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Upcoming Panel Discussion: Beyond GDP: Measuring Genuine PRogress

Wednesday June 3rd, 3pm EDT

Registration via eventbrite at :

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/panel-discussion-beyond-gdp-measuring-genuine-progress-tickets-106123881386

Genuine Progress Indicator (GPI) is a metric designed to take fuller account of the well-being of a nation, only a part of which pertains to the health of the nation’s economy, by incorporating environmental and social factors which are not measured by Gross Domestic Product (GDP). GPI has been suggested to replace, or supplement, GDP as a measure of economic growth. This roundtable will comprise of researchers from across the United States who have calculated the GPI for their local regions. The focus of this panel will be on the GPI methodology and to what extent it can be used to guide policy discussions at the state and local level. Topics will include application of GPI at the subnational level, tradeoffs faced when deciding whether to use regional data or scaled national data, practical challenges faced during GPI calculation, and opportunities for making GPI gender inclusive. The presentation will include 40 minutes of panel discussion, followed by 20 minutes for open discussion and Q&A.

Speaker List:

Rob Moore, Scioto Analysis, Ohio

Mairi-Jane Fox, Regis University, Colorado

Eli Lazarus, University of California, Berkeley

Gunseli Berik, University of Utah

Regina Ostergaard-Klem, Hawaii Pacific University

Call for Nominations: Board of Directors

The USSEE Board of Directors invites you to nominate candidate(s) to fill the 5 board positions listed below. The election will be held in mid-May, and we are seeking nominations by May 8th. You are welcome to self-nominate.

Nominations are for the following 5 positions with terms beginning June 1, 2020:

  • President Elect
  • Board Members at Large (2 members)
  • Graduate Student Board Member
  • Undergraduate Student Board Member

Board members are expected to attend monthly virtual board meetings, help to recruit and retain members, organize, plan and publicize conferences and events, and help develop and curate information and materials relevant to the discipline. The expected time commitment is 2-4 hours per month. All positions are for two year terms, except for the president elect, who will serve a total of four years (one year as president elect, two years as president, and one year as immediate past president). 

Please note that in order to vote in the May elections, or run for a position, you need to be an active member of USSEE. To join, renew, or check your membership status, visit: thttp://theisee.wildapricot.org/.  

You can submit nominations (name and contact information) or any questions about the positions to usseeboard@gmail.com  

Webinar Published: Ostrom, Commons, and Voluntary Environmental Programs by erik Nordman

The webinar recording is now available for the April 15th webinar, titled Ostrom, Commons, and Voluntary Environmental Programs presented by Erik Nordman.

Twenty cities (including Grand Rapids, Ann Arbor, and Detroit) have established 2030 District Energy Programs. Building owners within the districts voluntarily pledge to reduce their building energy use, water use and transportation-related greenhouse gases by 50% by 2030. The question is, can a voluntary program result in real resource use and pollution reductions? If so, how can the members hold each other accountable? Aseem Prakash, a student of Elinor Ostrom, and Matthew Potoski extended Ostrom’s ideas about managing a commons to voluntary environmental programs. The 2030 District program is evaluated using their “club theory” of voluntary environmental programs.

Erik Nordman is an associate professor of natural resources management at Grand Valley State University in Michigan. He teaches courses and conducts research in natural resource policy and environmental economics. He is on sabbatical as a visiting scholar at Indiana University’s Ostrom Workshop and is the author of a forthcoming book about Elinor Ostrom, to be published by Island Press.

USSEE Webinar Series: Ostrom, Commons, and Voluntary Environmental Programs

Wednesday April 15th, 1pm EDT


Erik Nordman will apply concepts from Elinor Ostrom’s work on managing the commons to analyze the 2030 District Energy Program

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About this Event

Twenty cities (including Grand Rapids, Ann Arbor, and Detroit) have established 2030 District Energy Programs. Building owners within the districts voluntarily pledge to reduce their building energy use, water use and transportation-related greenhouse gases by 50% by 2030. The question is, can a voluntary program result in real resource use and pollution reductions? If so, how can the members hold each other accountable? Aseem Prakash, a student of Elinor Ostrom, and Matthew Potoski extended Ostrom’s ideas about managing a commons to voluntary environmental programs. The 2030 District program is evaluated using their “club theory” of voluntary environmental programs.

Erik Nordman is an associate professor of natural resources management at Grand Valley State University in Michigan. He teaches courses and conducts research in natural resource policy and environmental economics. He is on sabbatical as a visiting scholar at Indiana University’s Ostrom Workshop and is the author of a forthcoming book about Elinor Ostrom, to be published by Island Press.

For those that can not attend the live webinar, a recording will be made available on the USSEE webinar page after the event

Anthropocene to the Ecozoic webinar this Wednesday, 12 noon EDT

This Wednesday, March 25th at 12 noon EDT is the next webinar in the series “From the Anthropocene to the Ecozoic”.  The last Wednesday of every month we’ll be highlighting the work of graduate students, faculty, and collaborators in the Economics for the Anthropocene (E4A) and Leadership for the Ecozoic (L4E) graduate research and training partnerships. 

The term “Anthropocene” is used by geologists to distinguish our current reality of a human-dominated geological epoch.  The “Ecozoic” is an aspirational term coined by the eco-theologian Thomas Berry as a call for a new era of mutually beneficial relations between humans and all of life.  In this monthly series we’ll discuss the research and action that could inspire, enable, and co-create a flourishing Earth community. 

This week’s talks highlight food systems research, including:

  • “Food that’s Not for Sale” by Sam Bliss, UVM Rubenstein School Ph.D. and E4A student;
  • “Regenerative Agriculture: Research Updates from a Champlain Valley Farm” by Dr. Juan Alvez, UVM Extension Faculty; and
  • “Wellington Hall Academy: Elementary Agriculture and Mindful Making” by Dr. Katie Kish, E4A McGill University post-doctoral associate

Webinars are livecast via Zoom at https://zoom.us/j/900195248.  Talks are designed to be short research overviews with ideas on actionable outcomes.  Recordings will be posted at the A2E YouTube Playlist for further sharing and discussing. 

We hope to see you virtually this Wednesday at 12 noon EDT.
Jon Erickson

A Community on Ecosystem Services: Call for Proposals

ACES will be held December 14-17, 2020 at the beautiful Hyatt Regency Coconut Point in Bonita Springs, Florida.

The ACES 2020 central theme is “Focusing on the Future of Ecosystem Services” with an emphasis placed on accelerating the use of ecosystem services for land and resource management and fostering the next generation of ecosystem service researchers and practitioners.
The Program Committee is seeking input from the community and invites you to assist with program development by submitting a session or workshop proposal.
All ecosystem services related research and applications proposals are welcome; we especially encourage ideas on these topics:

  1. Ecosystem Services in Action – land and resource management using ecosystem services; case studies encouraged
  2. Human Physical and Mental Health Benefits of Ecosystem Services – translation of ecosystem function to human health outcomes and valuation; mental health studies of ecosystem services
  3. Cultural Ecosystem Services – non-use ecosystem services methods and valuation

For additional information, click here. We look forward to receiving your ideas!
Submission Deadline: February 26, 2020

2020 sustainability Travel Awards Opportunity

From the Journal Sustainability:

“We are pleased to announce that applications are open for the 2020 Sustainability Travel Awards. The awards (800 Swiss Francs each) will be granted to four PhD students or postdoctoral fellows (as of 31 December 2020) conducting research in sustainability-relevant areas (broadly defined as any discipline covered by the journal Sustainability) and go towards supporting their attendance at a conference in 2020.

We are accepting applications for these awards until 17 January 2020 .Please find additional details here.

We look forward to receiving your applications.”

Sustainability Editorial Office

St. Alban-Anlage 66

CH-4052, Basel, Switzerland

sustainability@mdpi.com

https://www.mdpi.com/journal/sustainability

CALL FOR ABSTRACTS: Climate Adaptation Research Symposium 2020, Measuring and Addressing Societal Impacts

This symposium features research that seeks to measure the scale and scope of climate impacts, as well as how best to mitigate those impacts through adaptive markets, public policies, and planning. The symposium invites research from within climate science, economics, geography, law, public health, sociology, urban planning, and related disciplines.

We invite abstract submissions to be considered by our Symposium selection committee by January 31, 2020. Abstracts should feature methods and findings and be no longer than 500 words. All travel and lodging costs for presenters will be covered.

Please upload all presentation abstracts and papers to this submission form.

Location: UCLA Luskin Conference Center, hosted by the UCLA Luskin Center for Innovation

Symposium date: Friday, May 8, 2020

Please direct questions to Michelle Einstein at meinstein@luskin.ucla.edu.

Call for Papers: UC Berkeley Climate Economics Workshop

UC Berkeley is  currently soliciting papers from PhD students and post-docs for a climate economics workshop. The deadline for submissions is 9 A.M. December 9, 2019 (Pacific time zone).
They encourage papers by PhD students and post-docs undertaking research in any area related to the economics of climate change. They encourage papers that use empirical methods, theory or numerical modelling. Papers can be single authored or co-authored. No restrictions apply to co-authors, i.e. co-authors can be senior researchers.


The workshop will explore recent advances in climate economics, with an emphasis on the linkage between empirical and numerical modeling methods. One goal of the workshop is to bring junior and senior researchers together. The final program will combine presentations from invited leading senior researchers and presentations from the most promising junior researchers (PhD students and post-docs). This is the second workshop of this kind at UC Berkeley, a summary of the previous workshop can be found at  https://matrix.berkeley.edu/research/matrix-hosts-advanced-workshop-climate-economics


Applications should be submitted online at https://forms.gle/YgXHjPisEhGmAwv19. Please include either a full working paper or an extended abstract (1-2 pages). PhD students should include a brief letter of recommendation from their advisor that indicates that the submitted abstract/paper will be ready for a full presentation for the workshop.


The workshop will be held at UC Berkeley on Fri 1/31 and Sat 2/1, 2020. All travel and lodging costs will be covered for presenters.
The workshop is organized by David Anthoff (Energy and Resources Group, UC Berkeley), Max Auffhammer (Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics, UC Berkeley) and Solomon Hsiang (Goldman School of Public Policy, UC Berkeley) in collaboration with the Social Science Matrix at UC Berkeley.


Any questions regarding the workshop should be directed to Eva Seto (evaseto@berkeley.edu).

Assistant Professor in Biological and Environmental Systems Engineering, Cornell

The Department of Biological and Environmental Engineering (BEE) at Cornell University seeks candidates for a tenure-track position.

They are especially interested in candidates who have demonstrated expertise in investigating interconnected biological and/or environmental systems and will interact widely with colleagues in our department and across the university to build an understanding of the multiple trade-offs and competing objectives that may be present at the systems nexus. 

The successful candidate will establish an innovative, high-profile research program that addresses critical problems of society today. Areas of specific interest include, but are not limited to, sustainable agriculture and/or food systems, food safety and security, and interconnected systems of food/agriculture, energy, water, and climate.

A brief summary of the position is below.

More details on the position and how to apply are available at:
https://academicjobsonline.org/ajo/jobs/14806