-change policies has earned him the 2008 Academic of the Year award from the Confederation of University Faculty Associations.

Presented annually, the award recognizes faculty at B.C. public universities who use their research and scholarly work to contribute to the wider community. Jaccard is a professor in the School of Resource and Environmental Management and a world-renowned expert on environmental policy.

The award citation credits Jaccard for challenging conventional wisdom and political fashion, noting that he raised eyebrows in the environmental community with his Donner prize-winning 2005 book Sustainable Fossil Fuels: The Unusual Suspect in the Quest for Clean and Enduring Energy. The citation also points to criticism for Jaccard’s role as one of the architects of B.C.’s new carbon tax — a tax he argues is necessary to help reduce carbon emissions.
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