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Prof. Juliet Schor Honored for Her Research in Ecological Economics

CHESTNUT HILL, MA (July 2011) -- Boston College Professor of Sociology and best-selling author Juliet Schor has been selected as the winner of the 2011 Herman Daly Award from the U.S. Society for Ecological Economics, in recognition of her research on work, leisure, and consumption. 

The Herman Daly Award recognizes individuals who have connected ecological economic principles to practical applications and implementation of solutions that are sustainable in scale, equitable in distribution and efficient in allocation. The award's namesake is an award-winning professor and one of the founders of the field of ecological economics.

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Juliet B. Schor (Photo by Gary Wayne Gilbert)

According to the USSEE, Schor's research complements the tenets of ecological economics and inspires its practitioners by challenging long-held assumptions and raising thought-provoking questions that are consistent with the aims of ecological economists.

[Read her essay on how reducing working hours can benefit the economy and the environment, which kicked off a 'Living Sustainably' series in the UK newspaper The Guardian, here.]

"My research has focused on the urgent need to change the way we work and spend in order to reverse the tremendous damage we're doing as we de-stabilize the climate and degrade eco-systems. I'm particularly honored to receive this award because Herman Daly, like me, opposed the orthodox economics which itself has become a contributor to our ecological problems," said Schor. "And I'm grateful to Boston College for giving me a supportive home to do this work."

Schor is the author of the books, Plenitude: The New Economics of True Wealth; Born to Buy: The Commercialized Child and the New Consumer Culture; The Overworked American: The Unexpected Decline of Leisure, and The Overspent American: Upscaling, Downshifting and the New Consumer. She is co-editor of the book Sustainable Planet: Solutions for the Twenty-first Century. She is a co-founder and co-chair of the board of the Center for a New American Dream, a non-profit organization created to help Americans reduce and shift their consumption to improve quality of life, protect the environment, and promote social justice.

The award will be presented to Schor at the USSEE conference in Michigan next week.

--Kathleen Sullivan, Office of News & Public Affairs, kathleen.sullivan@bc.edu