First E4A Grad Making Waves at World Bank

Phoebe Spencer, our first Ph.D. graduate from the Economics for the Anthropocene partnership, is making waves at the World Bank. Check out this short article about Phoebe’s new work: https://www.uvm.edu/newsstories/news/banking-change-gund-alum-joins-world-bank Her Ph.D. research on feminist economics is currently under review.  Her full dissertation entitled “Shaping Policy in the Anthropocene: Gender Justice as a Social, Economics,Continue reading “First E4A Grad Making Waves at World Bank”

Pathways to Vermont’s Energy and Greenhouse Gas Goals

I was honored to help kick off the Vermont Energy and Climate Summit today hosted by Vermont Governor Phil Scott, Burlington Mayor Miro Weinberger, and Burlington Electric General Manager Neale Lunderville, and organized by Vermont’s Energy Action Network. EAN’s Leigh Seddon and I presented current trends in Vermont’s energy mix and greenhouse gas emissions (GHG)Continue reading “Pathways to Vermont’s Energy and Greenhouse Gas Goals”

Building a Clean Water Economy

[Cross-posted from The Independent, Aug. 23, 2017] Imagine an investment opportunity with a guaranteed return of at least 400 percent within a year. You put in a dollar and get back five over twelve months. Year after year. Guaranteed. Completely legal. No strings attached. Would you take it? My hunch is many might jump atContinue reading “Building a Clean Water Economy”

New Chapter on “Input-Output Analysis” in Ecological Economics Handbook

I’m proud to have co-authored a chapter with former graduate student Mindy Kane for the new Routledge Handbook of Ecological Economics. The handbook was edited by ecological economist Clive Spash and “demonstrates the dynamism of ecological economics in a wide-ranging collection of state-of-the-art essays.”  Our contribution on input-output analysis highlights “one of the early empiricalContinue reading “New Chapter on “Input-Output Analysis” in Ecological Economics Handbook”

Waking the Sleeping Giant Premiere

My latest film collaboration, Waking the Sleeping Giant, premiered this month at the Thin Line Festival. We were thrilled to be honored with the Best Documentary Feature.  Check out the news story in the Denton Record Chronicle. Up next is our Canadian premiere at the DOXA Documentary Film Festival in Vancouver. Thanks Denton, Texas forContinue reading “Waking the Sleeping Giant Premiere”

The Medium is the Message

This is the title of chapter 2 from Teaching as a Subversive Activity by Neil Postman and Charles Weingartner. Published in 1969, it was described as a ” no-holds-barred assault on outdated teaching methods, with dramatic and practical proposals on how education can be made relevant to today’s world.” Well, unfortunately, it couldn’t be moreContinue reading “The Medium is the Message”

To Rome and Back Again

Last week I participated in an expert meeting between the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations and the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). The 3-day meeting at FAO Headquarters in Rome was focused on the intersection of climate change, land use, and food security, in preparation for a special report inContinue reading “To Rome and Back Again”

3rd Annual Vermont Youth Climate Summit

[From WAMC Northeast Public Radio] The University of Vermont brought high school students from across Vermont and northern New York to its campus today for its third annual youth climate summit. More than 130 students from 16 high schools participated in the climate summit, set against a backdrop of probable changes in federal environmental policyContinue reading “3rd Annual Vermont Youth Climate Summit”

Vermont Governor Signs Order Giving Preference to Climate Aware Businesses

[Excerpt from WAMC Northeast Public Radio] UVM Professor of Ecological Economics Jon Erickson says state government policies such as the governor’s executive order often drive business practices.  “Government as a purchaser can really be the first big change in a marketplace and then everyone else jumps on board. When government said you know what we’reContinue reading “Vermont Governor Signs Order Giving Preference to Climate Aware Businesses”