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TEACH-IN: Techno-Utopianism & the Fate of the Earth

Saturday October 25th (10am-10pm) and Sunday October 26th (10am-7pm)

45 Leading scholars, authors and activists will convene at The Great Hall of Cooper Union, New York City, for a public “teach-in” on the profound impacts– environmental, economic and social– of runaway technological expansionism, and cyber immersion; the tendency to see technology as the savior for all problems. A change of direction is required, returning the fate of nature to the center of economic and social decision making.

Speakers at this event will include: Bill McKibben, Vandana Shiva, Ralph Nader, Richard Heinberg, Helen Caldicott, Wes Jackson, and many others. For a full list of speakers, visit here.

For further details and ticket information, please visit the event website:


Open Call for Hosting the 8th Biennial USSEE Conference in 2015!

The U.S. Society of Ecological Economics (USSEE) Board of Directors has started planning our 8th biennial conference, and is seeking a conference site and local host partners! We are hoping to find an institutional host and venue that can continue to build on the success of our 2013 conference. Previous conferences have been held in June and attract between 200-300 participants. We are especially interested in bringing the 2015 conference to the West Coast, as the past four conferences have been held on the East Coast:

  • 2013 – Gund Institute for Ecological Economics, University of Vermont: “Building Local, Scaling Global: Implementing Solutions for Sustainability”
  • 2011 – Michigan State University: “Building a Green Economy”
  • 2009 –American University: “Science and Policy for a Sustainable Future”
  • 2007 – Pace University : “Creating Sustainability within Our Midst”

Attached to this email please find an overview of the committee structure and general timeline of conference planning tasks. The board will work with you to develop the conference theme and planning strategy and provide a full conference planning guide.

Please contact Executive Director Whitney Lash-Marshall at as soon as possible if you are interested in this opportunity!

7th Conference of the Ecosystem Services Partnership (ESP)

The 7th Conference of the Ecosystem Services Partnership (ESP): “Local action for the common good”, will be held in Costa Rica 8-12 September 2014.

Every year ESP organizes an international conference on the science and best practice and policies of Ecosystem Services. In addition to several high-level keynotes, and an opening address by the Costa Rican Minister of Environment, the core of the conference is built around 45 workshops and special sessions. It hosts over 270 presentations on a wide range of topics on the science, policy and practice of ecosystem services. In addition, several EU funded projects will present results of 4-5 years of research on the use of Ecosystem Services in Community Based Ecosystem Management in Latin America and there are several free pre-conference trainings on practical tools for ecosystem service assessment.

The local organizer is Fundacion Neotropica in collaboration with CATIE, Universidad Nacional and IUCN-CEM Meso-America and supported by the CGIAR-Water, Land and Ecosystems program.

Deadline for registration for the free trainings is August 15, and the conference registration closes September 1st.

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New York Lecture by Tim Jackson, Ecological Economist

The Architectural League of New York is hosting a lecture by British Ecological Economist Tim Jackson in New York on April 24.

Tim Jackson will speak about the shifting paths for achieving prosperity in our lives and discuss the changing relationship between economic growth and prosperity stemming from his book, Prosperity without Growth. While economic growth was once essential in reaching our current level of development, perhaps continued growth not only sees diminishing returns, but also detracts from our present happiness and future prosperity. In a world with finite ecological limits, how do we make what we need, get it to the people who need it, and nurture what we already have? A conversation with New York Times journalist Eduardo Porter will follow Jackson’s talk.

Further information and tickets here.


IARU Sustainability Science Congress: Call for abstracts

Sustainability Science Congress 2014
Global Challenges: Achieving Sustainability
Copenhagen, Denmark from October 22nd – 24th 2014

The call for abstracts has just opened for the international congress on sustainability science. The congress calls for much more than natural scientists discussing climate change – we are calling on the humanities, social scientists, and experts from various disciplines and businesses to address global challenges together and work toward sustainable solutions.

Visit for more information and to submit an abstract in sustainability science.

Abstract submission is open until March 31st, 2014

New book: Building a Green Economy

An edited volume of selected papers from the 6th biennial conference of the U.S. Society for Ecological Economics was recently published by Michigan State University Press (September 2013). The book is entitled, Building a Green Economy: Perspectives from Ecological Economics, and it is edited by Robert Richardson (Michigan State University). The volume includes contributions from conference plenary speakers Dave Dempsey, David Korten, Bobbi Low, and Kristen Sheeran, along with contributions from numerous other prominent ecological economists. In this timely volume, leading ecological economics scholars offer a variety of perspectives on building a green economy. A rich resource in its own right, Building a Green Economy contains the most innovative thinking in ecological economics at a critical time in the reexamination of the human relationship with the natural world.

USSEE President Valerie A. Luzadis (SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry) wrote that “this collection of innovative papers showcases how ecological economics, the science of sustainability, contributes to solving today’s pressing environmental and social issues.” Barry Solomon (Michigan Technological University) wrote that “this volume advances our understanding of a green economy and sustainable society by taking a constructively critical view from the perspective of ecological economics and its relationship to the failures of neoclassical economics in twenty-first century society.”


State-led Genuine Progress Research Discussed at USSEE 2013

The latest research and policy initiatives on state-level Genuine Progress Indicators (GPI) was featured on a panel at the USSEE 2013. From today’s Burlington Free Press:

The alliance of environmental activism and alternative economic thinking was showcased recently at the University of Vermont, site of the seventh biennial conference of the U.S. Society for Ecological Economics. And one of the topics that came in for attention was an alternative to GDP known as the Genuine Progress Indicator — an index, billed as a measure of a state’s well-being, that soon will make its debut here with the blessing of the Vermont Legislature.

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Panelists discuss moving past rhetoric in closing plenary session at USSEE 2013 conference

The closing plenary session at the USSEE 2013 conference featured two panelists who shared their views on “Building Our Economy: Moving Past Rhetoric to a Just and Sustainable Future”. Nancy Folbre (University of Massachusetts-Amherst) presented her perspectives in a lecture entitled, “Accounting, Pink and Green: Valuing Human, Social and Environmental Capital”. Riane Eisler (Center for Partnership Studies) discussed her ideas in a lecture entitled, “Moving Past Rhetoric to a Just and Sustainable Future”. The plenary session was moderated by USSEE President Valerie A. Luzadis of SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry.

Dr. Nancy Folbre is Professor of Economics at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. Her research explores the interface between political economy and feminist theory with a particular emphasis on the value of unpaid care work. She is the author of Greed, Lust, and Gender: A History of Economic Ideas and Valuing Children: Rethinking the Economics of the Family.

Dr. Riane Eisler is the co-founder and president of the Center for Partnership Studies, an organization working to develop social wealth indicators through its Caring Economy Campaign. She is internationally known for her groundbreaking contributions as a systems scientist and attorney working for human rights. She is author of The Real Wealth of Nations: Creating a Caring Economics and The Chalice and the Blade: Our History, Our Future.

Scholars discuss development and poverty in a plenary panel session at USSEE 2013 conference

A panel of scholars discussed issues of development and poverty in a plenary panel session on June 12 at the USSEE 2013 conference in Burlington, Vermont. The session was entitled, “Redefining Development: Poverty in a No-Growth Economy,” and the panel included Robin Broad, Ashwini Chhatre, and William Rees. The panel was moderated by Laura Schmitt Olabisi of Michigan State University.

Dr. Robin Broad is Professor of International Development at American University. She is a leading scholar and participant in the movement to create a more just and sustainable economic globalization. She is editor of Global Backlash: Citizens Initiatives for a Just World Economy and co-author of Development Redefined: How the Market Met Its Match.

Dr. Ashwini Chhatre is Assistant Professor of Geography at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. His research interests address dynamic cross-scale interactions between democratization, economic development, and environmental governance.

Dr. William Rees is Professor Emeritus at the University of British Columbia and former Director of the School of Community and Regional Planning. Professor Rees founded the Ecological and Resources Planning component of the School’s academic program and, as Director, consolidated its teaching and research mission on the theme of long-term sustainability. He is best known in ecological economics as the originator and co-developer of ecological footprint analysis.