Brian Czech, President
Brian Czech has a Ph.D. in renewable natural resources studies from the University of Arizona with a minor in political science. The founding President of CASSE, Brian is also a Visiting Professor at Virginia Tech, where he teaches ecological economics in the National Capitol Region. A prolific author in a variety of venues, his scientific articles have appeared in dozens of peer-reviewed journals, dealing primarily with ecological and economic sustainability issues. His books include Supply Shock: Economic Growth at the Crossroads, released in May 2013, Shoveling Fuel for a Runaway Train, which calls for an end to uneconomic growth, and The Endangered Species Act: History, Conservation Biology, and Public Policy. Brian is a regular contributor to The Huffington Post and The Daly News, a blog devoted to advancing the steady state economy as a policy goal with widespread public support. Brian is also an Interdisciplinary Biologist in the national office of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, where he received a 2010 Star Award for outstanding performance. He has played a leading role in engaging the environmental sciences and natural resources professions in ecological economics and macroeconomic policy dialog.
Brent Blackwelder is the emeritus president of Friends of the Earth. Brent was a founder and first chairman of the board of American Rivers, our nation’s leading river conservation organization. He was also one of the founders of the Environmental Policy Institute, which merged with Friends of the Earth in 1989. He has testified in front of Congress on pressing environmental issues more than 100 times. As a leader in the effort to save rivers, Brent helped expand the National Wild and Scenic Rivers System from eight rivers in 1973 to over 250 today. He also worked to eliminate over 200 dams and other water projects that would have destroyed rivers, wetlands, wildlife and areas of special scientific value. Brent initiated campaigns to reform the World Bank and succeeded in getting Congress to enact a series of significant reforms directing the Bank and other multilateral lending institutions to pay more attention to the environment. He graduated summa cum laude from Duke University and received an M.A. in mathematics from Yale, and a Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of Maryland.
Herman Daly is an emeritus professor at the University of Maryland’s School of Public Affairs. From 1988 to 1994 he was a senior economist with the World Bank. He holds a B.A. from Rice University and a Ph.D. from Vanderbilt University. He has served on the boards of directors of numerous environmental organizations, and is a cofounder 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); and Ecological Economics and the Ecology of Economics (1999). He is coauthor 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. In 1996 he received Sweden’s Honorary Right Livelihood Award and the Heineken Prize for Environmental Science, awarded by the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences.
Lisi Krall is a professor of economics at the State University of New York, Cortland. Her areas of specialization are labor economics, the political economy of women, environmental and resource economics, and ecological economics. For her doctoral dissertation, she undertook an institutional analysis of the shortage of professional nurses in U.S. hospitals. She has published in the Cambridge Journal of Economics, The Journal of Economic Issues, and Contemporary Sociology. Her present research concentrates on U.S. land policies with an emphasis on the influence of those policies on the settlement and land use of the western United States. Professor Krall received her B.S. in anthropology from the University of Utah and her Ph.D. in economics, also from the University of Utah in 1989.
David Orr is a professor of environmental studies and politics at Oberlin College. He has written five books, published 150 articles, and serves as a contributing editor to Conservation Biology. He is best known for his pioneering work on environmental literacy in higher education and his recent work in ecological design. He is the recipient of a Bioneers Award (2003), a National Conservation Achievement Award by the National Wildlife Federation, and the Lyndhurst Prize. He was named “an Environmental Hero for 2004” by Interiors & Sources Magazine. He holds three honorary doctorates and has been a distinguished scholar in residence at several universities. In a special citation, the Connecticut General Assembly noted Orr’s “vision, dedication, and personal passion” in promoting the principles of sustainability. The Cleveland Plain Dealer described him as “one of those who will shape our lives.”
Peter Victor is an economist who has worked on environmental issues for over 30 years as an academic, consultant and public servant. He was the first economist to apply the physical law of the conservation of matter to the empirical analysis of a national economy and was one of the founders of the emerging discipline of ecological economics. He is currently a professor of environmental studies at York University. Dr. Victor was the founding president of the Canadian Society for Ecological Economics. From 2000 to 2004 he was president of the Royal Canadian Institute for the Advancement of Science (Canada’s oldest science organization), and he was the chair of Environment Canada’s Science and Technology Advisory Board from 2004 to 2006. He also has served on the boards of several prominent environmental organizations and appeared as an expert witness on environmental economics before various commissions and committees.