USSEE Biennial Conference 2013 at a Glance

USSEE Biennial Conference 2013 at a Glance
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UVM’s Gund Institute for Ecological Economics and the 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 is a hub for transdisciplinary scholarship, based at the University of Vermont and comprising diverse faculty, students, and collaborators worldwide. Together we conduct research at the interface of ecological, social, and economic systems, develop creative, practical solutions to local and global environmental challenges, and provide future leaders with the tools and understanding necessary to navigate the transition to a sustainable society.To learn more visit: