Sustainable Economies

Our Sustainable Economies Program focuses on accelerating the transition to an economy that serves our communities, supports our values, and preserves our natural assets. We approach this work by providing a common narrative to the diverse community and network driven initiatives that are shaping the economy in Vermont and elsewhere. Our intent, in Donella Meadows’s own words, is to “speak and act, loudly and with assurance, from the new paradigm.” This new paradigm is embodied by socially responsible businesses, citizens’ networks in food and energy systems, local investment, alternative currencies, and more. We tell stories of systems and systemic change, convene systems changers, and develop metrics to measure genuine progress.

Farmers Market

Our Sustainable Economies Program builds on success stories such as farmers markets to help promote similar models of vibrant local economy across other sectors like forest and agritourism.

To learn more about Sustainable Economies, check out the stories and statistics we tell in Vermont’s New Economy: A look at the New Economy by the numbers. Our New Economy radio commentaries are another good resource that describe other ways we can approach food and energy, investment, measuring progress, and promoting wellbeing.


About The Donella Meadows Project

The mission of the Donella Meadows Project is to preserve Donella (Dana) H. Meadows’s legacy as an inspiring leader, scholar, writer, and teacher; to manage the intellectual property rights related to Dana’s published work; to provide and maintain a comprehensive and easily accessible archive of her work online, including articles, columns, and letters; to develop new resources and programs that apply her ideas to current issues and make them available to an ever-larger network of students, practitioners, and leaders in social change.  Read More

Newsletter Sign Up

The Academy occasionally sends E-newsletters with updates on the work of our fellows, the Donella Meadows Project and more. Sign up here if you'd like to stay connected.

Subscribe to our mailing list

* indicates required
Select your interests below:

Contact Form