Tom Green is a Vancouver-based ecological economist with 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.
Tom greatly enjoys public speaking and is known for his highly engaging style. His public lectures have focusing on new approaches to economic thinking, exploring why a transformation in economics education is needed to address sustainability and arguments for making the transition from an obsession with GDP towards post-growth economies that respect planetary boundaries.
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 owned his own business that analyzed forestry, resource and economic development issues using an ecological economics approach. 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 viableeconomics [at] yahoo [dot] com.