Who We Are

Dr. Roelof Boumans - Director

Dr. Boumans, ecological economist, is the sole proprietor of Accounting FOR Desirable Futures  LLC (AFORDable Futures). 

He, together with his wife Catharina Sikkes, operates Windy Corners, a homestead farm in Charlotte, Vermont.  Until 2009, he served as an associate research professor in the Rubenstein School, and fellow at the GUND Institute for Ecological Economics, both at the University of Vermont. After he left UVM he became associated with the EPA as a Special Government Employee (SGE) hired specifically to advance their agenda for innovative, integrated multi-disciplinary research. He also serves as Senior Scientist for Earth Economics, a non-profit in Tacoma, Washington. With Earth Economics and the Tulalip tribe he worked on simulation models to explore the consequences of land management decisions to tribal values. At Boston University he is a fellow at the Pardee Institute for the Study of Long Term Futures. Dr. Boumans is also involved with the Henri Tudor Institute in Luxembourg, for exploration of applying Life Cycle Analyses (LCA) within Ecosystem Based Management (EBM).

Since 1996 Dr. Boumans has focused his work on the interface between human and natural systems. At UVM he had the opportunity to design the Multi-scale Integrated Model of Ecosystem Services (MIMES), a suite of models to integrate four aspects of capital; natural, human, built, and social.  All relevant in accounting for affordable futures: Futures in which cultural knowledge, capital investment and social arrangements sustain the equitable use of the life support services that ecosystems provide. Through MIMES projects, he is simulating the tradeoffs in the simultaneous production of and demands for ecosystem goods and services. MIMES couples dynamic changes in ecosystem and market economics simultaneously across spatial and temporal scales.

Dr. Boumans has demonstrated and implement MIMES at multiple EPA labs. This work resulted in applications of MIMES for the Albemarle Pamlico Watershed, and the HYGEIA model. HYGEA is a decision support platform that considers direct and indirect climate change effects on human health. At Boston University the emphasis has been on coastal management and the interdependence of economic and ecosystem health. In Luxemburg the integration of Life Cycle Analysis and MIMES is being accomplished. In New Zealand the modeling has been based on an inland watershed challenge. The diversity of these projects is a reflection of Dr. Boumans interdisciplinary approach and the flexibility he built into the MIMES architecture.

        Amos Baehr - editor and administrative assistant
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Amos has a background in ecology and environmental activism going back to the Clean Water Act of 1972. Most recently he updated his skills with studies in Community Development and Applied Economics (CDAE) at the University of Vermont and with graduate studies in Ecological Economics at the Gund Institute. His functional contribution to Afordable Futures is grounded in communication skills. As an educator of students of every age group from 8 months to 30+ years. (preschool - graduate school) he has honed speaking, writing and presentation skills. He helps technical staff and collaborators present material in ways that facilitate the building of understanding between a wide range of stake holders and end users. He is restricted to English in this often multinational endeavor.

This website is primarily his responsibility at this point and all feedback is encouraged. The contact information in the side bar all leads back to Amos.