Bylaws of the Urban Ecosystem Ecology Section of the Ecological Society of America.

Article 1. NAME. The official name of this section shall be the "URBAN ECOSYSTEM ECOLOGY."

Article 2. PURPOSE. The objectives of this Section shall be to promote an understanding of the importance of urban ecosystems among ecologists, and members of related disciplines, to encourage education and research in urban ecosystem ecology, to sponsor meetings and publications for the communication of research and educational activities in urban ecosystem ecology, and to increase student participation in the Society. The Urban Ecosystem Ecology Section shall be a sub-division of the Ecological Society of America and shall be governed in all of its operations by the Constitution and By-Laws of that Society. Renewal of this purpose shall be conducted by a vote of the members of the Section every five years.

Article 3. MEMBERSHIP. Any member of the Ecological Society of America can become a member of the Urban Ecosystem Section upon payment of the designated dues. Members of the chapter shall remain in good standing until they request to terminate their affiliation or until they terminate their membership (i.e., dues lapse) in the Ecological Society of America or the The Urban Ecosystem Ecology Section.

Article 4. OFFICERS AND ELECTIONS. The officers of the section shall be a Chairperson, Vice-Chairperson and Secretary. Most sections have a webmaster, appointed by the Chairperson. Any member in good standing shall be eligible for nomination as an officer. The Chairperson will appoint a three-member nominating committee to select candidates for office. Nominees shall be elected by a majority vote of the members at the annual business meeting. If members are not able to attend the business meeting, mail-in ballots will be available on-request.

Article 5. DUTIES OF THE CHAIRPERSON. The Chairperson will preside at the business meeting of the Section, shall authorize expenditures of Section funds, and shall promote, in every reasonable way, the interests of the Section. The Chairperson shall serve for a term of two years and shall be eligible for re-election. The Chairperson shall represent the Section to the Council of the Society and shall appoint committees as required to promote the interests of the Section. Such committees shall serve until the next annual meeting of the Section and may be re-appointed at the discretion of the Chairperson. The Chairperson shall appoint a Webmaster. The Chairperson will provide an annual update of Section activities and expenses to members through a newsletter which may be published separately or in the Bulletin of the Ecological Society of America.

Article 6. DUTIES OF THE VICE-CHAIRPERSON. The Vice-Chairperson shall arrange the scientific program, including the field excursions, for all meetings of the Section and shall assume the duties of the Chairperson whenever that person is unable to act. The Vice-Chairperson shall serve for a term of two years and shall be eligible for re-election.

Article 7. DUTIES OF THE SECRETARY. The Secretary shall keep the records of the Section, including a current membership and mailing list. The Secretary shall edit a newsletter for communication of Section activities. The Secretary shall serve for a term of two years and shall be eligible for re-election.

Article 8 DUTIES OF THE WEBMASTER. The Webmaster shall promote the section's interests through maintaining and updating the Section's web page, including notices of meetings, minutes of past meetings, the purpose of the section, five year goals and other topics that arise. The Webmaster is appointed by the Chairperson.

Article 9. EXPENSES. Necessary expenses of the Section shall be paid from the treasury of the Section, but in no year shall the total expenses of the Section exceed the amount allotted for this purpose in the annual budget of the Society, plus the amount, if any, collected as dues by the Society on behalf of the Section. No officer or member of the Section shall have authority to incur expenses in the name of the Society, except as specified above.

Article 10. EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE. A Section Executive Committee, consisting of officers of the Section, may act on behalf of the Section during intervals between annual meetings.

Article 11. MEETINGS. The Section shall either meet with the Society at their annual meeting or may organize Section meetings at other times and places at the call of the Executive Committee or when requested by ten members of the Section. Meetings held independently will be summarized within the Bulletin of the Ecological Society of America as a separate meeting review or within the Section's newsletter. A business meeting of the Section shall be held at the annual meeting and the members present shall constitute a quorum. Notice of the annual meeting shall be given each member of the Section at least 60 days in advance of each annual meeting. It is understood that publication of a notice of the meeting in the Bulletin of the Ecological Society of America shall constitute adequate notice. Notice shall also be posted on the section web page.

Article 12. NEWSLETTER. The newsletter shall be published at least once each year and shall include a call for papers, symposium contributions and other Section business which requires the attention of the membership prior to the annual meeting. A current list of Section members shall be available to the membership by request from the Section Secretary.

Article 13. AMENDMENTS. These By-Laws may be amended by a two-thirds vote of the members attending any annual meeting of the Section, provided that notice of the proposed amendment has been supplied to the members of the Section at least 60 days prior to the annual meeting date.

PROPOSED STATEMENT FOR THE CONSTITUTION

THE URBAN ECOSYSTEM ECOLOGY SECTION. The official name of this section shall be the Urban Ecosystem Ecology Section. The Urban Ecosystem Ecology Section shall include any member of any class of the Ecological Society of America who requests affiliation. The objectives of the Section are to encourage education, research and communication in all aspects directly pertaining to and related to urban ecosystem ecology. The Section will meet annually with the Society or independently. Necessary expenses will be paid by the Society within limits of an approved budget."