Noteworthy Organizations

CASSE salutes a number of organizations that are working on the economic paradigm shift from growth to sustainability.  Some of these organizations are listed below in the following categories:

Economics Organizations Promoting Sustainability Rather Than Growth

Economics for Equity and the Environment (E3 Network)

This network of economists develops and applies economic arguments for active protection of human health and the natural environment. Economists in the E3 Network believe: a clean and safe environment is a birthright of every person; safeguarding the natural environment is inseparable from promoting social justice; and without a fair distribution of wealth and power, neither the free market nor government regulation will guarantee environmental quality and human well-being.

New Economics Foundation (NEF)

NEF is an independent think-and-do tank that inspires and demonstrates real economic well-being.  The aim is to improve quality of life by promoting innovative solutions that challenge mainstream thinking on economic, environment and social issues.

New Economy Coalition (NEC)

The New Economy Coalition (NEC) works to convene and support all those who might contribute to an economy that is restorative to people, place, and planet, and that operates according to principles of democracy, justice and appropriate scale.


Feasta aims to identify the economic, cultural and environmental characteristics of a truly sustainable society. The organization articulates how the necessary transition can be achieved and promotes the implementation of  appropriate measures and economic policies.

Sustainable Europe Research Institute (SERI)

SERI is a Pan-European think tank exploring sustainable development options for European societies. SERI promotes ecological economics and seeks ways to rearrange economic institutions to manage throughput of energy and material resources.

Global Development and Environment Institute (GDAE)

GDAE is a center of expertise in economics, policy, science and technology at Tufts University. The Institute produces numerous books, articles, policy documents, and discussion papers on topics at the crossroads of economics and the environment.

Solutions Journal

Solutions is a nonprofit online and print publication, a hybrid between a peer-reviewed journal and popular magazine. Solutions aims to encourage and promote integrative solutions to solve the mounting environmental, social and economic problems of our time. While there is an abundance of isolated and technical solutions, Solutions provides a much-needed forum devoted to systemic solutions and the design of a sustainable and desirable future.

Gaian Economics

Gaian Economics is an internet showcase for a group of researchers who agree that the major problems facing humanity have their root in the economic system and recognize the need to develop a new kind of economics, much like ecological economics. The website provides references on money, work, trade and other critical topics.

Earth Economics

Earth Economics is devoted to promoting ecosystem health and ecological economics and to halting the globalization of unsustainable economic policies. Focusing on the vital areas of toxics, forests, fisheries and global trade policy, Earth Economics achieves its goals through organization, education and advocacy.

Reliable Prosperity

This project of Ecotrust seeks to redesign economic arrangements over time so that they restore, rather than deplete, natural and social capital. The project has developed an annotated pattern map that provides a detailed framework for developing a reliable and prosperous economy.

Ethical Markets

The mission of Ethical Markets is to foster the evolution of capitalism beyond current models based on materialism, maximizing self-interest and profit, competition, and fear of scarcity.

Post-Autistic Economics Network

Formed out of an international student movement, this network promotes a transition from the rigid and unrealistic neoclassical framework to a more pluralistic set of economic models.  The network publishes the Real-World Economics Review.

Professional Societies and Scientific Working Groups

International Society for Ecological Economics

The International Society for Ecological Economics facilitates understanding between economists and ecologists. Its mission is a sustainable world. Much of the work on the steady state economy comes from members of the ISEE.

The Wildlife Society’s Working Group for the Steady State Economy

The steady state economy is an ultimate imperative for wildlife conservation, and The Wildlife Society’s WGSSE works toward its establishment.

The Society for Conservation Biology’s Working Group for Ecological Economics and Sustainability Science

This working group is an international team of SCB members who seek the incorporation of ecological principles into economics and economic policy-making for the purpose of biodiversity conservation.

Organizations Addressing a Critical Piece of the Sustainable Economics Puzzle

Sustainable Scale Project

The Sustainable Scale Project provides a wealth of educational resources on the concept of “sustainable scale” to assist government decision makers, non-governmental organizations, and students. This is a parallel effort to CASSE’s because “sustainable scale” refers to an economy small enough to be supported by its environment in the long run. For most purposes, “sustainable scale” is equivalent to a steady state economy.

Global Footprint Network

The mission of the Global Footprint Network is to support a sustainable economy by advancing the ecological footprint, a measurement and management tool that makes the reality of planetary limits relevant to decision-makers throughout the world.

Post Carbon Institute

Post Carbon Institute provides individuals, communities, businesses, and governments with the resources needed to understand and respond to the interrelated economic, energy, and environmental crises that define the 21st century. The purpose is to build a world of resilient communities and re-localized economies that thrive within ecological bounds.

The Capital Institute

The Capital Institute supports harnessing the power of capital and markets to advance a just, resilient, and sustainable economic system that will improve lives and preserve the planet.  The institute stimulates the interaction and action of leaders, scholars, and society to raise awareness about the capital needs of a sustainable economy.

Green Conduct

Green Conduct is a comprehensive communication hub for sustainability ideas.  As a premier online provider of original thinking, Green Conduct offers vibrant communication and publication services to increase awareness and knowledge of how individuals and societies can lead sustainable lives.

The Arthur Morgan Institute for Community Solutions

Community Solutions is a nonprofit based in Yellow Springs, Ohio that provides education about the challenges of peak oil and climate change, offers strategies for reducing energy use in the household sector areas of food, housing, and transportation, and promotes a return to small, local community living.

The Natural Step

The Natural Step Framework is a powerful foundation for a paradigm shift to sustainable development. The framework is a proven, science-based model that helps communities and businesses better understand and integrate environmental, social, and economic considerations. Natural Step principles are in direct alignment with the foundational concepts of a steady state economy.

Better Not Bigger Alliance

The Better Not Bigger Alliance advocates sustainable public and economic policies at the local and state levels, which lead to an increasingly better quality of life for all people. The Better Not Bigger Alliance performs research pursuant to improving public policy, works to implement better policy and better government, and works to educate public officials and the general population regarding the real costs, financial and otherwise, of growth.

Center for a New American Dream

The Center for a New American Dream helps Americans consume responsibly to protect the environment, enhance quality of life, and promote social justice. The center offers excellent suggestions for the conscientious consumer.

The Land Institute

The purpose of the Land Institute is to develop an agricultural system with the ecological stability of the prairie and a grain yield comparable to that from annual crops. The institute conducts research, publishes articles in refereed scientific journals, delivers public presentations, and hosts intellectuals and scientists as resident experts.

The Population Institute

The Population Institute seeks to promote universal access to family planning information, education, and services. Through voluntary family planning, the institute strives to achieve a world population in balance with a healthy global environment and resource base.

Optimum Population Trust

The Optimum Population Trust is an environmental charity and think tank in the UK concerned with the impact of population growth on the environment. OPT research covers population in relation to climate change, energy, resources, biodiversity, development impacts, employment and other environmental and economic issues. It campaigns for stabilization and gradual population decrease globally and in the UK.

Apply the Brakes

Apply the Brakes is a group that attempts to fill the gap left by traditional environmental organizations in addressing unsustainable population growth.

Activist Organizations


Growthbusters seeks to inform citizens about the irrational addiction to economic growth.  The organization’s main project is production of a documentary entitled Hooked on Growth: Our Misguided Quest for Prosperity.

Adbusters Kick It Over Campaign

This campaign challenges economics students around the world to join the fight to revamp Econ 101 curricula and challenge the endemic myopia of their tenured neoclassical professors.

Faith Economy Ecology Project

The purpose of this project is to understand the various ways in which faith, ecology and the global economy intersect. Project participants develop resources to reshape the global economy to be more sustainable and equitable.