University of Vermont

Gund Institute for Ecological Economics

Gund will host the 7th Biennial USSEE Conference at UVM in June

Call for papers announced

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. The call for papers is out, abstracts are due February 15th.

The 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.