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Call for nominations for the 2013 Herman Daly Award

The Board of Directors of the U.S. Society for Ecological Economics invites you to submit nominations for the 2013 Herman Daly Award. The 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 is given in conjunction with the 7th biennial conference, to be held June 9-12, 2013 at the University of Vermont in Burlington, Vermont. The award criteria include the following:

  • made visionary contributions to the field of ecological economics
  • connected ecological economic thinking to practical applications
  • created conceptual frameworks and practical solutions to sustainability challenges
  • identified policies and processes that  advance social and environmental sustainability
  • advanced the recognition of scale as an essential part of sustainability
  • advanced distributive justice and social consciousness as an essential part of sustainability
  • contributed to conservation and the just allocation of resources

Please send nominations to Robert Richardson, Secretary-Treasurer of USSEE (, or to any member of the Board. Nominations should include the name, affiliation and contact information of your nominee, and a brief statement describing the nominee’s qualifications for the Herman Daly Award. The deadline for nominations is March 31, 2013. The Board will review all nominations and select the recipient, and the award will be presented at the 2013 conference.

Assistant Professor position in Environmental Science and Management at Portland State University

The Environmental Science and Management (ESM) Department at Portland State University (PSU) invites applications for a 9-month tenure-track Assistant Professor of Environmental Science and Management, with specialization in social science aspects of environmental management. Candidates must possess a PhD degree in a social science field or from an interdisciplinary program with strong social science content. The candidate must have demonstrated expertise in environmental topics. They must also demonstrate a strong record of research scholarship, publication, and grant support in environmental science and management or evidence of strong potential to attract external funding in this area. The successful candidate is expected to work collaboratively across disciplines within the School of the Environment ( and is encouraged to work with the Institute for Sustainable Solutions ( and other disciplines. We are seeking a scientist who can conduct and eventually lead research in coupled human-natural systems, including the interactions and feedbacks between humans and terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems. Experience in partnering with public and private stakeholders on this type of research is considered valuable. Contributions to university interdisciplinary initiatives in sustainability, health, and urban ecology will be encouraged. Required duties include teaching undergraduate and graduate level courses in environmental management, conducting research on environmental management topics, and providing department and university service. Application review begins March 1, 2013 and applications will be accepted until finalists have been identified. Position begins September 16, 2013.

Applicants should submit a single pdf file that bundles the following: 1. Letter of application that specifically addresses position qualifications and responsibilities; 2. Curriculum vitae; contact information for three references; 3. Statement of teaching philosophy, experience (with course evaluations if available) and courses that you would propose to teach and/or develop; 4. Statement of research interests and accomplishments; 5. Example publication(s) (up to three). Please label the file after the applicant’s name, e.g., “Smith_John.pdf”. Send application materials as a complete packet via email to: Dr. David Ervin Search Committee Chair Environmental Science & Management (ESM) Portland State University, P.O. Box 751 Portland, OR 97207. Email:

For questions, contact Dr. Ervin at

Interdisciplinary Climate Change Research Symposium

DISCCRS VIII Interdisciplinary Climate Change Research Symposium
October 12-19, 2013
La Foret Conference and Retreat Center (Colorado)

Application Deadline: February 28, 2013
Participation limited to 30 early-career Ph.D. scholars
Airfare and on-site expenses are supported through grants from NSF and NASA

The DISsertations initiative for the advancement of Climate Change ReSearch (DISCCRS, pronounced discourse) hosts symposia for early-career climate change researchers. Our goal is to catalyze international, interdisciplinary collegial networks and foster collaborative interdisciplinary research and dynamic interactions between science and society to enable us to better understand and respond to the myriad challenges posed by climate change.

During the weeklong symposium, 30 competitively selected recent Ph.D. graduates will share their research, engage in discussions with peers, mentors, and funding agency representatives, and hone their teambuilding and communication skills. Most importantly, scholars will depart from the symposium with a collegial peer network that extends across the full range of climate science.

2012 Symposium Report:
2012 Symposium Scholars:

Symposium Eligibility: Ph.D. requirements completed between September 1, 2010 – February 28, 2013 in any field. Applicants should be conducting research relevant to the study of climate change, its impacts, or its societal implications. We encourage applicants from the biological, physical, and social sciences, mathematics, engineering, and other fields. While U.S. citizens and residents have preference, some funds are available for non-U.S. participants.

Symposium Application Instructions:

DISCCRS Website:

Job Posting: Asst. Prof. of Environmental Policy at Northeastern Ilinois University

Assistant Professor – Environmental Policy at Northeastern Illinois University, Department of Geography & Environmental Studies.

Tenure track, PhD is required. The successful candidate will play a leading role in the department’s environmental policy and management track of the Environmental Studies B.A. and the Geography & Environmental Studies M.A. Courses will likely include US Environmental Policy, Environmental Land Use Planning, International Environmental Policy, and Sustainable Development. A research agenda and advisement of student research is required. Expertise in urban environmental issues and/or sustainable energy policy is a plus. Teaching experience is highly desirable.

G&ES is a strong and growing department, actively engaged in campus and community issues. NEIU’s Chicago location provides unparalleled networking opportunities with government agencies, environmental NGOs, universities and the private sector.

Send letter of application, transcript(s), curriculum vitae, statement of teaching philosophy and research plan, and three letters of reference (at least one addressing teaching effectiveness) to with subject “Environmental Policy Position.” Please have references send letters directly to this email address. Transcripts can be sent to: Department of G&ES, Northeastern Illinois University, 5500 N. St. Louis Ave., Chicago IL 60625. Priority will be given to applications received by January 15, 2013.  Appointment begins August 2013. For more information please consult  AA/EOE.

Open letter from the USSEE Board of Directors

As members of the newly elected Board of Directors of the USSEE, we believe that this is a critical time for ecological economists to contribute to public discourse about a sustainable and desirable future. To that end, we are eager to engage with motivated scholars in the field to advance knowledge and application in ecological economics, and to build our collective capacity to communicate more effectively about the need for a new economic paradigm that is aligned with the biosphere and the well being of human society.

So please join with us and renew your membership in the International Society for Ecological Economics for 2013! And please invite your colleagues to become members and contribute to this important and timely dialogue. For information about the benefits of membership, visit the ISEE membership web site. We plan to call for volunteer participation in USSEE standing committees soon, and we hope that you will consider taking a leadership role as a committee member. For more information about USSEE, visit our website. Your participation is especially important as we gear up for the 2013 conference.

USSEE will hold its 7th biennial conference on June 9-12, 2013 at the University of Vermont in Burlington, Vermont. The conference theme is “Building Local, Scaling Global: Implementing Solutions for Sustainability.” The conference aims to integrate sustainability research and lessons learned at local, regional, and state levels to identify solutions that can be implemented at multiple scales. Vermont has been described as a “laboratory” for sustainability science and policy, with progressive programs in energy and land-use planning, ecological economic indicators to guide public policy, and a grassroots movement to transition to a post-fossil fuel economy. This year’s USSEE meeting will be organized around an emerging optimism that local solutions are bubbling up everywhere. So save the date, and plan to join us in Burlington in 2013! Please check the conference website for more details. For questions, please contact conference organizers at

We are enthusiastic about the future of ecological economics, and we hope that you are, too. Please renew your membership in USSEE and plan to join us for the 2013 conference in Burlington!

Yours truly,

2012-13 USSEE Board of Directors

Valerie A. Luzadis, President
Jon Erickson, Past President
Robert Richardson, Secretary-Treasurer
Ken Bagstad
Lisi Krall
Laura Schmitt Olabisi
Md Rumi Shammin
Mairi-Jane Fox

Kean University seeks adjunct instructor for Spring 2013 course

The Kean University Center for Sustainability Studies seeks an adjunct instructor to teach a Spring 2013 course entitled “Economics for Sustainability,” which is part of their B.S. in Sustainability Science program.  It will be the inaugural offering of the course, and it is scheduled to meet only once per week, on Tuesdays at 4:30 pm – 7:15 pm, starting in 22 January 2013.  Compensation for the 3-credit course is $3,600.   Pre-requisites for the course are Principles of Economics I and II as well as Introduction to Sustainability. For more information, contact Dr. Nicholas J. Smith-Sebasto, Executive Director, Kean University Center for Sustainability Studies, B-108B Bruce Hall, Kean University, 1000 Morris Ave., Union, NJ  07083-0411. E-mail:

Call for Papers: 7th Biennial Conference of the USSEE

The U.S. Society for Ecological Economics (USSEE) will hold it’s 2013 Conference on June 9-12 at the University of Vermont (UVM) in Burlington, Vermont. Our 7th meeting is organized around the theme of “Building Local, Scaling Global: Implementing Solutions for Sustainability” and will aim to research and catalog sustainability lessons learned at local, regional, and state levels and identifying solutions that can be scaled up … and what better place to connect local action to global problems than Vermont.

The State of Vermont has been described as a “laboratory” for sustainability science and policy, with progressive programs in energy and land-use planning, ecological economic indicators to guide public policy, and a grassroots movement to transition to a post-fossil fuel economy. In the spirit of “getting on with sustainability already”, this year’s meeting will be organized around an emerging optimism that local solutions are bubbling up everywhere, and 2013 is the year to synergize and strategize.

We’re also interested in presentations and discussions that will help to rebuild the biophysical foundations of an ecological economics. The USSEE co-sponsored the 4th Annual Biophysical Economics Conference at UVM in October of 2012, and there is momentum building to assess the current course of ecological economics in North America and re-evaluate our foundations and direction.

Please visit the conference web site at UVM to submit your presentation ideas using our online form. Abstracts are due by February 15, 2013. For questions, please contact conference organizers at or call UVM’s Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources at (802) 656-1353.

Thanks for helping to spread the word about USSEE 2013, and we look forward to seeing you in Vermont this June!

USSEE Board election results

USSEE Board election Results

The 2012 USSEE Board has now been elected, and the results are as follows:

President | Valerie A. Luzadis, SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry

Secretary/Treasurer | Robert Richardson, Michigan State University

Member at Large | Ken Bagstad, U.S. Geological Survey
Member at Large | Lisi Krall, SUNY Cortland
Member at Large | Laura Schmitt-Olabisi, Michigan State University
Member at Large | Rumi Shammin, Oberlin College

Student | Mairi-Jane Fox, Colorado State University

Jon Erickson, University of Vermont, also serves on the board as Past President.

Thanks to all USSEE members who voted and participated in the election. And Congratulations to the newly-elected board of USSEE!

Position at Stockholm Environment Institute

Position: Senior Environmental/Ecological Economist
Topic: Climate change and energy economics, ecosystems valuation sectors
Salary range: Competitive compensation package commensurate with experience and qualifications
Start date: Fall 2012 (as soon as possible)
Duty station: Tallinn, Estonia
Application deadline: 15 October 2012

Job description:

The Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI) seeks a senior level researcher to strengthen the environmental economics research in the field of climate change, energy and ecosystems services in SEI. The new position focuses on interdisciplinary (socio-)economic analysis of sustainable pathways to low carbon economy. The Senior Environmental Economist will join the SEI Tallinn team, Estonia, and lead research activities that assess and advance the contribution of climate economics, energy economics and ecosystems services valuation.
Areas of focus will depend in part on the successful applicant’s particular strengths and are likely to include several of the following topics: economic assessment of policy measures, economic analysis of pathways to low carbon societies, valuation of marine and terrestrial ecosystem services, impacts of consumption and trade patterns, sustainable consumption and production, new green economy indicators, policy analyses on beyond GDP progress measures, green fiscal instruments, green technology and innovation issues as well as environmental economics accounting. The Senior Economist shall work closely with government agencies, policy makers, and research organizations in Estonia, the Baltic Sea Region and Europe, and across the SEI centers.
The applicant should demonstrate an understanding of both development and environment in line with the SEI mission and be able to conduct independent analysis and reflect critically on conventional economic reasoning and debate. She/he should have a solid background in economics, but also a demonstrated experience and interest in working across disciplines and various stakeholders (and bridging science and policy).
The new position presents an opportunity to join a leading research institute and contribute to the management of a dynamic and exciting team, with flexibility to follow one’s own research interests.

Specific responsibilities include:

  • Plan, develop and implement innovative research projects addressing policies and actions to enhance transition to a low carbon economy, the integration of ecosystem services valuation and beyond GDP progress measures to policy making.
  • Maintain and build relationships with existing funders and partners; find and secure new funding opportunities.
  • Manage, mentor, and collaborate with staff researchers, provide regular guidance and feedback to colleagues, and monitor the quality of the research process.
  • Explore joint research opportunities and collaborate with colleagues at other SEI centers.
  • Review and manage project outputs from the research team, including publications and other materials to ensure they meet the project objectives and SEI quality standards.
  • Present research results externally and raise the profile of SEI research.

The applicant should possess outstanding research, leadership, management, organizational, interpersonal, and networking abilities. She/he should have both a strong interdisciplinary inclination in research efforts and a strong commitment to protecting the natural environment and improving human well-being. The position requires:

  • An advanced degree and significant work experience, a PhD plus at least 5 years of work experience and an outstanding record of publications in related fields.
  • Substantial knowledge of and networks and contacts in one or more of the related policy arenas.
  • Solid, demonstrated experience applying quantitative analysis to policy applications and environmental economics accounting, including the use of modeling tools and interpretation of modeling results.
  • Demonstrated strong writing and presentation skills (for both technical and public audiences).
  • A strong record of research project design and management, securing external funding, and publications.
  • Good communications skills and ability and desire to work as a team player.
  • Proven success in work relations with a wide range of partners, including research institutes, governments, and other non-profit organizations.
Competitive compensation package commensurate with experience and qualifications. To be negotiated.

How to apply:

Please send your application and supporting documents to Ms Külli Putmaker ( The package should include:

  • Application letter (highlighting relevant qualifications and experience)
  • Motivation letter (also envisioning your work at SEI)
  • CV (in English, including major projects led, relevant publications from the past 5 years, and three professional references.
Deadline of submission of application: 15th October 2012
State the following reference: Senior Environmental Economist, Tallinn
SEIContact person for questions: Mrs Tea Nõmmann, Centre Director (
Employer and workplace
Stockholm Environment Institute Tallinn Centre (SEI Tallinn)
Lai Str 34, EE 10133 Tallinn, Estonia

Tenure-track position in Environmental Studies at Keene State College

The Keene State College Department of Environmental Studies (ENST) seeks an environmental scientist with expertise in wetlands, water quality and/or watershed management to join our faculty and complement our existing strengths in Ecology, Environmental Health, Geology, and Policy Analysis. This is a new, tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant Professor to begin the fall semester of 2013 with a unique opportunity for building research capacity at KSC and in New Hampshire around climate, land use, and ecosystem services.

Primary responsibilities for this position include:

  • Teaching undergraduate courses in the ENST program, including introductory and core courses in the major, as well as upper-level courses aligned with the candidate’s area of expertise, and participation in teaching the Junior/Senior capstone seminars. The candidate will eventually also be expected to teach courses in the College’s Integrative Studies Program. The normal teaching load is 3 courses each semester. For the first three years of the appointment, the successful candidate will receive a 50% reduction in teaching load in order to engage with a team of researchers across New Hampshire colleges and universities (including Dartmouth College and the University of New Hampshire) on a major NSF research project (see below).
  • Developing an ongoing program of research engaging undergraduate students in field or integrated field and laboratory studies, grounded in a context of applied problem solving and resource management. The research should be related to a five-year NSF-funded initiative on the interactions among climate, land use, ecosystem services, and society, with an emphasis on watershed ecosystem services. See
  • Contributing to the Department and the College through service and collaboration.

Qualifications: Ph.D. by August 1, 2013 in a relevant discipline or interdisciplinary field, such as: environmental studies, hydrology, geography, ecology, natural resource management, or related area; demonstrated expertise in wetlands, water quality and/or watershed management; undergraduate teaching experience. Preference will be given to candidates with practical or applied professional experience working in the environmental field, or Post-Doctoral research experience; experience developing and teaching college courses as the lead instructor.

Salary will be based on a Collective Bargaining Unit Agreement, and is $61,720 minimum for the rank of Assistant Professor for fall 2013.

Application: Apply online at:

Applicants should be prepared to upload the following documents when applying online:

  • Letter of application
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Teaching statement describing the candidate’s teaching experience and approach or philosophy.
  • Research statement describing the candidate’s research experience, how their intended research would fit within the framework of the referenced NSF-funded project and how they would engage undergraduate students in this research.
  • Three letters of recommendation addressing the above qualifications. Note: The three letters of recommendation may be sent under separate cover directly to Keene State College, Office of Human Resource Management FAC5, 229 Main Street, Keene NH 03435-1604 or via e-mail to

Application Deadline: Review of applications will begin October 20, 2012 and continue until November 20, 2012.