Present PhD student, University of Vermont (UVM)
Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources
Gund Institute for Ecological Economics
2005 Coursework toward M.A. Stanford University
Graduate School of Education
2003 B.S. Haverford College
Departments of Astronomy and Physics
Captain of lacrosse team
Semester abroad at University of St. Andrews, Scotland
2010-present Sustainability Fellow, Eco-Reps Program Director, UVM Office of Sustainability
2008-present Independent Consultant
2008-present Teacher, UVM
2009-2010 Energy Fellow, UVM Office of Sustainability
Worked with advisor Robert Costanza to investigate sustainability indicators, ecosystem services, and institutional sustainability policy.
2006-2007 Biodiversity Educator, Hudsonia, Ltd.
2003-2004 Assistant Math Instructor, City College of San Francisco
Assisted with teaching three intro college physics courses and led public sessions at Strawbridge Observatory.
2012-present Reviewer for grant proposal to Swiss National Science Foundation and academic journal articles to Conservation Biology and British Journal of Economics, Management & Trade
2011-present Maryland Genuine Progress Indicator (GPI) working group and U.S. States GPI technical group
Blue Bungalow School, Burlington, VT
2005-2007 Education Chair, Marbletown Environmental Conservation Commission, NY
Hudson Valley Green Building & Renewables, Kingston, NY
2004-2005 Co-Director, Roosevelt Institute Environment & Energy Committee, Stanford, CA
2004-2005 Lacrosse Coach, Berkeley High School, Berkeley, CA
2013 Gund Institute for Ecological Economics and WWF research assistant
2012 Enrichment funds for research costs, travel, and conference registration
2010 Global Sustainability Summer School Fellowship
2010 University wide energy display system
2002 Summer "Research Experience for Undergraduates" Fellowship
2013 Ecosystem Services in Decision Making: InVEST and the Natural Capital Approach (20 hr) in VT with The Natural Capital Project
2012 Science Communication (16 hr) in Stanford, CA with COMPASS
2011 Community Based Social Marketing (16 hr) in Toronto, Canada with McKenzie-Mohr & Associates
2010 Measuring and Mapping Ecosystem Services with ARIES (40 hr) in VT with the ARIES consortium (Artificial Intelligence for Ecosystem Services)
2006 Stream and Water Quality Biomonitoring (25 hr) in NY with Hudson Basin River Watch
2006 Land Use
Leadership Alliance Training (10 hr, audited) in NY with Pace University Land Use Law Center
2006 Wetland Rules and Regulations (8 hr) in NY with Rosendale Environmental Conservation Commission
2005 Biodiversity Assessment Training (100 hr) in NY with Hudsonia, Ltd. Remote sensing, habitat identification, landscape analysis, GIS training
Computer Technologies in the Curriculum (20 hr) in CA with UC Berkeley
In Progress Posner, S. et al. "Enabling conditions for ecosystem service knowledge to be used and useful: Lessons from applying InVEST."
In Progress Posner, S. et al. "Evaluating the impact of an ecosystem service project and detecting social change in decision-makers."
In Press McKenzie, E., Posner, S., Tillman, P., Bernhardt, J., Howard, K., Rosenthal, A. "The use of ecosystem service knowledge in decision-making - how, when, why, and by whom? Lessons from three international cases of spatial planning." Environment and Planning C.
2013 Farley, J., Burke, M., Flomenhoft, G., Kelly, B., Murray, D., Posner, S.,
Putnam, M., Scanlan, A., Witham, A. "Monetary and Fiscal Policies for a
Finite Planet." Sustainability, 5(6): 2802-2826. Link to paper
2013 Posner, S. and Stuart, R. "Understanding and advancing campus sustainability using a systems framework." International Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education, 14(3): 264-277. Link to paper
2012 MacGuire, S., Posner, S., Haake, H. “Measuring Prosperity: Maryland's Genuine Progress Indicator.” The Solutions Journal, 3(2): 50-58. Link to paper
2012 Daly, L. and Posner, S. "Beyond GDP: New Measures for a New Economy." Demos: New York, NY. Link to paper
S. and Costanza, R. “A summary of ISEW and GPI studies at multiple scales and new
estimates for Baltimore City, Baltimore County, and the State of Maryland.” Ecological Economics, 70(11): 1972-1980. Link to paper
S., Stuart, R., Thompson, G. “A Conceptual Model for Laboratory Greenhouse Gas
Planning.” Journal of Chemical Health and Safety, 18(5): 34-42. Link to paper
2009 Posner, S. “Estimating the Genuine Progress Indicator for Baltimore, MD.” M.S. thesis in Natural Resources, defended November 11, 2009. University of Vermont. Link to thesis
2009 Costanza, C., Hart, M., Posner, S., Talberth, J. “Beyond GDP: The Need for New Measures of Progress.” Pardee Paper No. 4, Boston: Pardee Center for the Study of the Longer-Range Future. Link to paper
2003 Posner, S. “Galaxy Luminosity Function for Rich Cluster A1413.” Keck Northeast Astronomy Consortium Research Journal, May.
2010 Posner, S. “Letter: Rise and Fall of GDP.” NY Times Magazine, May 30.
2010 Posner, S., Bagstad, K. “RSENR and Gund Institute Leadership Attend National Conference on the New Green Economy.” Rubenstein School of Environment and Resources Newsletter, February.
2010 Posner, S. “Modern Society Caught Cheating.” The Burlington Free Press, January 7.
2008 Posner, S. “Rethinking Growth and Development.” Rubenstein School of Environment and Resources Newsletter, May.
2007 Posner, S. “Students Tackle Green School Design.” The Ulster County Press, April 25.2007 Posner, S. “Open Space vs. Development?” The Ulster County Press, February 16.
2012 Posner, S. & M. Ceroni. “Potential economic impact of outdoor recreation in the Barre Town Forest, Vermont.” Prepared for Trust for Public Land.
2011 Posner, S. “Potential economic value provided by recreation, natural habitats, and education programs at a quarry site.” Prepared for a private company.
2010 Posner, S. “Quantitative and qualitative models of pollination as an ecosystem service.” Prepared for a private company.
2007 Heady, L., Stevens, G., Posner, S. “Guidebook for Biodiversity Assessment, 2nd Edition.” Prepared for biodiversity education programs of Hudsonia, Ltd.
J., Greenfield, S., Posner, S., Schackne, P. “Biodiversity Assessment for 7,500
Acres in Ulster County, NY.” Prepared for the Town of
Marbletown under a Hudson River Estuary Program grant from NYS Department of Environmental
2003 Posner, S. “Technical User Manual for FOCAS (Faint Object Classification and Analysis System).” Prepared for Haverford College Astronomy Department.Selected presentations and lectures
2013 "Encouraging and Modeling Policies and Practices for a Sustainable World." US Society for Ecological Economics conference, UVM, VT. June 10.
2013 "Ecological Economics and the Vermont GPI." Vermont Leadership Institute, Grafton, VT. March 15.
2012 "Economic Science-Policy Interface: what makes ecosystem service science used and useful." Strategies for a New Economy conference, Bard College, NY. June 10.
2011 "Understanding, teaching, and advancing campus sustainability from a systems perspective." Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education national conference, Pittsburgh, PA. October 10.
2011 "Energy in National Economic and Environmental Accounts." International Green Energy Economy conference, Washington, DC. July 28.
2011 "Understanding, teaching, and influencing campus sustainability from a systems perspective." Association of Environmental Studies & Sciences conference, Burlington, VT. June 24.
2010 “Measuring progress: indicators of ecological, economic, social well-being.” Panel presentation at Gross National Happiness 2010: Changing what we Measure from Wealth to Well-Being, Burlington, VT. June 2.
2010 “Measuring sustainability in ecological economic systems.” Invited lecture for Green MBA Program at Antioch University of New England, Keene, NH. April 9.
2010 “Strategies for balancing lab performance across four capitals: an ecological economics perspective.” Panel presentation at the 239th American Chemical Society National Meeting, Symposium on ‘Laboratory design and operation for a sustainable planet: Building gates and removing fences,’ San Francisco, CA. March 15.
2009 “Balancing safety and sustainability in lab buildings.” Northern New England Chapter Eastern Region, Association of Higher Education Facilities Officers, Burlington, VT. March 11.
2009 “Technical, institutional, & cultural barriers to climate neutrality at UVM.” UVM Environmental Forum, Burlington, VT. October 21.
2008 “Measures of progress in ecological economic systems.” Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources Graduate Research Symposium, Burlington, VT. October 9.
2008 “Accounting for climate change: Businesses don’t manage what they don’t count.” Panel presentation for UVM Research Symposium on Ecological Economics and Climate Change, Burlington, VT. January 29.
2007 “A school district re-design.” Rondout Valley School District Board of Education and Community Meeting, Accord, NY. April 11.
2007 “Conserving biodiversity through outreach and education for community decision-makers.” Hudson River Environmental Society Conference, Hudson, NY. February 23.
2006 “Libraries and communities: Buildings and spheres of influence.” Mid-Hudson Library System Green Libraries Conference, Poughkeepsie, NY. September 13.
2006 “Green building & renewable energy in the Rondout Valley.” Rondout Valley High School Professional Opportunities Week, Accord, NY. March 25.
2003 “Galaxy luminosity function for the rich cluster A1413.” Poster at the Keck Northeast Astronomy Consortium Research Symposium, Haverford, PA. November 9.