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
- Professional Societies and Scientific Working Groups
- Organizations Addressing a Critical Piece of the Sustainable Economics Puzzle
- Activist Organizations
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.
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.
The New Economics Institute is working to make the new economics, one which supports people and planet, mainstream in the USA. The purpose is to help people imagine the kind of economy that is designed to enhance human well-being and ecological health.
The New Economy Network supports a transition to a new economy where the priorities are to sustain people and the planet; promote social justice and cohesion; and support peaceful, democratic, and ecologically sound communities.
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.
This French institute is dedicated to promoting degrowth, an economic contraction designed to build a more prosperous and sustainable society. The institute collects data and information, publishes papers, and promotes ecologically sound economic policies.
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.
The Quaker Institute of the Future launched the Moral Economy Project in 2005 to address concerns about the human prospect in a world of unbridled growth and increasing ecological degradation. The central effort of the Moral Economy Project has been publication of the book, Right Relationship: Building a Whole Earth Economy, on how to work toward a moral economy.
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 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 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 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.
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.
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.
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.
Composed of academic and industry leaders from different parts of the world, the workgroup seeks to advance a new paradigm in understanding the properties, structures and processes of economic systems and to offer an alternative to the neoclassical economics model our global system is currently dependent on.
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 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.
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.
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 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 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 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.
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 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.
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.
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 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 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.
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 is a group that attempts to fill the gap left by traditional environmental organizations in addressing unsustainable population growth.
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.
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.
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.
The ominously, and let us hope not aptly, named “www.dieoff.org” is a clearinghouse of information related to the pending peak in global per capita energy production.
Negative Population Growth is a national membership organization that tackles a very difficult issue head-on. We may not all agree on all their findings, but they have adopted a logical position called, “A No-Growth, Steady-State Economy Must Be Our Goal.”