Ecological economist to speak Aug. 19
Sunday, August 2, 2009
The researcher who helped put a dollar figure on the world's ecosystems is coming to campus.
Robert Costanza, a Pew scholar, Kellogg scholar and director of the Gund Institute for Ecological Economics at the University of Vermont, is scheduled to speak 9 a.m. Aug. 19 in Stewart Hall's Ritsche Auditorium. A question-and-answer session will follow.
Costanza's presentation will keynote Convocation 2009, St. Cloud State University's four-day assembly of employees, ideas and information. The leading theme of this year's convocation is environmental sustainability.
In 1997, Costanza and 12 scholars from around the world published an article in the journal Nature that valued the world's ecosystems:
By comparison, global gross national product total is about $18 trillion per year.
View the seven-page article, "The value of the world’s ecosystem
Recently, Costanza has been presenting on the idea that the global recession is an opportunity to create a sustainable and desirable future.
He holds a doctorate in systems ecology with a minor in economics from the University of Florida.
The Pittsburgh native is the author or co-author of more than 300 scientific articles. Since 1987, he has been cited in more than 3,000 scientific articles. More than 80 interviews and reports on his work have appeared in media such as Newsweek, US News and World Report, The Economist, The New York Times, Science, Nature, National Geographic and National Public Radio.
Convocation 2009 is managed by the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning, St. Cloud State's engine for inquiry and critical engagement.
Visit Costanza's Web page.