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Friday, September 26, 2014

Gund Tea - Meryl Richards: Greenhouse gas calculators: How good can they get?

Time: 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Location: Johnson House Conference Room
Description: Meryl will discuss her work to develop methods to quantify greenhouse gas emissions from agriculture in order to identify mitigation options and help developing countries access climate finance.

Gund Teas are a weekly event at the Gund Institute. Each week a presenter presents on their research for 30 minutes, with the remainder of the time open for discussion amongst the group. Open to the public.

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Friday, October 3, 2014

Gund Tea - Ulice Acosta Llanes: Havana, Cuba's Environmental Plan: Strategies for a Sustainable Cityscape

Time: 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Location: Johnson House Conference Room
Description: Ulice Acosta Llanes, Specialist in Environmental Management and International Cooperation for the Patrimony, Community and Environment Program, Office of the City Historian for Havana, Cuba, will outline environmental challenges facing Havana and key strategies to create a more environmentally sustainable city, including climate change adaptation, protection of the Bay of Havana, solid waste management, alternative modes of transportation, energy conservation and urban agriculture.

Open to the public.

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Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Food Sovereignty Initiatives in Chiapas, Mexico

Time: 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Location: Davis 422 (Jost Foundation Room)
Description: Helda Morales and Bruce Ferguson
Professors and researchers at El Colegio de la Frontera Sur (ECOSUR), Chiapas, Mexico

Chiapas is among Mexico's poorest states, with a dark history of exploitation that spawned the Zapatista uprising. In recent decades, and especially following the implementation of NAFTA, food production and retailing have become increasingly industrialized and corporatized. A diffuse movement for food system sustainability and justice is emerging, in which indigenous farmers and other peasants, urban producers and consumers, new markets, formal education, traditional knowledge and agroecological innovation all have a role to play. Helda Morales and Bruce Ferguson both have PhD's from the University of Michigan and are researchers and professors in the Agroecology Group at ECOSUR in San Cristóbal de Las Casas, México. Their current research focuses on scaling up agroecology through formal and informal education, local markets, and social support networks.

Co-sponsored by the Agroecology and Rural Livelihoods Group and the Gund Institute for Ecological Economics.

For additional information, contact Martha Caswell at martha.caswell@uvm.edu.

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Friday, October 10, 2014

Gund Tea - Ken Bagstad: Using ecosystem services for conservationand natural resource planning in U.S. Federal agencies

Time: 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Location: Johnson House Conference Room
Description: U.S. federal agencies are increasingly requesting information about ecosystem services to assist in long-range planning and resource management. In this talk, I will discuss recent efforts to develop rigorous and timely ecosystem services information for agencies including the Bureau of Land Management, Fish and Wildlife Service, National Park Service, and USDA Forest Service.

Gund Teas are a weekly event at the Gund Institute. Each week there is a presenter(s) that will present on their research for 30 minutes, with the remainder of the time open for discussion amongst the group. Open to the public.

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Monday, October 13, 2014

Gund Tea - Ilan Kelman: Climate change and islands: Evacuation asadaptation?

Time: 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Location: Johnson House Conference Room
Description: Climate change is stated as being likely to cause the forced movement of millions of people, especially from small island communities. In fact, in climate-induced migration discussions, islands are a populist icon, with the discourse tending to be that the blameless residents from those communities must flee the rising seas. Such statements are not always placed in wider and deeper understandings of mobility and non-mobility. Focusing on island communities, this presentation examines and critiques island evacuation as climate change adaptation, especially in comparison to wider environment and migration contexts. Without denying the major challenges which climate change has previously brought to some islanders and brings to many islanders today, climate change is often overplayed--but that does not diminish the relevance of island experiences for our own climate change related decisions.

Gund Teas are a weekly event at the Gund Institute. Each week there is a presenter(s) that will present on their research for 30 minutes, with the remainder of the time open for discussion amongst the group. Open to the public.

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New Economy Week: Josh Farley: Money and Finance on a Finite Planet

Time: 4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Location: 127 Jeffords Hall
Description: Sponsored by the Gund Institute, the New Economy Coalition, the Donella Meadows Institute, and the Center for the Advancement of the Steady-State Economy

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Tuesday, October 14, 2014

New Economy Week: Movie and Pizza Night "Inside Job"

Time: 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Location: 101 Fleming Museum
Description: Movie and Pizza. “Inside Job,” documentary about the causes and consequences of the crash of 2008.

Sponsored by the Gund Institute, the New Economy Coalition, the Donella Meadows Institute, and the Center for the Advancement of the Steady-State Economy

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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

New Economy Week: Film and Discussion "The Story of Stuff"

Time: 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Location: Aiken 103
Description: Film and discussion: "The Story of Stuff," shown as part of the "Envisioning a Sustainable Future" course at Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources, UVM.

Sponsored by the Gund Institute, the New Economy Coalition, the Donella Meadows Institute, and the Center for the Advancement of the Steady-State Economy

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Friday, October 17, 2014

Gund Tea - Gillian Galford and Friends: Vermont Climate Assessment

Time: 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Location: Johnson House Conference Room
Description: Gund Teas are a weekly event at the Gund Institute. Each week there is a presenter(s) that will present on their research for 30 minutes, with the remainder of the time open for discussion amongst the group. Open to the public.

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Thursday, October 23, 2014

Lynx to Loons: Celebration of the 40th Anniversary of the Endangered Species Act

Time: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Location: ECHO
Description: An all day symposium celebrating the legacy of the Endangered Species Act and Vermont's experience protecting our most vulnerable species.

Keynote speakers include Joe Roman, Author and Hardy Fellow in
Conservation Biology, Harvard University and Collin O’Mara, President
and CEO, National Wildlife Federation—and panels of experts will examine
the future for conservation biology and discuss the challenges ahead for
preserving Vermont's natural heritage. Other panelists will include our
own Jed Murdoch, biologists from Vermont Fish and Wildlife, and the US
Fish and Wildlife Service as well as a number of NGOs.

More details about the conference can be found here:
www.anr.state.vt.us/site/html/L2L.htm
This link is to the agenda:
www.anr.state.vt.us/site/html/L2Lagenda.htm

Registration is $15, which includes lunch from Sugar Snap.

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Friday, October 24, 2014

José Maria Tardin - Agroecology in Brazil

Time: 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Location: Billings North Lounge
Description: José Maria Tardin is a member of the Brazilian Movement of Landless Rural Workers (MST), working in the pedagogy sector, in technical schools for agroecology in Brazil and the Americas. Since 2005, he has been a coordinator of the Latin American School for Agroecology (ELAA), located on the Contestado agrarian reform settlement in the county of Lapa, one hour from the Paraná state capital Curitiba, in the south of Brazil.

Sponsored by the Food Systems Initative and the Gund Institute for Ecological Economics

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Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Lecture by Dr. Steve Polasky: Getting to a global climate deal: Yes we can!

Time: 3:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Location: Davis Center, Livak Ballroom
Description: For more information, please call the President's Office at (802) 656-3186 or visit www.edu/president/marsh/

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Friday, October 31, 2014

Gund Tea - Steve Polasky: How inclusive is inclusive wealth?

Time: 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Location: Johnson House Conference Room
Description: Gund Teas are a weekly event at the Gund Institute. Each week there is a presenter(s) that will present on their research for 30 minutes, with the remainder of the time open for discussion amongst the group. Open to the public.

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Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Early Adoption Dynamics of Private Governance Initiatives: A CaseStudy of the Marine Cultured-Pearl Industry Seminar And PhD Dissertation Defense By Julie Nash

Time: 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Location: Aiken 311
Description: Seminar And PhD Dissertation Defense

Early Adoption Dynamics of Private Governance Initiatives:
A Case Study of the Marine Cultured-Pearl Industry

By Julie Nash

Seminar: 5:00 p.m., Aiken 311
Defense: 6:00 p.m., Aiken 311

Committee

Saleem Ali, Professor, RSENR, Co-Advisor
Clare Ginger, Professor, RSENR, Co-Advisor
Christopher Koliba, Professor, CDAE, Chair
Jon Erickson, Professor, RSENR

ABSTRACT

In the last decade, private sustainability governance initiatives have flourished resulting in a diversity of formats including third-party certification, consumer product transparency systems, and industry roundtables. In many industries, these initiatives compete to define the transformation and evolution of sustainability governance. This dissertation draws on a case study of the marine cultured pearl industry to highlight the early adoption dynamics of these initiatives. This industry provides an illuminating case study for adoption of private governance initiatives based on the potential strength of the positive environmental impact and farm presence in ecologically vulnerable coral reefs areas. Yet despite these strengths, no formal initiatives have developed.
This research explores the early adoption of private governance initiatives through a mixed-methodological approach. The first study, a quantitative survey of US jewelry consumers, examines the impacts of environmental messages on perceptions of luxury value. The second study assesses the effect of network legitimacy on producer interest in these initiatives. The final study investigates the impact of value-chain structure on these competing initiatives.
The research results highlight distinctions between the rival initiatives. The US jewelry consumer research shows that consumer messages featuring positive impacts on coral reefs outperform third-party certification on luxury attributes. The marine cultured-pearl producer research highlights the network legitimacy advantages of consumer product transparency systems when compared to third-party certifications. The value chain research indicates that, when compared to third-party certifications, consumer product transparency systems have inherent characteristics that provide an advantage in addressing producer upgrading opportunities and small producer participation. Results from each of the three studies highlight the potential advantages of consumer product transparency systems over third party certifications initiatives.

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Friday, November 7, 2014

Gund Tea - Christine Vatovec: Flourishing in a Time of Flows: What Role for Environmental Health Social Sciences?

Time: 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Location: Johnson House Conference Room
Description: Flourishing: thriving; prospering; term often used in describing visions of sustainability, i.e. sustainability = ecological flourishing + human flourishing

Flows: steady, continuous streams of [something]; describes the movement of [people, materials, ideas] in our global society

Environmental Health Social Sciences: provide methodological and theoretical contributions for moving toward human and ecological flourishing; offer opportunities for understanding the consequences of and points of intervention for mitigating the harms associated with flows

Gund Teas are a weekly event at the Gund Institute. Each week there is a presenter(s) that will present on their research for 30 minutes, with the remainder of the time open for discussion amongst the group. Open to the public.

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Monday, November 10, 2014

Gund Brown Bag with Ann Swanson: Transparency and Verification ofTMDLs in the Chesapeake Bay

Time: 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Location: GUND Conference Room
Description: Ann Swanson, Executive Director of the Chesapeake Bay Commission, will be with us Monday from 12-1 at Gund to discuss her work on TMDLs in the Chesapeake Bay.

Ann Swanson (’79), Executive Director of the Chesapeake Bay Commission, has been working to restore Chesapeake Bay for more than 30 years. Recognizing that the Bay’s water quality is impaired, the Federal EPA imposed a TMDL (Total Maximum Daily Load), calling for significant reductions in both nutrients and sediments by 2025. Under the law, the watershed states must provide EPA with “reasonable assurance” that the pollution control practices are installed and working. Ann will briefly explain the TMDL, but will spend the bulk of her time zeroing in on the challenges of verification: how do you know that the pollution controls claimed are real?

Bring your lunch and join us.
Here's a reading if you want some background:
www.epa.gov/reg3wapd/pdf/pdf_chesbay/FinalBayTMDL/BayTMDLExecutiveSummaryFINAL122910_final.pdf.

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Friday, November 14, 2014

Gund Tea - David Grass: Environmental Public Health Tracking and Climate Change Adaptation

Time: 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Location: Johnson House Conference Room
Description: The Vermont Department of Health is working to identify the most pressing health threats posed by climate change and to develop strategies for lessening their impacts. David will discuss Vermont's environmental public health tracking program and how the data will be used to help Vermont adapt to a changing climate.

Gund Teas are a weekly event at the Gund Institute. Each week there is a presenter(s) that will present on their research for 30 minutes, with the remainder of the time open for discussion amongst the group. Open to the public.

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Thursday, November 20, 2014

2nd Annual Gund Research Slam

Time: 1:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Location: ECHO
Description: Get a quick taste of the research going on at the Gund and various collaboration opportunities. We will have 20 Gund Fellows, Gund Affiliates, Gund Graduate Fellows, and Postdocs give 4-minute talks, without Q&A, on specific projects they are excited about. We'll pause several times for discussion breaks, where people find each other to keep talking about the talks that sparked an idea, etc., and then adjourn for the night. It will be a fun, efficient, and productive session.


1-1:10 – Introduction

1:10-2:00 – 10 presentations (4 minute talks, 1 minute transition)

2:00-2:30 – Discussion

2:30-3:20 - 10 presentations (4 minute talks, 1 minute transition)

3:20-3:30 – Closing thoughts

3:30-4:30 – Discussion and networking

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Friday, November 21, 2014

Gund Tea - Anthony Dvarskas: Applying Ecosystem Accounting on Long Island: Linking Coastal Ecosystem Assets and Potential Beneficiaries

Time: 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Location: Johnson House Conference Room
Description: Long Island's coastal areas consist of a range of ecosystem assets that support a flow of ecosystem services to a densely populated region of potential beneficiaries. While some of these assets have been broadly investigated (for example, the contribution of open space to economic benefits), these ecosystem assets have yet to be accounted for systematically. This research evaluates the connections between coastal ecosystem assets and beneficiaries on Long Island in selected pilot locations and assesses potential economic vulnerabilities related to future storm scenarios.

Gund Teas are a weekly event at the Gund Institute. Each week there is a presenter(s) that will present on their research for 30 minutes, with the remainder of the time open for discussion amongst the group. Open to the public.

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Thursday, December 4, 2014

Talk: Evaluating the Costs and Benefits of Floodplain Protection Activities in Waterbury, Vermont and Willsboro, New York, Lake Champlain Basin, U.S.A.

Time: 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Location: Johnson House Conference Room
Description: Title: Evaluating the Costs and Benefits of Floodplain Protection Activities in Waterbury, Vermont and Willsboro, New York, Lake Champlain Basin, U.S.A.

About: Roy Schiff will present findings on the ecosystem service value of floodplains in the Lake Champlain Basin, as well as examples of the costs and benefits of living in the floodplain.

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Friday, December 5, 2014

Gund Tea - Robert Bartlett: Democracy in the Anthropocene: Non-legislative Accountability?

Time: 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Location: Johnson House Conference Room
Description: The primary mechanism for holding administrative agencies accountable in democratic states has been the practice of legislative oversight. The circumstances of the anthropocene conspire to make legislative oversight of administrative action difficult, if not impossible, while working to aggravate the ecological challenge. The European Union offers a deliberative model of transnational democratic accountability that builds upon the functions that intergovernmental organizations already perform tolerably well and does not rely on new legislative inputs or continuous monitoring by elected officials.

Gund Teas are a weekly event at the Gund Institute. Each week there is a presenter(s) that will present on their research for 30 minutes, with the remainder of the time open for discussion amongst the group. Open to the public.

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Monday, December 8, 2014

Dr. Ihor Soloviy Double-header: "Grappling with International Trade in Illegally Harvested Timber" + "What is going on with the geopolitical situation in Ukraine and other former communist republics?"

Time: 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Location: University Heights South, Room 133 (Multipurpose Room)\n
Description: Double-header: "Grappling with International Trade in Illegally Harvested Timber" + "What is going on with the geopolitical situation in Ukraine and other former communist republics?"

Brown bag presentation and discussion

Come meet recently arrived Ukrainian Fulbright Scholar Dr. Ihor Soloviy. Dr. Soloviy will spend the next 9 months as a visiting scholar in the Gund Institute. He is a professor of forest and ecological economics in the Institute for Ecological Economics at the Ukrainian National Forestry University in L'viv, Ukraine. Ihor is an internationally recognized expert on sustainable forest management. He serves on the U.N.'s science committee on sustainable forestry and the FLEG program, working to control and reduce the international trade in illegally harvested timber from many different regions of the world.

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Friday, December 19, 2014

Bob Costanza: Progress Toward Creating Ecological Economies: A Multi-hemispheric Survey

Time: 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Location: Gund Conference Room
Description: Bob Costanza is a Chair in Public Policy at Crawford School of Public Policy and Founding Director of the Gund Institute.


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Friday, December 26, 2014

Winter Break

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Monday, December 29, 2014

Winter Break

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Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Winter Break

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Friday, January 2, 2015

Winter Break

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Thursday, January 8, 2015

Ph.D. Dissertation Proposal Defense: Changing Forests: Modeling Future Forest Succession, Timber Harvesting and Ecosystem Services Tradeoffs in Vermont

Time: 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Location: Green Conference Room, Aiken 311
Description: Seminar and Ph.D. Dissertation Proposal Defense
CHANGING FORESTS: MODELING FUTURE FOREST SUCCESSION, TIMBER HARVESTING AND ECOSYSTEM SERVICES TRADEOFFS IN VERMONT
By Eduardo M. Rodriguez
Seminar: 2:00pm
Defense: 3:00pm
Committee
Jon Erickson, Professor, RSENR, Advisor
Asim Zia, Associate Professor, CDAE, Chair
Gillian Galford, Research Assistant Professor, RSENR
Kimberly Wallin, Associate Professor, RSENR

ABSTRACT
Forest cover in Vermont is decreasing for the first time since the nineteenth century, and is likely to face increasing pressures from climate change, exurban development, and renewable energy demands in the coming decades. Forests provide us with innumerable benefits such as carbon storage, timber products, wildlife habitat, water filtration, and recreational opportunities. For continued provision of these ecosystem services there is a need for effective, comprehensive management of Vermont’s forest landscape.
This study will analyze alternative forest management strategies using dynamic forest modelling, landowner survey methods, ecosystem service tradeoff analysis, and natural capital accounting. I will simulate wind disturbance and salvage logging in Chittenden County using a forest landscape model (LANDIS II), develop alternative scenarios of forest management strategies for the State of Vermont, and analyze tradeoffs in ecosystem service provision. Survey data that describe forest landowner characteristics and motivations will inform the simulations and scenario development. Finally, I will refine the current calculation of forest value in the Genuine Progress Indicator by incorporating differences in forest characteristics.
This multi-faceted approach will contribute to the assessment of the current state of Vermont’s forests, and to our understanding of how different management paths may affect the ability of forests to provide us with valuable ecosystem services in the future.

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