Emergy Research

    Emergy research is expanding and evolving rapidly. There is wide
    interest in applying these concepts in the analysis of landscapes,
    wetland ecosystems, states, regions, and nations along with systems
    and processes in many fields and on many scales of hierarchical
    organization. Despite this surge of interest in applying these
    methods, basic research on the methods of Emergy
    Analysis/Synthesis and  environmental accounting using emergy
    continues and a rigorous mathematical basis for its concepts has
    been and is being formulated.  H.T.would be excited by this beautiful
    process of self-design, but we are missing the high quality control on
    the evolutionary process that he exerted. Now control will be
    provided by the process of information generation and testing in the
    self-design process.  We believe that together the community of
    emergy scientists holds the experience needed to accomplish this
    task, but the task is still on-going.  This should be no surprise given
    that our teacher was expanding the frontiers of his understanding
    throughout his life. This process can be frustrating for managers and
    scientists that simply want quick answers or a simple tool that they
    can apply with confidence.  To be successful we need to do both of
    these things, i.e., provide simple and straightforward tools, but not be
    afraid to let them grow and develop.

    Go Forth and Self-Organize

    Dave Tilley wrote "One of the surest ways emergy can survive in the
    future is to train new, young researchers continuously so they can be
    the experts on emergy in 20 years. In the short-term, current
    researchers must keep chugging away at improving emergy’s
    transparency, ease-of-use, applicability, and theoretical foundation.
    To meet the coming demand for ‘Low Energy Prosperity’, emergy
    researchers need to be prepared to answer the questions that
    society and governments will be asking more often shortly. Peak oil
    production is upon us. We need to be the intellectual society that
    thinks ahead 10 to 50 to 100 years…very few others are.”

    Tilley also provides a model for our efforts “H.T.’s last words to me in
    August of 2002 were, ‘Go forth and self-organize’.”

    Self-Organization  of the Emergy Society

    The Emergy Society was authorized by H.T. Odum in August 2002 in
    response to a question asked by Dan Campbell. It has been
    structured to closely follow his vision of a society dedicated to the
    theoretical advance and application of the linked concepts of emergy
    and transformity, which arise from the operation of the 4th law of
    thermodynamics, i.e., the maximum empower principle. The idea of a
    society began to develop at the Third Emergy Research Conference
    held in 2004. At this conference a committee was empowered to
    study the feasibility of forming an Emergy Society. This committee
    reported to the delegates assembled for the Fourth Emergy
    Conference, where a general vote authorized the formation of the
    Society by the time of the next meeting to be held in January of 2008.
    During 2007, a group of founding members read and approved by-
    laws for the Society and  an application for incorporation of a
    nonprofit corporation was submitted to the State of Rhode Island.  
    Four trustees signed the application for incorporation and carried out
    all work necessary to obtain provisional tax-exempt status with the U.
    S. Internal Revenue Service. The Emergy Society became
    incorporated in Rhode Island on July 28, 2007 and it received tax-
    exempt status from the Federal government on December 17, 2007.
    The official name of the Emergy Society is the International Society
    for the Advancement of Emergy Research (ISAER), which is a
    variation of the name first suggested by Ben Fusaro.  

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