The Wilma Dykeman Legacy celebrates Wilma’s 100th birthday anniversary, as well as the 50th anniversary of the first Earth Day, with a major
environmental event. Green Money brings together environmental experts, economists,
and community leaders to clarify the intersection of economics and the environment. This
forum will be a great introduction to the growing discipline of environmental economics,
which explores that place where the preservation of nature meets the pursuit of money.

Green Money consists of 4 two-hour panels, all held at The Collider as follows:

Thursday, May 21, 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM

“Natural Costs and Benefits”

·       Moderator:   Susan Kask
Affiliation:     Organizational Strategist and Sustainability Expert
Subject:         Some guiding principles for an economic look at the environment

·       Panelist:        Dan Pierce
Affiliation:     University of North Carolina Asheville
Subject:         Wilma Dykeman and the French Broad River: a pioneering

                         cost/benefit analysis

·       Panelist:        Kathy Newfont
Affiliation:     University of Kentucky
Subject:         The Political Economy of Forests

·       Panelist:        Taylor Barnhill
Affiliation:     Appalachian Barn Alliance
Subject:         Public Lands Management

Thursday, May 21, 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM

“Valuing the Environment”

·       Moderator:  Leah Mathews
Affiliation:    University of North Carolina Asheville
Some guiding principles for ascribing value to the natural world

·       Panelist:      Karen Cragnolin
Affiliation:   Former Executive Director of RiverLink
Subject:       Asheville’s River Arts District

·       Panelist:      David Gantt
Affiliation:   Former Chair of the Buncombe County Board of Commissioners

      Subject:       Buncombe County’s Zoning Ordinance, including Steep Slopes/High

                                 Elevations and Protected Ridges

Friday, May 22, 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM

“Policy Choices”

·         Moderator:   John Whitehead
Affiliation:      Appalachian State University
Subject:          Some guiding principles for determining appropriate environmental

·         Panelist:        Mike Fisher
Affiliation:      one of the 1st scientists at the Environmental Protection Agency

Subject:          The EPA: the power and limits of regulation

·         Panelist:        Julie Mayfield
Affiliation:      Co-Director of Mountain True; member of the Asheville City Council

Subject:          Duke Energy’s power plants and the Blue Horizons Project

Friday, May 22, 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM

“Climate Change”

·         Moderator:   Kathleen Lawlor
Affiliation:      University of North Carolina Asheville
Subject:          Some guiding principles for thinking about climate change

·         Panelist:        Jeffrey Gold
Affiliation:      East Tennessee State University
Subject:          What, if anything, MUST be done?  The perspective of environmental

·         Panelist:        James Fox
Affiliation:      Director, National Environmental Modeling and Analysis Center

Subject:          What, if anything, MUST be done?  The perspective of climate data

Complimentary coffee will be served at the morning panels, and Malaprop’s Bookstore will be staffing a special forum table to sell books by the presenters as well as other books relevant to Green Money.

Tickets to the full forum cost $40 per non-student (Friends of Wilma Dykeman will receive a $20 event-only book credit for purchasing books sold at the event by Malaprop’s Bookstore) and $20 per student (must show student ID at the door).  

Venue Details
The Collider
1 Haywood Street, Asheville, North Carolina, 28801, United States

The Wilma Dykeman Legacy is a tax-exempt non-profit organization founded in 2012 to sustain and promote Wilma Dykeman’s values by sponsoring workshops, events, and other programs.  The core values of this extraordinary woman from Buncombe County were: environmental integrity, social justice, and the power of the written and spoken word.  For more information, visit