John M. Polimeni is an Associate Professor of Economics at the Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences. He received a Ph.D. in Ecological Economics from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, a M.S. in Economics with a Certificate of Graduate Studies in Regulatory Economics from SUNY at Albany, and a B.S. in Mathematics from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. In addition, he has been a Senior Fulbright Fellow and is a Honorary Member of the Scientific Council of the Romanian National Academy of Science: National Institute for Economic Research, Institute of Economic Forecasting. He has published more than 40 academic journal articles, nine book chapters, and two books with another forthcoming. He has given more than 40 podium presentations at international conferences and been invited to present research on numerous occasions around the world. His research interests are in economic development, sustainability in agriculture and energy, and ecological economics.More specifically, his research examines the intersection of economic development, environmental sustainability, and public health.