Thursday, June 16, 2016

Transforming the Economy: Sustaining Food, Water, Energy and Justice

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 for more information.

ISEE 2016 will be hosted at the University of the District of Columbia, located at 4200 Connecticut Avenue, NW, Washington, D.C. To view the schedule or register for the full conference please visit For questions, contact

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