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Award-winning environmental economist Randal O'Toole, of the Thoreau Institute, will speak on Thursday, March 13 at 7 p.m. in Reed's Eliot Hall Chapel. He will discuss market approaches to environmentalism, specifically how well-defined property rights, liability, and individual freedom and responsibility are effective in reducing pollution. The evening will include a video presentation. The event, sponsored by the Reason, Egoism, and Liberty Forum, a student-run group, is free and open to the public. For more information call the Reed events line at 503/777-7755.

O'Toole has been the director and forest economist for the Thoreau Institute since 1975 and adjunct scholar of the Cato Institute since June 1995. He has published many articles in various publications including these recent articles for the Thoreau Institute: "Creating the Environmental Supermarket," "State Lands and Resources," "Tarnished Jewels: The Case for Reforming the Park Service," and "The Endangered Species Act." O'Toole has acted as consultant and reviewed forest plans for groups such as the New Mexico Department of Natural Resources, the Colorado Department of Natural Resources, the National Wildlife Federation, the Wilderness Society, the Sierra Club, and the Audubon Society, as well as four other state agencies and more than 75 environmental groups.

O'Toole received a B.S. in forest management and a B.S. in geology from Oregon State University and did three years of graduate work in economics at the University of Oregon. He has received the Richard L. Neuberger Award for outstanding service to Oregon, presented by the Oregon Environmental Council in 1978, and the David Simons Award for vision, presented by the Oregon Natural Resources Council in 1981.