UCS at ESA

Several members of the Union of Concerned Scientists Food & Environment team will be going to the Ecological Society of America (ESA) Annual Meeting in Portland, and we’d love to meet you! Here’s where you’ll be able to find us:

  • UCS Networking Happy Hour: Join us on Wednesday, August 9 from 5:30 – 7:30pm for a happy hour at Spirit of 77 Bar, 500 NE Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. Appetizers and a complimentary drink will be provided, and Ricardo Salvador, Director of the Food & Environment Program, will offer brief remarks. Please RSVP here.
  • Visit our booth: Stop by booth #503 to speak with UCS staff and scientists, pick up copies of our latest reports, preview the recently released Special Issue of Agroecology and Food Systems, and find out about how you can join our efforts to put rigorous, independent science to work to solve our planet’s most pressing problems.
  • Attend our panel: On Tuesday, August 8 at 10:10am, Marcia DeLonge, Senior Scientist in the Food & Environment Program, will present her talk, “Ecological and societal impacts of transitioning to more sustainable agroecosystem management: The case of beef production systems.” Find us in room B112 to hear about the ways that conventional cropping systems that support beef production could be redesigned based on agroecological principles.
  • Join us for coffee: Want to hear more about what the Food & Environment team is up to? Email Leslie Morrison (lmorrison@ucsusa.org) to set up a time to grab coffee and learn about how we’re fighting for a more sustainable food and farming system under this administration.

You can see a full list of UCS events at ESA at this link.

Handbook on Growth and Sustainability Launched

Edited by Peter A. Victor, Professor, York University and Brett Dolter, Post-doctoral Research Fellow, University of Ottawa, Canada
Cover Photo of Handbook on Growth and SustainabilityThis Handbook assembles original contributions from influential authors such as Herman Daly, Paul Ekins, Marina Fischer-Kowalski, Jeroen van den Bergh, William E. Rees and Tim Jackson who have helped to define our understanding of growth and sustainability. The Handbook also presents new contributions on topics such as degrowth, the debt-based financial system, cultural change, energy return on investment, shorter working hours and employment, and innovation and technology. Explorations of these issues can deepen our understanding of whether growth is sustainable and, in turn, whether a move away from growth can be sustained. With issues such as climate change looming large, our understanding of growth and sustainability is critical. This Handbook offers a broad range of perspectives that can help the reader to decide: Growth? Sustainability? Both? Or neither?

Herman Daly and Bernardo Aguilar Awards

At the 9th biennial conference of the U.S. Society for Ecological Economics, held at Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota, June 25-28, 2017, the Herman Daly and Bernardo Aguilar Awards were presented to Peter G. Brown and Mary Mellor.

The Herman Daly Award was established in 2003 in honor of one of the visionaries and founders of ecological economics, Herman Daly. The award is designed to recognize outstanding contributions to the field, and acknowledges individuals who have connected ecological economic thinking to practical applications and solutions that are sustainable in scale, equitable in distribution, and efficient in allocation. The award criteria include making visionary contributions to the field of ecological economics and connecting ecological economic thinking to practical applications.

Photo of Peter BrownThe nomination for Dr. Peter G. Brown, Professor at McGill University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada, stated that “his intellectual contributions have ranged from environmental ethics to practical proposals for trusteeship institutions. As a teacher he has inspired many students, at University of Maryland, at McGill, and all over the world through his writings. In addition Peter has been an entrepreneur in founding university programs that embrace and encourage ecological economics, most notably and recently the Economics for the Anthropocene program uniting the efforts of McGill, York, and University of Vermont. And in his spare time, in addition to nurturing students and protecting colleagues, he has planted many thousands of trees!”

The Bernardo Aguilar Award was established in 2007 and is given to a person nominated and selected by students. The award was created to recognize a professional who has inspired students through teaching, research, ideas, and/or mentoring in ecological economics.

Photo of Mary MellorThe nomination for Dr. Mary Mellor, Professor at Northumbria University, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK, stated that “Mary Mellor’s work is highly influential to me. Over a long career she has done a brilliant job of blending ecological, feminist, and monetary issues into a body of work that is unparalleled in any field. Mary’s work is rare in its ability to speak convincingly across many fields to offer an actionable response to the most pressing issues of our time. It is my pleasure to nominate Mary for the Aguilar award as thanks for writing two books that have inspired me more than any others: Debt or Democracy, and The Future of Money.”

Congratulations to both awardees!

ME3 – Meeting on Energy and Environmental Economics

Abstract submissions extended until July 16

It is a great honour to announce the 4th Meeting on Energy and Environmental Economics – ME3 organized by the Portuguese Association of Energy Economics (APEEN) and the Research Centre in Governance, Competitiveness and Public Policy (GOVCOPP) that will be held at DEGEIT at the University of Aveiro, on 21 and 22 September, 2017

Conference details
As it has been in the past two years, the ME3 is an international meeting that aims at sharing experiences and results by the Scientific and Business community whose interests are the Economics of Energy and Environment.

The event will have as usual scientific sessions and an afternoon of presentations/round tables with municipalities, whose representatives will discuss the theme: “Are energy and environmental efficiency policies making the difference “in greening” or it is still missing something? What has already been done and what could be done additionally.”

In addition to the general topics of energy and environmental economics, this year’s meeting has a special focus on “green” municipalities or cities, and on the economic and environmental impact, this “greening” can bring. In this sense, we will have two special sessions with representatives of municipalities and regional agencies that will tell us about their experiences and / or expectations about energy, water or waste behaviours at municipal and regional level.

Important dates:

  • Paper submission: 16th July 2017
  • Communication of acceptance: 20th July 2017
  • Deadline for early registration: 30th July 2017 (mandatory for presenters)
  • Final program availability: 28th July 2017
  • Final registration possibility: 15th September 2017

Email for paper submission: degei-me3@ua.pt.

More information can be found here.

Organizing Committee
Mara Madaleno, DEGEIT, University of Aveiro (Chair)
Daniel Magueta, ESTGA, University of Aveiro (Chair)
Marta Ferreira Dias, DEGEIT, University of Aveiro
Margarita Robaina, DEGEIT, University of Aveiro

It is also a pleasure to announce our keynote speaker Andrew Gouldson which will delight us with his talk: “Exploring the Economics of Low Carbon Cities’?”

University of Leeds (various); Director of the MSc Sustainability (Environmental Politics and Policy); course leader Environmental Policy, Planning and Economics; Sustainability and the Governance of Economic Development, PhD Research Design and Philosophy.

Democracy Convention III: August 2-6, Minneapolis

https://www.democracyconvention.org/

The convention will include a workshop on the Genuine Progress Indicator and its relationship to democracy.

“If you want to strengthen democracy where it matters most … in our communities, our schools, our workplaces and local economies, our military, our government, our media, our constitution … you will find something inspiring in Minneapolis, Minnesota this August 2-6, 2017. Join us at the third Democracy Convention.

More than one conference, the Democracy Convention houses many conferences under one roof, as well as cross-conference tracks and plenaries. As the great progressive reformer Fighting Bob La Follette said, “democracy is a life,” and “involves constant struggle” in all sectors of society. With the Democracy Convention, we recognize the importance of each of these separate democracy struggles, as well as the need to unite them all in a common, deeply rooted, broad based, movement for democracy. “

Project Director – Earth Economics

Earth Economics is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization located in Tacoma, Washington with a 20-year track record of innovation and success. Our mission is to quantify and value the benefits nature provides. Our work drives effective decisions and system change through a combination of education, natural capital analysis, and policy recommendations. We are currently seeking a Project Director (PD) to join our team. The PD is responsible for leading client and partner engagements throughout the full lifecycle from concept through research and report publication. Projects will range in topic from ecosystem service valuations to complex benefit-cost analyses, and funding mechanism recommendations. Projects may include small, rapid assessments or multi-year endeavors. In this role, you will help leaders around the world understand, protect, and expand their natural capital to provide safe drinking water, flood protection and many other critical benefits.

Responsibilities and Duties
Duties may include, but are not limited to:
• Define project scope, approach, and budget with input from internal and partner stakeholders
• Assemble and manage project teams of internal and contract resources
• Engage proactively with the partner teams providing regular updates and leading working sessions
• Review published literature, public data, and conduct outreach to subject matter experts
• Write technical reports with input and contributions from multiple team members
• Present results to partners and the public at workshops and conferences
• Participate in national and international conferences, often as a presenter
• Manage all project logistics including schedules, deliverables, tasks, and invoicing
• Participate in business development, fundraising, and strategy development for Earth Economics

Qualifications
• Curious, flexible, and pragmatic with excellent attention to detail
• Experience successfully working within and leading matrixed teams
• Expertise and professional experience in ecological economics and/or benefit-cost analysis
• Excellent written communication including technical reports, presentations and fact sheets
• Strong verbal communication both 1:1 and through professional presentations
• Aptitude for conducting web- and journal-based research and integrating and summarizing information in a concise and timely, manner.
• Strong proficiency with MS Office Suite including Word, Excel and PowerPoint.
• Degree in economics, applied science, or policy relevant to listed responsibilities (masters preferred.)

Other Details
• This position may require up to 25% domestic/international travel depending on project need.
• Positon comes with a robust benefit package including fully paid healthcare.
• Compensation will depend on qualifications.

Interested applicants should submit a cover letter and resume to info@eartheconomics.org with the subject: Project Director Position.

We’re an equal opportunity employer. All applicants will be considered for employment without attention to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran or disability status.

Ecosystem Services Scientist – Ducks Unlimited

Ducks Unlimited is seeking a wetlands ecologist, hydrologist or natural resource economist to synthesize existing science to quantify and communicate ecosystem services outcomes of its conservation programs. The successful applicant will focus initially on three higher order objectives: (1) development and/or synthesis of science-based information to assess effects of DU’s conservation work on water quantity and quality; (2) synthesis of the science-based information into a form that can be easily communicated and conveyed to DU staff engaged in development of partnerships with industry and foundations, and to policy staff and others engaged in advocacy to secure favorable wetlands public policy outcomes; (3) active participation in the scientific community by publishing peer-reviewed manuscripts and participating in professional meetings and discussions, and engaging and cooperating with DU’s science staff across Ducks Unlimited, Inc., Ducks Unlimited Canada, and Ducks Unlimited de Mexico.

Education, Experience, and Reporting

The successful candidate will have a M.S. or Ph.D. in Wetland Ecology, Hydrology, Natural Resource Economics, or a related field, a minimum of 5 years of related experience, and the ability to develop and/or synthesize science, and communicate science-based information to fundraising, marketing and public policy staff. Additionally, the successful candidate will develop relationships with scientists in academia, industry and government to foster development of innovative conservation solutions that lead to significant advances in landscape scale wetland conservation. A detailed understanding of wetland and wildlife conservation programs, conservation related policy and legislation, and the ability to locate, review and synthesize technical information related to ecosystem services with emphasis on wetlands and associated uplands is essential. We seek a highly motivated, self-starter with a willingness to work with a team of dedicated conservation professionals to develop innovative conservation approaches to challenging landscape-scale conservation issues. This position will report to the Chief Scientist at DU’s National Headquarters in Memphis, TN., and will cooperate with DU scientists located across the U.S., Canada and Mexico. Please submit a cover letter detailing experience and interest in the position, and resume via our website: http://www.ducks.org/About-Ducks-Unlimited/Jobs-at-Ducks-Unlimited by July 14, 2017. Prospective applicants with questions about this position may contact Dr. Tom Moorman, DU Chief Scientist at tmoorman@ducks.org .

Ducks Unlimited, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer M/F/D/V.

Postdoctoral Fellowship for Modeling of Long-Term Macroeconomic and Natural Resources Interdependence

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Location: Austin, TX, USA

Keywords: energy, economics, debt, biophysical economics, post-Keynesian, Michal Kalecki, Hyman Minsky, system dynamics

Deadline for application: July 15, 2017

Start date: approximately September 1, 2017

Duration: 12 months

Contact:  Dr. Carey W. King (careyking@mail.utexas.edu). For specific questions on the job description, e-mail or call Dr. King at +1 (512) 471-5468.

2017 Board of Directors Nominees

The USSEE Board of Directors is pleased to announce the nominees for the 2017 Board Elections. The following nominees are for 3 available positions: Secretary-Treasurer, 2 At-Large Member Positions, and Student Representative. Nominees are presented by position in alphabetical order. Elections begin June 2 and will run for two weeks. Please note, your ISEE/USSEE membership must be up-to-date to vote! Active members will receive a ballot via email.

Secretary Treasurer (Term 2017-2019)

John A. Sorrentino, Associate Professor of Economics Temple University

Bio: He was a co-founder of Temple University’s Environmental Studies Program, and was honored by the University with a 1999 Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching. Most of his publications and consulting work have involved the micro-economics of energy and the environment, and have appeared in journals such as the American Economic Review, Journal of Environmental Economics & Management, Environmental Management, and Landscape & Urban Planning. His works-in-progress include such topics as sustainable housing placement, environmental information systems, sustainable business practices, urban agriculture and food justice, and using environmental and health amenities to offset wealth inequality. John received his B.B.A. from Baruch College of the City University of New York and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from Purdue University, all in economics.

Candidacy Statement: John was a charter member of USSEE, is a member of the Scientific Committee organizing the 2017 Biennial Conference, and has gotten to know a lot about the Society as the current Secretary-Treasurer and member of the Executive Committee. As the Secretary, he has recorded minutes of the Executive Committee and Board of Directors meetings. As Treasurer, he oversees the USSEE bank and PayPal accounts, and interacts with ISEE concerning dues distribution. As USSEE presently cannot afford to pay an executive director, he has taken over many of the tasks that the energetic, tireless former executive director performed. John hopes that the 2017 conference-related boost in USSEE membership will continue as the Society becomes more active in curriculum sharing, web-based interactive communication with members, and social networking with other like-minded, trans-disciplinary organizations. All of us have a lot to offer; we just need to find the means. John looks forward to working on these initiatives for the next two years as Secretary-Treasurer.

At-Large Member (2) (Term: 2017-2019)

Erin Lennox, Adjunct professor of economics at various universities in New York’s Capital Region

Bio: I am a 2014 graduate of the PhD program in Ecological Economics at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. My doctoral research focused on the impact of climate change and globalization on peasant agriculture in the Mexican Yucatan, and Peruvian Andes and has been published in Ecosystem Services and Society and Natural Resources. My current research is focused on ecosystem conservation and conservation education in the Yucatan. Right now I am postponing my search for a full time academic position to spend time taking care of my 3 year old and 9 month old sons. In the meantime, I am serving as an adjunct, and doing grant writing and consulting work for environmental and education related non-profit organizations in the area. In addition to my ecological economics degree, I also hold a bachelors and masters degree in mechanical engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and am currently involved in a number of K-12 STEM education projects and initiatives.

Candidacy Statement: I am interested in continuing my position on the USSEE board of directors because I feel strongly about the importance of incorporating ecological economic concepts into traditional economics education. I believe that the field is often overlooked by both mainstream economists, and practitioners of other disciplines who could benefit from its interdisciplinary methods and theories. Over the past two years as a board member I have helped to create a new education component of our website, where professors can find syllabi and resources to help them incorporate concepts from ecological economics into their courses. I hope to continue to develop these resources, while helping to promote the field of ecological economics to a broad audience.

Regina Ostergaard-Klem, Associate Professor of Environmental Science, College of Natural and Computational Sciences, Hawaii Pacific University

Bio: Regina Ostergaard-Klem is an Associate Professor of Environmental Science in the College of Natural and Computational Sciences at Hawaii Pacific University (HPU) in Honolulu, Hawaii. She holds a BS in Industrial Engineering from Lehigh University, and both an MS in Environmental Engineering and a PhD in Systems Analysis and Economics for Public Decision Making from The Johns Hopkins University.  From 1994-1995, she was a Fulbright Scholar in Lodz, Poland. After completing graduate school, Ostergaard-Klem was a Science and Diplomacy Fellow with the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) in Washington, DC.  Prior to coming to HPU, she worked as an environmental policy advisor at the US Agency for International Development (USAID). There she managed urban environmental and energy projects throughout different regions of the world. At HPU, Dr. Ostergaard-Klem teaches in both the undergraduate level Environmental Science/Studies program and the master’s program in Global Leadership and Sustainable Development, for which she is also the Program Director.  Her teaching is concentrated in the fields of ecological economics, sustainable human systems, industrial ecology, and environmental policy. Her most recent research efforts are focused on the Genuine Progress Indicator (GPI), a framework for evaluating social welfare as a supplement to Gross Domestic Product. She is a co-developer of “GPI Island Style,” the application of GPI at the state level in Hawaii. As an extension of that work, Ostergaard-Klem collaborates with partners across the state on several initiatives, including efforts to develop a state sustainability dashboard.

Candidacy Statement: Are we preparing sufficient numbers of well-equipped sustainability professionals to meet the challenges that lie ahead? As an educator and director of a graduate sustainability program, I am constantly asking myself that question. Teaching ecological economics for the last eight years, the nexus between ecological economics and sustainability education is obvious to me. Yet translating ecological economics theory into practical applications to best cultivate the sustainability competencies of my students is challenging. The potential to strengthen the inherent connection between the two fields is tremendous. I have been a member of USSEE/ISEE since 2013, and I regularly attend and participate in USEE and ISEE conferences.  During the 2016 ISEE meeting in Washington, DC, I coordinated a session on teaching ecological economics from principles to practice.  As a USSEE board member, I would hope to expand this effort, advocating a greater connection between ecological economics and educating the next generation of sustainability professionals. However, education is just one of many important, relevant roles for USSEE. Along with other members of the board, I would hope to similarly build or strengthen other connections, like that between researcher and practitioner communities or between USSEE and other stakeholders, according to the priorities set by USSEE members. Thank you for your consideration.

Madhavi Venkatesan, Assistant Professor, Department of Economics, Bridgewater State University

Bio: Madhavi Venkatesan’s present academic interests are specific to the integration of sustainability into the economics curriculum and she is currently pursuing scholarly interests in sustainable development. Prior to re-entering academics, Madhavi held senior level positions in investor relations for three Fortune 250 companies. In this capacity she was a principal point of contact for investors and stakeholders and was instrumental in the development of socially responsible investing strategies and corporate social responsibility reporting. Madhavi started her financial services career after completing her post-doctoral fellowship at Washington University in St. Louis. She earned a PhD, MA, and BA in Economics from Vanderbilt University, a Masters in Environmental Management from Harvard University, and a Masters in Environmental Law and Policy from Vermont Law School. She is the author of Economic Principles: A Primer, A Framework for Sustainable Practices and forthcoming Foundations in Microeconomics, A Framework for Sustainable Practices and Foundations in Macroeconomics, A Framework for Sustainable Practices. She has authored numerous chapters and journal articles, as well as participated in a TEDx and EconEd program. Her work is focused on conscious consumption, the role of economic education in promoting sustainability, and sustainable economic development. In addition to her academic interests, she writes a monthly column, Globally Local, for the Cape Codder, the newspaper of the Cape and Islands (Massachusetts). Madhavi was recently granted the Fulbright-SyCip Distinguished Lecturing Award to the Philippines where she will give lectures in the host country on sustainable economic development in early 2018.

Candidacy Statement: I have a passion for sustainability and specifically view the discipline of economics, in general and ecological economics, in particular as the nexus for facilitating both the understanding of and solution to the problems, issues, and cultural perceptions that presently form the at-large institutional framework of decision-making. My background and experience in the private sector as a senior communications strategist has given me a unique set of skills that include understanding the significance of marketing communications across multi-channels to promote the engagement of diverse, as well as, overlooked stakeholder groups. I would like to serve on the USSEE board as I believe that I, given my background, interests, and focus, can assist in positioning and marketing the organization to increase its visibility along with the significance of the inclusion of ecological economics in education, practice and policy-making. I appreciate your consideration and am happy to answer any questions you may have (mvenkatesan@bridgew.edu

Student Member (Term: 2017-2019)

Joe Ament, University of Vermont. Graduated from The Ross School of Business focusing on Economics and Finance, The University of Michigan

Bio: After spending 7 years in corporate strategy in both the for- and non-profit sectors, he spent 3 years writing about the ecological and economic problems we now face. In the Rubenstein School, Joe’s research examines Monetary Theory in the context of socioecological stability. His interests lie in how economic rent and modern monetary systems affect social justice and environmental degradation; and how a socioecologically-resilient society will use money and distribute wealth. Outside of reading and writing, Joe loves to kayak, bike slowly, paint, and listen to Stevie Wonder.

Candidacy Statement: I am very excited at the potential to serve as the student representative on the USSEE Board of Directors. I am a third year PhD Candidate at the University of Vermont and my researche centers on Monetary Policy on a Finite Planet. I am funded through Economics for the Anthropocene, an international PhD training project in Ecological Economics. I have been very fortunate to make great connections in my short time in academia. In this position I hope to make new connections and leverage my current network in order to continue to make Ecological Economics a viable alternative to the destructive systems we currently use. If you have any questions, feel free to view my CV here or contact me at jament@uvm.edu.

 

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