Regional Governance and Environmental Quality

EPA Grant Number: U915175
Title: Regional Governance and Environmental Quality
Investigators: Trelstad, Brian R.
Institution: Stanford University
EPA Project Officer: Packard, Benjamin H
Project Period: January 1, 1997 through January 1, 1999
Project Amount: $68,000
RFA: STAR Graduate Fellowships (1997) RFA Text |  Recipients Lists
Research Category: Fellowship - Urban Planning , Academic Fellowships , Environmental Justice


The objective of this research project is to study regional environmental institutions in the United States by comparing governance that emerges from collaboration among municipalities (and counties) with federal or state institutions that manage environmental quality at the regional level.


There are three specific steps to be taken in this study of regional environmental governance. The first is to write a series of case studies that review some of the central issues in regional environmental management throughout the United States. The second step is to explore theories of collective action and organizational design to determine whether or not game-theoretic models can describe the dynamic or regional environmental collaboration (or its absence). The hypothesis is that municipal economic development objectives can provide a strong incentive for cities to defect from regional collaborations, potentially sacrificing environmental quality for economic growth opportunities. The final step is to study one region in closer detail, and to look at the interaction among municipal and county economic development and environmental protection offices, within and among cities.

Supplemental Keywords:

fellowship, governance, environmental quality, land use, environmental management, game theory, economic development., RFA, Economic, Social, & Behavioral Science Research Program, Scientific Discipline, POLLUTION PREVENTION, sustainable development, decision-making, Ecology and Ecosystems, Urban and Regional Planning, Economics & Decision Making, policy making, community involvement, collective choice process, urban planning, environmental decision making, decision making, advocacy coalition framework, community based environmental planning, regional governance, environmental policy, local level

Progress and Final Reports:

  • 1997
  • Final