AERE was founded in 1979 as a means for exchanging ideas, stimulating research, and promoting graduate training in environmental and resource economics. AERE currently has over 1,000 members from more than thirty nations, coming from academic institutions, the public sector, and private industry.
AERE provides many forums for exchanging ideas relevant to the management of natural and environmental resources.
AERE oversees two flagship journals, the Journal of the Association of Environmental and Resource Economists (JAERE) and the Review of Environmental Economics and Policy (REEP). AERE also publishes the bi-annual AERE Newsletter for members.
AERE also offers members a variety of opportunities to present their research at meetings and workshops. AERE hosts the AERE Summer Conference, which takes place each June in venues across the U.S., and co-sponsors the World Congress of Environmental and Resource Economists, which is held every four years. In addition, AERE sponsors sessions at the annual meetings of the following organizations:
AERE maintains affiliations with the American Economic Association (AEA), the Agricultural & Applied Economics Association (AAEA), and the European Association of Environmental and Resource Economists (EAERE).