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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!

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.

Bringing Ecological Economics into a Standard Environmental Economics Course

John Gowdy is Professor of Economics, and Science & Technology Studies at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York. He is the 2009 recipient of the Herman Daly Award for his contributions to ecological economics, is the author of over 170 published articles and 10 books, and has 35 years of experience teaching economics.

Here John shares his insights on incorporating some core theories and concepts from ecological economics into his undergraduate environmental economics courses. You can also find the syllabus for John’s course here.

You can expect to find more blog posts like John’s in the future, as well as other teaching materials on the new curriculum page of our website. If you are interested in contributing or writing a blog post for the site, please contact Erin Lennox at lennoe@gmail.edu.

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