Regional Society: USSEE
Country: United States
Rigo Melgar is a Ph.D. Candidate (ABD) in Ecological Economics at the University of Vermont (UVM), and a fellow at both the Gund Institute for Environment and the Leadership for the Ecozoic project. He holds a dual master’s in environmental science (area of focus in biophysical and ecological economics) and public affairs from the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry (SUNY-ESF) and Syracuse University (SU) Maxwell School of Public Affairs (ranked #1 in the US).
For the past decade, Rigo has also been involved in environmental activism. He is most proud of having helped to divest the endowments of SUNY-ESF, SU, and UVM during his time at each academic institution because as Bill McKibben stated in 2012 “it doesn’t make sense for universities to invest in a system that will leave their students no livable planet to use their degrees on”.
The passing of Herman Daly inspired me to offer my energy and enthusiasm as an ISEE Board because like him I see a lot of potential in the story that ecological economics offers to transform our economies with its biophysically and socially grounded paradigm shift vision. I’m excited to be part of a growing rethinking economics movement of hybrid activist, scholars, and practitioners who are building on those who came before us to lead the way to rethink economics for people and the planet and I think that our ideas and voice can benefit the Board of the ISEE.
As the founder of the Ecological Economics for All initiative, I believe we must channel the determination and courage of the likes of Daly by providing a transformative vision to rethink economics education with open access to educational/information resources to anyone who is working to create a new economic story.