About Us

PERC—the Property and Environment Research Center—is a research institute dedicated to improving environmental quality through property rights and markets.

Founded 35 years ago in Bozeman, Montana, PERC is the home of free market environmentalism (FME) and the Enviropreneur Institute.

Learn more about our mission, vision, and principles.

How does PERC work?

PERC SCHOLARS examine how property rights create incentives for conservation and how markets give people with conflicting environmental values a way to cooperate rather than fight.

PERC WORKSHOPS foster the exchange of ideas between in-house researchers and visiting fellows. Researchers present their work, solicit feedback, invigorate environmental journalists and practitioners, and generate new ideas.

PERC RESEARCH appears in scholarly journals, the popular press, and PERC publications.

Learn more about our staff and scholars.

Who is PERC's audience?

STUDENTS AND SCHOLARS explore our ideas to prepare for the environmental issues we face in the future. 

POLICYMAKERS AND JOURNALISTS use our ideas to ask informed questions and consider different perspectives.

ENVIROPRENEURS use the tools of free market environmentalism to conserve water, recover fish stocks, restore forests and wetlands, grow wildlife populations, and innovate to generate economic returns and environmental benefits.

THOUGHTFUL ENVIRONMENTALISTS want to understand the root of environmental conflict and contemplate practical solutions.

Learn more about our fellowships, student seminar, and events.