is one of Earth Economics’ co-founders. Annie currently serves as the Director of the Story of Stuff Project
and author of the book, The Story of Stuff (Free Press, March 2010). In December 2007, Annie released The Story of Stuff
, a hit 20-minute webfilm that takes viewers on a provocative and eye-opening tour of the often hidden costs of our consumer driven culture. The Story of Stuff has generated over 10 million views in more than 200 countries and territories since its launch, making it one of the most successful environmental-themed viral films of all time. The film has won numerous awards, including a South by Southwest Festival award, and in 2008 Annie was named one of Time Magazine’s Heroes of the Environment. Prior to directing the Story of Stuff Project, Annie worked for the Funders Workgroup for Sustainable Production & Consumption, the Global Alliance for Incinerator Alternatives (GAIA), Health Care Without Harm, Essential Action and Greenpeace International. She is currently on the boards of the International Forum on Globalization and GAIA and has previously served on the Boards of the Grassroots Recycling Network, the Environmental Health Fund, Global Greengrants India and Greenpeace India. Annie completed her undergraduate studies at Barnard College, Columbia University and graduate work in City and Regional Planning at Cornell University.
JD and MS, Executive Director of Fundación Neotrópica, Ecological Economist and Environmental Law Expert, President of the Meso-American Society for Ecological Economics, has over 18 years experience in higher education academic work in the areas of Sustainable Development, Environmental Law, Latin American Studies and Ecological Economics with special emphasis in Natural Resource Valuation, and Political Ecology/Economy. His research has focused in topics of political ecology, Latin American Studies, integrated sustainable development indicators, tropical crop market models, sustainable entrepreneurial models and natural resource valuation. He also has over 10 years of experience in the administration of educational programs focused on service and experiential learning in sustainable development, conservation and multiculturalism related topics within an international environment, project funding, execution and administration. His academic credentials include a degree as a Specialist (graduate degree equivalent to LLM) and Juris Doctor in Agrarian and Environmental Law and a Masters of Science in Agricultural and Applied Economics (emphasis in Applied Economics, International Trade and Econometrics). He is currently Ph.D. candidate (ABD) in Natural Sciences for Development. His publications include 1 book, several book chapters, refereed and invited professional journal articles, book reviews, technical reports, and numerous newspaper, newsletter and magazine articles. He is currently the Executive Director of Fundación Neotrópica, one of the oldest and most reputable environmental NGOs in Costa Rica. Finally, Bernardo currently serves as the President for the Mesoamerican Society for Ecological Economics.
Eric Rasmussen, MD, MDM, FACP,
is currently serving as Research Professor for Environmental Security and Global Medicine at San Diego State University, as an Affiliate Associate Professor of Medicine at the University of Washington, and as Managing Director at Infinitum Humanitarian Systems
, a Social Business specializing in vulnerability reduction for systems and populations. He previously spent 25 years in the US Navy, with positions that included Chairman of an academic Department of Medicine, Fleet Surgeon for the US Navy’s Third Fleet, and Special Advisor in Humanitarian Informatics for the Office of the Secretary of Defense. After retiring from the Navy he spent several years as the CEO of the Google-founded NGO called InSTEDD before accepting his current positions. He has been a Principal Investigator for the National Science Foundation, and he sits on several boards, including the US National Academy of Science’s Committee on Grand Challenges in International Development
. Dr. Rasmussen is also Permanent Advisor to the UN Secretary-General's High-Level Expert Panel on Water Disasters and has external teaching positions within the European Union’s Disaster Training Academy in Bonn, Germany, and at the Institute for Disaster Prevention in Beijing, China. He has more than twenty publications and has been awarded a number of personal, unit, and theater military decorations, including the Presidential Legion of Merit. Dr Rasmussen brings a deep interest in clean and sustainable solutions for common needs to his role with Earth Economics.
Donna J. Nickerson
is a specialist in coastal and marine resources management. She has a BS degree from The Evergreen State College and a Master of Marine Affairs degree from the University of Washington. Her MMA thesis applied ecological economics to value the trade-offs of mangrove area development, using empirical data from the Philippines. The later publication expanded on the distributional effects and viewed the findings through indices of equity. Donna’s 20 years of experience in policy and coastal management includes US Peace Corps, United Nations Development Program (Kenya), National Marine Fisheries Service, US Environmental Protection Agency, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (South and South East Asia), and consulting with the University of Rhode Island. At EPA she initiated several projects, from an inspection optimization model that prioritized air quality inspections based on human health benefits, to economic valuation of coastal resources in the National Estuary Program. While a UN field staff, she co-designed and advised the successful implementation of ecosystem management projects, including: Integrated Reef Resources Management in the Maldives; Community-based Management for Sustainable Fisheries in Phang-Nga Bay, Thailand and a Special Area Management approach for the Pulau Payar Marine Park, in Malaysia. Her latest ‘project’ is at home, where she and husband restored their Puget Sound shoreline using large woody debris anchored by field stones. Their project is one of the case studies being used by WA Dept. of Fish & Wildlife to develop the Marine Shoreline Design Guidance on alternatives to hard armoring. Donna has recently begun service as a Planning Commissioner for Thurston County.
holds a Ph.D. in theoretical Ecology and had a long parallel career as a scientific software designer and engineer. After working in many fields of Ecology, from theoretical Island Biogeography to spatially-explicit Decision Analysis, he joined the Gund Institute for Ecological Economics at the University of Vermont. He has since expanded the focus of his research to the interface of policy, ecology and economics, concentrating on artificial intelligence approaches to assist environmental decision making and natural system assessment and valuation. Dr. Villa currently leads the ARIES project (Artificial Intelligence for Ecosystem Services), which is producing a next-generation web application meant to make environmental decisions easier and more effective. Along with ARIES, Dr. Villa collaborates with many other projects including the Long Term Ecosystem Research project and the SEAMLESS (System for Environmental and Agricultural Modelling; Linking European Science and Society project), financed by the EU. His research on high-performance computer simulation and mathematical modeling applied to community and ecosystem ecology earned him collaborations with UNESCO, the European Union, the Italian Ministry of the Environment and several international organizations such as the South Pacific Applied Geoscience Commission (SOPAC) in Fiji. He has collaborated with international institutions and governments on environmental assessment methods, and continues to do research in basic ecology, protected areas planning, and related fields. He is the author or coauthor of 110+ scientific publications and a number of major open source software packages.
Herman E. Daly
is Emeritus Professor at the University of Maryland, School of Public Policy. From 1988 to 1994 he was Senior Economist in the Environment Department of the World Bank. Prior to 1988 he was Alumni Professor of Economics at Louisiana State University, where he taught economics for twenty years. He holds a B.A. from Rice University and a Ph.D. from Vanderbilt University. He has served as Ford Foundation Visiting Professor at the University of Ceará (Brazil), as a Research Associate at Yale University, as a Visiting Fellow at the Australian National University, and as a Senior Fulbright Lecturer in Brazil. He has served on the boards of directors of numerous environmental organizations, and was co-founder and associate editor of the journal Ecological Economics. His interest in economic development, population, resources, and environment has resulted in over a hundred articles in professional journals and anthologies, as well as numerous books, including Toward a Steady-State Economy (1973); Steady-State Economics (1977; 1991); Valuing the Earth (1993); Beyond Growth (1996) ; Ecological Economics and the Ecology of Economics (1999) ; Ecological Economics: Theory and Applications (with J. Farley, 2003) ; and Ecological Economics and Sustainable Development (2007). He is co-author with theologian John B. Cobb, Jr. of For the Common Good (1989;1994) which received the 1991 Grawemeyer Award for Ideas for Improving World Order.
John de Graaf
, co-author of WHAT'S THE ECONOMY FOR, ANYWAY?, is the national coordinator of TAKE BACK YOUR TIME, an organization challenging time poverty and overwork in the U.S. and Canada (see www.timeday.org
) and a frequent speaker on issues of overwork and over-consumption in America. He is often a guest lecturer on college campuses. John is the co-author of the best-selling AFFLUENZA: THE ALL-CONSUMING EPIDEMIC
(Berrett-Koehler, 2001/2005—now published in eight other languages as well.). He is the editor of TAKE BACK YOUR TIME (Berrett-Koehler, 2003) and of the children’s book, DAVID BROWER: FRIEND OF THE EARTH (Henry Holt, 1992). He also wrote the first chapter (“Childhood Affluenza”) of the American Academy of Pediatrics’ seminal book on childhood, ABOUT CHILDREN (2004). His articles have been published in dozens of magazines. John has worked with KCTS-TV, the Seattle PBS affiliate, for 24 years, as an independent producer of television documentaries. More than 15 of his programs have been broadcast in Prime Time nationally on PBS. He is also the recipient of more than 100 regional, national and international awards for film-making, including three Emmy awards. Prior to his work in TV, John was Public Affairs Director for KUMD Radio in Duluth, Minnesota. He has taught documentary film production at The University of Washington and The Evergreen State College. He has also taught on Time, Consumerism and Sustainability issues at Evergreen. John lives in Seattle, Washington.
is a Mendenhall Postdoctoral Fellow and research economist working with the U.S. Geological Survey’s Rocky Mountain Geographic Science Center in Denver. For this work, he uses GIS and modeling to map and value ecosystem service flows at several sites in the Western United States. He has previously worked with the Bureau of Land Management on testing alternative ecosystem services tools, including the ARIES and InVEST models, for their value in decision-making for public land management. He has also led development of ecosystem services models for the NSF-funded Artificial Intelligence for Ecosystem Services (ARIES) project, which is building a series of web-accessible tools to map, assess, and value ecosystem services for environmental decision-making. Ken received a B.A. in botany and environmental studies from Ohio Wesleyan University in 1999, and his M.S. from Arizona State University in 2002. Ken has also assisted in ecosystem service valuation studies for Louisiana, Washington State, and Ontario, advised researchers working on GPI studies for Michigan and Utah, and explored markets and ecosystem service-based funding mechanisms for ecological restoration.
directs the Ocean and Coastal Policy Program at Duke University's Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions. Pendleton’s work focuses on policies that affect human uses and enjoyment of ocean and coastal resources – both living and non-living. He is the Director of the Marine Ecosystem Services Partnership, author of many scholarly articles, and coordinates the Marine Secretariat of the international Ecosystem Services Partnership. Pendleton’s current projects include work with the United Nations Environment Program’s Green Economy Project, UNEP GRID Arendal’s High Level Steering Committee on Deep Sea Mineral Resources in the Pacific, and Blue Carbon Economics.
is currently Professor and Director of the Institute for Sustainable Solutions (ISS) at Portland State University. He is the Founding Director of the Gund Institute and the former Gund Professor of Ecological Economics at the University of Vermont. Prior to moving to Vermont in August 2002, he was director of the University of Maryland Institute for Ecological Economics, and a professor in the Center for Environmental Science, at Solomons, and in the Biology Department at College Park. Dr. Costanza received his Ph.D. from the University of Florida in 1979 in systems ecology, with a minor in economics. He also has a Master's degree in Architecture and Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Florida. Dr. Costanza is co-founder and past-president of the International Society for Ecological Economics (ISEE) and was chief editor of the Society's journal: Ecological Economics from its inception until 9/02. He currently serves on the editorial board of eight other international academic journals. He is past president of the International Society for Ecosystem Health. Dr. Costanza's research has focused on the interface between ecological and economic systems, particularly at larger temporal and spatial scales. This includes landscape level spatial simulation modeling; analysis of energy and material flows through economic and ecological systems; valuation of ecosystem services, biodiversity, and natural capital; and analysis of dysfunctional incentive systems and ways to correct them. He is the author or co-author of over 300 scientific papers. His work has been cited in more than 3,000 scientific articles since 1987.
received his doctorate degree in 1994 as an ecosystem ecologist at the Department of Oceanography and Coastal Systems at Louisiana State University and led to the development of the Surface Elevation Table. Dr. Boumans is a pioneer in developing the concepts behind Dynamic GIS systems modeling and has published several peer reviewed papers on the subject. Dr. Boumans joined the Institute of Ecological Economics as an Associate Research Scientist in 1996, and moved with the ISEE to Vermont to work at the GUND institute for ecological economics. At present, Dr. Boumans is the director for Afordablefutures a leader in the design and application of ecosystem based mangement tools to include the Multiscale Integrated Model of Ecosystem Services (MIMES). Dr Boumans and his wife Catharina Sikkes live in Vermont, where they manage Windycorners, a homestead on 14 beautiful acres in the Champlain Valley in Vermont.
, Attorney at Law and Owner of Seattle’s Garvey Schubert Barer, brings a combination of business savvy, technology domain expertise, creative thinking and more than 15 years of experience in the technology sector to Earth Economics. Recognized by his peers and clients as an AV Peer Review Rated lawyer by Martindale-Hubbell, as a "Super Lawyer" by Washington Law & Politics
magazine and one of "Washington's Most Amazing Lawyers" by Washington CEO
Magazine, Mr. Warner provides business guidance to Earth Economics. A frequent speaker and lecturer on intellectual property, high technology, technology transfer, and arts and entertainment law issues, Mr. Warner currently serves on the advisory board for LOGIN Conference and is involved with organizations that promote the growth of technology and the arts, including the Washington Technology Industry Association, International Technology Law Association, Copyright Society, Licensing Executive Society, International Trademark Association (INTA), Northwest Entrepreneur Network (NWEN), CleanTech Alliance, 911 Media Arts and Washington Lawyers for the Arts.
Theddi Wright Chappell
, in collaboration with the Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance (NEEA) and Cushman & Wakefield’s Research Group, developed the Green Building Opportunity Index, the first office market assessment tool to provide weighted comparisons of top U.S. office markets on the basis of both real estate fundamentals and green development considerations. She is a national speaker and educator on the implications of green strategies on asset value and serves as the Ambassador of Sustainable Initiatives for the Appraisal Institute. She is a Director of the Green Building Finance Consortium and was an organizer of and presenter at the international Vancouver Valuation Summits I and II in Vancouver, BC. Prior to joining C&W, she served as the CEO of Sustainable Values, Inc. in Portland, Oregon, where she specialized in market, feasibility and investment analysis, particularly related to valuation and financing of new, existing, and urban redevelopment projects, and the identification and quantification of the benefits of sustainable development.
is the Director of Business & Operational Support for Metropolitan Parks Tacoma, Park District. He received his M.B.A. in Marketing and an M.S.E in Computer Information Sciences from the University of Pennsylvania and BS in Mathematics from Morgan State College. In his current role he is responsible for oversight of operational support divisions including District Marketing, Communications & Public Relations, Community Development, Governmental Relations, Capital and Strategic Planning, Budget and Finance, Human Resources, Information Technology, and Resource/Fund Development. Formally with Tacoma Community College, Wayne served as Associate Vice President of Enterprise & Workforce Development responsible for administrative oversight and leadership responsibility for workforce development including Para-education, Continuing Education, Workforce Education, off-site campuses and programs, corporate/customized training, and the academic (degree) business division. Wayne serves as a state and national leader through his work with as President and NW Regional Director of the National Council for Continuing Education and Training (NCCET), Washington State Commissioner on African American Affairs (Appointed by the Governor- 2 terms), member of the Washington State Continuing Education Council and COBASE (National Consortium of Community-based Colleges).