February 2006

Ecological Economics: Creating a Sustainable and Desirable Future

Dr. Robert Costanza, University of Vermont

The 2006 Dempsey Environmental Lecture was presented by Dr. Robert Costanza. Dr. Costanza is the director of the Gund Institute for Ecological Economics at the University of Vermont and is best known for his pioneering work on ecosystem valuation. In 1997, a team of researchers headed by Costanza published an analysis that put a dollar figure on the services ecosystems provide to the continued functioning of our planet, ranging somewhere between $16 and $54 trillion. Dr. Costanza and ecological economists around the globe have spent the ensuing years confirming and refining their valuation process.

Dr. Costanza is the author or co-author of more than 350 scientific papers, 19 books and numerous reports on his work have appeared in publications such as Newsweek, The Wall Street Journal, National Geographic and The New York Times.

Dr. Robert Costanza

Dr. Robert Costanza, University of Vermont