Biennial Conference of the USSEE

The U.S. Society for Ecological Economics plans a national conference every two years (alternating with the International Society’s Biennial Conference) highlighting the latest research and education initiatives in ecological economics, and bringing together an interdisciplinary group of academics and practitioners to analyze society’s most pressing social and environmental problems, and design the solutions for a sustainable future.

10th Biennial Conference

USSEE Joined the Ecological Society of America (ESA) for a joint conference August 11th-16th, 2019 in Louisville Kentucky. The theme of the conference was “Bridging Communities and Ecosystems, Inclusion as an Ecological Imperative.” More information can be found on the ESA conference website here

9th Biennial Conference

The 2017 Conference of the USSEE was hosted by Macalester College in Minneapolis, Minnesota, June 25-28th with the theme of “Ecological Economics in Practice.”

8th Biennial Conference

The U.S. and Canadian Societies for Ecological Economics held a joint biennial conference in Vancouver, British Columbia, on October 1-4, 2015. The conference theme was “Pathways for Change: Towards a Just and Sustainable Economy”.

7th Biennial Conference

The 2013 conference of the USSEE was held at the University of Vermont in Burlington, Vermont on June 9-12 in conjunction with the 5th Annual Biophysical Economics Meeting. Hosted by the Gund Institute for Ecological Economics, the overarching conference theme was “Building Local, Scaling Global: Implementing Solutions for Sustainability”. For details, please see the UVM Conference Home Page.

6th Biennial Conference

The 2011 conference of the USSEE was held at Michigan State University in East Lansing, Michigan, June 26-29, 2011. The conference theme was “Building a Green Economy” and the State of Michigan was chosen as a backdrop to the national discourse around the challenges in making the transition to an economy that is sustainable, equitable, and within the limits of critical ecosystems. For more information, visit the conference website at

5th Biennial Conference

The 2009 conference of the USSEE was held at American University in Washington, DC on June 1-3. The conference theme was “Science and Policy for a Sustainable Future”, and included presentations by Paul Anastas, Dayna Baumeister, Herman Daly, Bill McKibben, and Pavan Sukhdev.

4th Biennial Conference

The 2007 conference of the USSEE was held at Pace University in New York City, June 23-27. The conference theme was “Creating Sustainability within Our Midst,” and included presentations by David Orr, Robert Costanza, Mathis Wackernagel, Eban Goodstein, and Almaz Terrefe.

3rd Biennial Conference

The 2005 conference was organized by Earth Economics in Tacoma, Washington on June 20-23 and built around the theme “Forging Solutions: Applying Ecological Economics to Urgent Problems”. The conference included keynote addresses by Mathis Wackernagel of the Global Footprint Network (and winner of the 2005 Herman Daly Award) and Atossa Soltani of Amazon Watch, as well as dozens of breakout sessions and workshops aimed at addressing current and actual economic and environmental problems. Workshops were designed to have attendees assist local NGOs in applying ecological economics to address pressing challenges, including watershed management, marine ecosystem assessment, legal and citizen action on toxics, and global trade and finance reform.

2nd Biennial Conference

The 2003 conference was co-organized by the Gund Institute for Ecological Economics of the University of Vermont, and the Department of Economics of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and held May 22-24 in Saratoga Springs, New York. Conference highlights included keynote addresses by James Howard Kunstler and Juliet Schor, 45 paper and poster sessions including over 140 presentations, and the awarding of the inaugural Herman Daly Award to David Batker of Earth Economics. A PDF of the full conference program is available here.

Inaugural Conference

Duluth, Minnesota
July 11-13, 2001

Transforming the Economy for a Just and Sustainable World