Richard Moore is Professor Emeritus of the School of Environment and Natural Resources at The Ohio State University. He is the recipient of the 2017-18 American Anthropological Association Public Policy Award and known for his expertise on ecosystem service trading. Dr. Moore is the lead author for the Alpine Nutrient Trading Program which is the longest continuous water quality trading plan serving an NPDES point source permit in the U.S. The program was labeled “the poster child” of water quality trading at a Congressional hearing in 2014. The Sugar Creek watershed where Dr. Moore and his team worked was one of Ohio's most impaired watersheds in1998. With input from the farming community his team was able to get numerous grants from NSF, USDA, and EPA to correct the problems. In 2019 Ohio EPA restudied the watershed and found that the number of non impaired (good) streams had doubled with some being of exceptionally high quality.
Moore has been the recipient of many awards including the Carnegie Foundation Award for Outreach and Engagement, OSU McGrath/Kellogg Award for Outreach and Engagement, Blue Ribbon Award from Ohio Citizen Action, Holmes County SWCD Friend of Conservation Award, OSU Outstanding International Faculty Award, and OARDC Multi-disciplinary Research Team Award.
Dr. Moore has a long history with the National Council for Science and the Environment.
- He has served on the executive committee for the NCSE Committee of Environmental Deans and Directors (CEDD) since 2012.
- Dr. Moore was the convener for recommendations in the Kuwait Conference Declaration on Climate Change (World Meteorological Organization) and one of the lead principal investigators for the USDA grant “Climate Change, Mitigation, and Adaptation in Corn-based Cropping Systems” ($20 million) which partnered with the NCSE sponsored online climate project called CAMEL.
- Since 2015 Dr. Moore has been coordinating the five NCSE affiliate universities in Ohio to create joint efforts. Since their initial meeting at Oberlin in the summer of 2016, a yearly student-led sustainability conference has been held each year between the five schools; Oberlin College and Conservatory, The Ohio State University, University of Dayton, University of Findlay, and The University of Toledo.