About EESG

The Energy and Environment Specialty Group of the Association of American Geographers is a forum for promoting communication and interaction among geographers involved in energy and environmental issues, to enhance the contributions of geographers to energy and environmental research, and to assist in developing related educational curricula.

Established in Philadelphia in 1979 by geographers Martin J. Pasqualetti of Arizona State University and Jerome E. Dobson then at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, the EESG consists of over 450 AAG members with interest and expertise in the study and teaching of energy and environmental themes.

Each year the EESG organizes formal paper sessions and panel discussions at the annual meeting of the AAG (est. 1904) on the themes of energy, environment, or their combined study. The EESG sponsors paper competitions for both students and professionals (see Conferences), and facilitates information sharing amongst its members. Membership is welcomed from the full range of perspectives, methods, and research interests represented amongst geographers studying energy systems and their social and environmental dimensions.
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