3rd Annual Vermont Youth Climate Summit

[From WAMC Northeast Public Radio] The University of Vermont brought high school students from across Vermont and northern New York to its campus today for its third annual youth climate summit. More than 130 students from 16 high schools participated in the climate summit, set against a backdrop of probable changes in federal environmental policyContinue reading“3rd Annual Vermont Youth Climate Summit”

Vermont Governor Signs Order Giving Preference to Climate Aware Businesses

[Excerpt from WAMC Northeast Public Radio] UVM Professor of Ecological Economics Jon Erickson says state government policies such as the governor’s executive order often drive business practices. “Government as a purchaser can really be the first big change in a marketplace and then everyone else jumps on board. When government said you know what we’reContinue reading“Vermont Governor Signs Order Giving Preference to Climate Aware Businesses”

Unity over Discipline

我很荣幸本周全体讲师the Innovations in Collaborative Modeling conference at Michigan State University. The title of my talk was “Unity over Discipline: Tales from the Borderlands of Two Cultures,” making the case that C.P. Snow’s infamous lecture “The Two Cultures and the Scientific Revolution” is as relevantContinue reading“Unity over Discipline”

Op Ed: Divestment makes economic sense

[Cross-posted from Erickson, Jon D., “Opinion: Divestment Makes Economics Sense,” Burlington Free Press, May 1, 2016.] Gov. Peter Shumlin and a majority in Vermont’s House and Senate have called for divestment of state pension funds from coal and ExxonMobil. The environment and economy are so often seen in conflict, that it may be shocking forContinue reading“Op Ed: Divestment makes economic sense”

Green’s Give Mixed Reviews on VT’s E-cars

[Excerpt from Burlington Free Press] Consider the fossil-fuel impacts of our broader automotive lifestyle, and you’ll find that electric cars fall short of the ideal, suggests Jon Erickson, a professor of ecological economics at University of Vermont. Costs to society (and the planet) of metal extraction, manufacturing and road maintenance don’t appear in brochures forContinue reading“Green’s Give Mixed Reviews on VT’s E-cars”

Vermont Education Goes Global at Paris Climate Talks

(来自佛蒙特州公共电台)以上的领导人n 150 countries prepare to meet in Paris with an eye toward forming a landmark climate agreement, some students at both Vermont Law School and the University of Vermont are preparing to make contributions of their own to the international effort to address climate change. UVM sophomoreContinue reading“Vermont Education Goes Global at Paris Climate Talks”

Could a Carbon Tax Work for Vermont?

[From Vermont Public Radio] At the moment there are a few proposals in the Vermont Legislature that would tax carbon. Dr. Jon Erickson, a professor at the University of Vermont’s Gund Institute for Ecological Economics, says they work by encouraging certain types of consumption, and discouraging others. “The idea would be to place a taxContinue reading“Could a Carbon Tax Work for Vermont?”

UVM Honorary Degree to Crea Lintilhac

Each year the University of Vermont recognizes outstanding individuals with honorary degrees at the main commencement ceremony. Criteria for selection is sustained & dedicated commitment to public life & service, significant contributions to the advancement of knowledge, OR significant contribution to the University’s ability to achieve its mission. The Rubenstein School was honored this morningContinue reading“UVM Honorary Degree to Crea Lintilhac”