Ecosystem Services and Federal Decision Making

Full Title

Developing interdisciplinary best practices and standards for the use of ecosystem services methods in federal agency decision making


The primary outcome and product from this SESYNC project would be practical best practices and principles for the use of ecosystem services methods by U.S. federal agencies in relevant decision contexts, such as procurement, performance metrics, and benefit-cost analysis. These best practices would be designed to support and provide a resource for the Executive Office of the President (EOP) and agencies as they begin building their guidances on implementation. In order to ensure the best practices document produced at the SESYNC workshop provides what is needed, experts from the government will be invited to provide input and feedback on initial drafts and ideas put forth by the acknowledged experts leading the workshop.

Project Type
Team Synthesis Project
Principal Investigators
Lydia Olander, Duke University
Robert Johnston, Clark University
Greg Arthaud, U.S. Forest Service
Bruce Carlson, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Todd Doley, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Erica Goldman, Council on Environmental Quality
Peter Grigelis, U.S. Department of the Interior
Jimmy Kagan, Oregon State University
Stuart Levenbach, Office of Management and Budget
Lori Lynch, U.S. Department of Agriculture
Lynn Maguire, Duke University
Stephen Polasky, University of Minnesota
Bruce Rodan, Office of Science and Technology Policy
Tracy Rouleau, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Pervaze Sheikh, Congressional Research Service
David Simpson, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Melanie Stansbury, Office of Management and Budget
Heather Tallis, The Nature Conservancy
Maria Wegner-Johnson, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers