University of Vermont

Gund Institute for Ecological Economics

National Ecological Economics Conference Comes to a Close

UVM’s Gund Institute for Ecological Economics and Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources hosted the 7th U.S. Society for Ecological Economics (USSEE) Conference and fifth annual Biophysical Economics Meeting from June 9th-12th. Over 250 academics, organizational leaders, students, and other attendees came to UVM to address the theme of “Building Local, Scaling Global: Implementing Solutions for Sustainability.”

Organized by Gund Fellow and Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources Interim Dean Jon Erickson, and Gund Graduate Fellow Brian Kelly, the conference included more than sixty topic sessions and six plenary events. Plenary lectures during the conference featured discussions with international development specialist Robin Broad; environmental governance researcher Ashwini Chhatre; energy expert Cutler Cleveland; Riane Eisler, a systems scientist; political economy and feminist theory specialist Nancy Folbre; Nate Hagens, an authority on “peak oil” and resource depletion; Hal Hamilton, co-director of the Sustainable Food Lab; Cylvia Hayes, First Lady of Oregon and leader of the Oregon Prosperity Initiative; UVM soil expert Fred Magdoff; Julie Nelson, a scholar of feminist economics; energy author Greg Pahl; ecological planning expert Bill Rees, who originated the “ecological footprint” concept; and Darcy Winslow a sustainability management expert from the MIT Leadership Center.

The Gund Institute for Ecological was well represented with presentations from over 30 Gund Fellows, Gund Affiliates, Gund Graduate Fellows and Gund Alumni during the conference on topics ranging from, “Encouraging Policies and Practices for a Sustainable World: A Case Study of Vermont Colleges and Universities,” to “The End of Growth: Theoretical Considerations for (Ecological) Economics”.   

Thank you to all of the attendees, speakers and especially our sponsors- UVM Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources, UVM Gund Institute for Ecological Economics, UVM James M. Jeffords Center for Policy Research, AllEarth Renewables, Donella Meadows Institute, Ben & Jerry’s Foundation, UVM Transportation Research Center, Lintilhac Foundation, Vermont Energy Investment Corporation, UVM College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Earth Shift, Robert Schalkenbach Foundation, Healthy Living Market and Café, UVM Department of Plant and Soil Science, SUNY ESF, UVM Center for Sustainable Agriculture, and UVM Community Development and Applied Economics- for supporting an inspirational and informative conference.