8th Biennial Emergy Research Conference


Prosperous Way Down Pre-conference

Wednesday January 15th, 2014, from 1 – 5 pm

Held at the H.T. Odum Center for Wetlands

University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida

This pre-conference is loosely organized by Doctor Tom Abel and is free for 8th Biennial Emergy Research Conference attendees. Proposed topics below, other topics to be determined via self-organization of the discussion.

  • Presentation of systems diagrams to illustrate issues
  • Reports on descent-related conferences attended
  • Reports on ongoing initiatives on a prosperous way down (PWD)
  • Reports on strategies for teaching and communicating about PWD
  • Report community organization and action about PWD
  • Reporting research on PWD

Preliminary schedule for the 8th Biennial Emergy Conference is posted as a PDF here. It is not too late to escape the polar vortex and come to Florida to warm your toes and learn something new about environmental accounting and energy descent! Registration available here.


  • Wish this were a lot closer! Perhaps such an event could be held in the Pacific Northwest someday?

    • Happy New Year, Jan! There are rumors of a 2015 international conference around the pacific rim somewhere, but I don’t think that means Canada.

      • Well, no better way to make something “international” than by having it in a different country! 🙂

        I could probably make it to Seattle.

        @tom, what is this “vortex” of which you speak? It’s almost 50°F here today in southwest BC. You don’t have to go someplace that will soon be either underwater or desert to get away from the “vortex!” (gloat, gloat!)

  • tom

    Flee the vortex! Good idea!