Tom Green is a Vancouver-based sustainability expert with a track record of contributing solutions to resource management issues and sustainability challenges. He offers advanced knowledge in factoring ecological constraints into socio-economic analysis so as to identify pathways to lasting prosperity and human wellbeing and to make the business case for investments in sustainability.
An experienced researcher, policy analyst and sustainability advocate, Tom offers is adept at synthesizing complex issues to produce technical reports, briefing documents, academic publications and engaging presentations. A proficient facilitator, negotiator and strategist seasoned in driving ambitious change agendas and supporting evolution in institutional and public understandings of wellbeing in contentious multi-stakeholder environments. He applies an ecological economics perspective to environmental and resource management issues, shedding new light on complex issues.
Tom has a PhD from the University of British Columbia. He is currently Associate Faculty with the School of Environment & Sustainability at Royal Roads University. From January to April 2015, he taught as visiting faculty teaching sustainable energy futures in the immersive Semester in Dialogue program of Simon Fraser University’s Centre for Dialogue. From 2013-2014 he was postdoctoral researcher at the Stockholm Resilience Centre; this centre is focused on improving the resilience of social-ecological systems. Tom was also visiting faculty at Quest University Canada where he developed and taught courses in ecological economics, political economy and global perspectives.
From 2003-2007, Tom worked as Director of Socio-economics for a coalition of environmental groups to help secure both human wellbeing and ecosystem integrity in British Columbia’s Great Bear Rainforest. He was also appointed to a management committee to oversee the Coast Information Team, an independent science team mandated to develop the best available scientific, traditional, and local knowledge, information and analyses in support of ecosystem-based management in the Great Bear Rainforest.
From 1996-2003 Tom’s consulting practise provided analysis and policy insights on forestry, resource and economic development issues from a sustainability perspective. He also played a key role in developing standards for sustainable forestry for BC as an appointee to the Standards Team for the Forest Stewardship Council, BC Regional Initiative. From 1991-1994 he was the Environmental Advisor and Assistant to the Chief Negotiator for Innu Nation in Labrador.
Tom was a founding member of the Canadian Society for Ecological Economics and has participated in the activities of both the European Society for Ecological Economics and the International Society of Ecological Economics.
You can reach Tom at tom [at] viableeconomics [dot] com.