About Us


The Steady State Econ K-12 Project is a project of the Center for the Advancement of the Steady State Economy (CASSE). CASSE is a 501-C3 educational non-profit located in Arlington Virginia. CASSE works to educate the public on the importance of transitioning away from a growth based economy as soon as possible. Determining the ‘right size’ of the economy will be an important task for democracies in the 21st century and a responsibility for future citizens and consumers.

This project is funded in it’s first year with a grant from the Weeden Foundation. The Weeden Foundation focuses on addressing the “adverse impact of growing human populations and overuse of natural resources on the biological fabric of the planet.”

The project is co-led by CASSE Projects Manager Skyler Perkins, and CASSE Executive Director Brian Czech. In addition, other CASSE staff including student intern Andrea Horn collaborate in furthering the project.

Skyler Perkins, Projects Manager

Skyler Perkins joined CASSE in June 2018, following his graduation with an M.S. degree from the University of Vermont, Department of Community Development and Applied Economics. He also received a certificate in Ecological Economics from the Gund Institute. Skyler’s research has focused on ecological economics and sustainable food systems. He brings academic principles of cybernetics to the advancement of the steady state economy, along with applied skills in facilitation, photography, and videography.
Brian Czech, Executive Director

Brian Czech is the founding president of CASSE, and signed on as executive director in 2018. Czech served as a conservation biologist in the headquarters of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service from 1999-2017 and as a visiting professor of natural resource economics in Virginia Tech’s National Capitol Region during most of that period. He is the author of several books including Supply Shock, Shoveling Fuel for a Runaway Train, and The Endangered Species Act, as well as over 50 academic journal articles. Czech is a frequent speaker, commentator, and a regular contributor to the Huffington Post and the Daly News, a blog focused on the steady state economy. He has a B.S. from the University of Wisconsin, an M.S. from the University of Washington, and a Ph.D. from the University of Arizona. Czech is a hunter, fisherman, vegetable grower and general hand. Contact Brian via email.