Saturday, June 25, 2016
Monday, June 20, 2016
Will be joined by Tommy Wells, DOEE
The College of Agriculture, Urban Sustainability and Environmental Sciences (CAUSES) at the University of the District of Columbia (UDC) will host the 2016 Conference of the International Society for Ecological Economics (ISEE), Transforming the Economy: Sustaining Food, Water, Energy and Justice. At a time when our planet’s vital signs are in distress and the social stability of our human community is under duress, a “transformed economy” supports the resilience of our planet and makes this conference theme more relevant than ever.
On Monday, June 27, 2016, renowned author Frances Moore Lappe’ headlines An Evening of Inspiration and Celebration. Tommy Wells, director, Department of Energy and Environment will open the event. The evening lecture will be held in the University’s Theater of the Arts, and includes refreshments and music by Trio Caliente. Registration is available here.
Frances Moore Lappe’ is the author or co-author of 18 books, beginning with Diet for a Small Planet. Her newest books are World Hunger – 10 Myths and EcoMind: Changing the Way We Think, to Create the World We Want. She is the cofounder of three organizations, including the Oakland based think tank Food First and the Small Planet Institute which she leads with her daughter Anna Lappé. Frances and her daughter have also co-founded the Small Planet Fund, which supports democratic and social movements around the world. Gourmet Magazine named Frances one of the twenty-five most influential people whose work has changed the way America eats. She is also the recipient of the Right Livelihood Award, also known as the Alternative Nobel Award. She appears frequently as a public speaker and on radio and is a regular contributor to Huffington Post.
Posted by Leslie R. Malone at 9:05 PM
Thursday, June 16, 2016
The College of Agriculture, Urban Sustainability and Environmental Sciences (CAUSES) at the University of the District of Columbia (UDC will host the 2016 Conference of the International Society for Ecological Economics (ISEE), Transforming the Economy: Sustaining Food, Water, Energy and Justice. At a time when our planet’s vital signs are in distress and the social stability of our human community is under duress, a “transformed economy” supports the resilience of our planet and makes this conference theme more relevant than ever. Register here.
The conference brings together researchers, policy makers, and practitioners from all over the world and features plenary sessions, roundtables, and scholarly presentations focused on finding solutions for a socially and environmentally sustainable future. The International Society for Bio-Physical Economics will also hold its proceedings as a part of the ISEE 2016 conference.
Plenary speakers include:
- Frances Moore Lappe', author of Diet for a Small Planet and founder of the Small Planet Institute
- Marina Silva, former Minister of Environment, and contender for the presidency of Brazil
- Jairam Ramesh, former Minister of the Environment, who was recently reelected to the Upper House of the Indian Parliament
- Mokgadi Monamati, Senior Natural Resources Specialist of Environmental Affairs and Industry in Botswana, Africa
- Dr. Shi Yan, President of Shared Harvest, and founder of the Chinese Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) movement
- Dr. Renato Maluf, President Emeritus of the Food Policy Council of Brazil
- Dr. Gar Alperovitz, Co-founder of the Democracy Collaborative and President of the National Center for Economic and Security Alternatives, Washington, D.C.
- Dr. Peter May, Senior Environmental Scientist of Biohabitats Inc. and lecturer at the University of Maryland
The conference will also include several special events open to the community. Frances Moore Lappe’ will be the featured speaker at an evening of celebrating sustainable communities at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, June 27. Registration is available here. 2016 Kenneth Boulding Award recipient, Prof. Kanchan Chopra, former director of the Institute of Economic Growth in Delhi, India, will lecture at a luncheon Monday at 12:00 p.m.; while Dr. Arild Vatn, a well-known institutional economist from the Norwegian University of Life Sciences will be honored at 8:00 p.m. on June 28. Registration for both Boulding events is available here.
Attendees of the conference can also earn Continuing Education Unit (CEU) credits. The University of the District of Columbia is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education and follows the IACET protocol for providing CEU’s for professional development. Contact CCDC_CE@UDC.edu for more information.
Posted by Leslie R. Malone at 9:39 AM
Thursday, June 9, 2016
Washington, DC, is in fact well on its way to becoming one of the greenest cities in the country. We have more green roofs here than almost any other city; we have one of the largest bike share programs in the country; we have a huge number of local food initiatives; and urban agriculture is a big focus.
Some would say though, that it’s still not enough; and it’s still not fast enough. There are still way too many people right here in our nation’s capital and in cities all around the country, who suffer from the effects of pollution and unhealthy living conditions. And things are becoming more challenging, not less. We have unprecedented storms and erratic weather patterns that impact our health. Are things getting better or worse? How can we mitigate the effects of changed weather patterns that make our air feel heavier, and more oppressive?
Posted by Leslie R. Malone at 7:45 PM