350.org

Spearheaded by Bill McKibben, 350.org is an international campaign dedicated to building a movement to unite the world around solutions to the climate crisis—the solutions that science and justice demand.

American Sustainable Business Council

The American Sustainable Business Council is a growing coalition of business networks committed to building a vibrant, just and sustainable economy. ASBC works to unite the sustainable business community, reframe the debate, and catalyze policy change for a new economy.

Asset-Based Community Development Institute

The Asset-Based Community Development Institute (ABCD) considers local assets as the primary building blocks of sustainable community development. Building on the skills of local residents, the power of local associations, and the supportive functions of local institutions, asset-based community development draws upon existing community strengths to build stronger, more sustainable communities for the future.

BerkShares

Dubbed a "great economic experiment" by the New York Times, the BerkShares local currency program is a tool for community empowerment, enabling merchants and consumers to plant the seeds for an alternative economic future for their communities.

Business Alliance for Local Living Economies (BALLE)

The Business Alliance for Local Living Economies (BALLE) is North America's fastest growing network of socially responsible businesses, comprised of 79 community networks with over 21,000 independent business members across the U.S. and Canada.

Calvert-Henderson Quality of Life Indicators

The Calvert-Henderson Quality of Life Indicators are a contribution to the worldwide effort to develop comprehensive statistics of national well-being that go beyond traditional macroeconomic indicators. A systems approach is used to illustrate the dynamic state of our social, economic and environmental quality of life.

Capital Institute

The Capital Institute is a non-partisan, transdisciplinary collaborative
space that aims to adapt the current financial system to fuel a transition
to a more resilient and sustainable world.  Through a network of financial
professionals, academics, and experts, the Capital Institute works to
identify and synthesize new principles and scalable models that will meet
this goal.

Center for a New American Dream

The mission of the Center for a New American Dream is to help Americans consume responsibly to protect the environment, enhance quality of life, and promote social justice.

Center for the Advancement of the Steady State Economy (CASSE)

The mission of CASSE is to advance the steady state economy, with stabilized population and consumption, as a policy goal with widespread public support. We refuse to ignore the costs of economic growth, and we promote a sustainable, fair and efficient economy as envisioned by Herman Daly. The Daly News, our outlet for original and thought-provoking essays, provides an economic reality check.

Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund

The Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund's mission is to build
sustainable communities by assisting people to assert their right to local
self-government and the rights of nature.  The Legal Defense Fund has
assisted over 120 communities across the U.S. to draft and adopt laws that
stop corporate threats such as natural gas drilling and fracking, factory
farming, and water privatization, while addressing corporate claims of
constitutional protections, state preemption of local decision making, and
the structure of law which treats nature as property. 

David Suzuki Foundation

The David Suzuki Foundation works in Canada with government, business, and individuals to conserve our environment by providing science-based education, advocacy and policy work, and acting as a catalyst for the social change that today's situation demands. Their vision is that within a generation, Canadians act on the understanding that we are all interconnected and interdependent with nature.

Democracy Collaborative

The Democracy Collaborative at the University of Maryland is a national
leader in the fast growing field of community wealth building strategies
and policy development. Its Anchor Institutions project focuses on the
role universities, hospitals, and other place-based anchors can play as
an emerging community building asset.

Donella Meadows Institute

Based in Vermont, the Donella Meadows Institute's mission is "to bring economic, social and environmental systems into closer harmony with the realities of a finite planet and a globally powerful human race by using the disciplines of systems thinking, system dynamics and collaborative learning that were pioneered by [their] founder, Donella Meadows.”

Eco Centre Wales

Eco Centre Wales seeks to reduce society’s impact on the environment, in particular its contribution to global warming and unnecessary climate change. This is only possible by taking steps to reduce demand on the environment, due to  energy use, and making changes to the way society lives so that it reduces its reliance on fossil fuel based energy. The four main planks of the Eco Centre's work are: energy efficiency, renewable energy, environmental education and fuel poverty. In each of these areas the organisation works with government, statutory authorities, schools, communities and other third sector bodies to deliver its objectives. The audience for this work ranges from school-age children, teachers, householders, community groups, planners, housing officers and other local authority staff, installers, utility companies, health boards and government.

Ernst Friedrich Schumacher Society for Political Ecology

For over 30 years now, the Ernst Friedrich Schumacher Society in Germany has been using its best efforts to analyze the future ecological, social and economic challenges to be met by society and to indicate innovative approaches to ensuring sustainable development in all areas. This takes place by means of monthly lectures and discussions with recognized speakers, an info letter titled "Small is Beautiful," and the organization of eco-educational trips to experience nature throughout thinly populated regions, national parks and biosphere reserves within Europe.

Ethical Markets Media

With over 40 years of foresight, insight and integrity in our leadership, Ethical Markets Media works to reform markets and grow the green economy worldwide. We provide news and perspective with the Green Transition Scoreboard; the Transforming Finance initiative; and with reports, articles, newsletters and analysis by Hazel Henderson, our editor-in-chief.  We focus on systems thinking and best practices to raise global standards. Our web video platform, Ethicalmarkets.tv, streams original Ethical Markets productions and video gathered from around the world.

Friends of the Earth

Friends of the Earth and our federation of grassroots groups in 77 countries are a loud and fear­less force for the sustainable and fair use of the Earth’s resources.  Our current campaigns focus on promoting clean energy and solu­tions to climate change, keeping toxic and risky technologies out of the food we eat and products we use, and protecting marine ecosys­tems and the people who live and work near them.

Global Development And Environment Institute

Co-directed by Neva Goodwin and William Moomaw, the Global Development And Environment Institute (GDAE) is a research institute at Tufts University dedicated to promoting a better understanding of how societies can pursue their economic and community goals in an environmentally and socially sustainable manner.

Green America

Green America, formally "Co-Op America," is a not-for-profit membership organization founded in 1982. Its mission is to harness economic power—the strength of consumers, investors, businesses, and the marketplace—to create a socially just and environmentally sustainable society.

Gund Institute

The Gund Institute is working to shift the world's economies away from their present emphasis on infinite economic growth and toward a focus on sustainable human wellbeing, and to forge fresh and visionary approaches to the economic challenges and opportunities that await us in the 21st century.

Immense Possibilities

Immense Possibilities is a weekly public TV and Internet visit with guests whose social creations are building vibrant communities. Its guests are solving challenges that the old systems can’t, infusing others with realistic hope and inviting them to come alive. Its guests are pointing the way, brilliantly and passionately, to a future that works. 

Indian Line Farm

The first Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) farm in the United States, currently owned and operated by Elizabeth Keen and Al Thorp.

Institute for Local Self Reliance

The Institute’s mission is to provide innovative strategies, working models and timely information to support environmentally sound and equitable community development.

 

International Forum on Globalization

The International Forum on Globalization (IFG) promotes equitable, democratic, and ecologically sustainable economies.We were formed in response to widespread concerns over economic globalization, a process dominated by international institutions and agreements unaccountable to democratic processes or national governments.

Land Institute

The Land Institute has worked for over 30 years to develop an agricultural system with the ecological stability of the prairie and a grain yield comparable to that from annual crops.

New Economy Network

The New Economy Network is a network of individuals and organizations interacting and collaborating within a broad framework of shared objectives. The mission of the New Economy Network (NEN) is to support a transition to a new economy where the priority is to sustain people and the planet, social justice and cohesion are prized, and peace, communities, democracy and nature all flourish.

Northeast Organic Farming Association (NOFA)

NOFA is a non-proft organization of nearly 5,000 farmers, gardeners and consumers working to promote healthy food, organic farming practices and a cleaner environment.

 

On the Commons

The mission of On the Commons is to draw attention to the importance of the commons (i.e. water, air) in the modern world. We advance commons-based solutions that will help achieve environmental restoration, social justice, global cooperation and a brighter future for all.

Other Worlds

Other Worlds is a women-driven, multi-media education and movement-building collaborative. Other Worlds inspires hope and knowledge that another world is possible, and helps build it. We compile and bring to light political, economic, social, and environmental alternatives that are flourishing throughout the world, and inspire and help the public throughout the Americas open up new pathways to adapt and replicate them.

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. They envision a world of resilient communities and re-localized economies that thrive within ecological bounds.

Practical Action Publishing

Practical Action is a development charity with a difference. We know the simplest ideas can have the most profound, life-changing effect on poor people across the world. This is why, for over 40 years, we have been working closely with some of the world’s poorest people using simple technology to fight poverty and transform their lives for the better.

Practical Action Publishing, the publishing arm of Practical Action, helps to build the skills and capabilities of development practitioners in developing countries through the dissemination of information in a variety of ways including books and journals.

Project for Public Spaces

Since 1975, PPS has worked in more than 2,500 communities in 40 countries around the world, helping people turn their public spaces into vital community places, with programs, uses, and people-friendly settings that build local value and serve community needs.

Rocky Mountain Institute

The RMI works to drive the efficient and restorative use of resources by emphasizing integrative design, advanced technologies, and mindful markets. Their strategic focus is to map and drive the transition from coal and oil to efficiency and renewables.

Rodale Institute

Rodale Institute is a nonprofit that creates global solutions from the ground up. Their soil scientists and a cooperating network of researchers have documented that organic farming techniques offer the best solution to global warming and famine.

Slow Money

Slow Money is a new nonprofit organizing an international movement to bring money back down to earth. Founded by Woody Tasch, a pioneer in merging investing and philanthropy, Slow Money's mission is to build local and national networks, and develop new financial products and services, dedicated to investing in small food enterprises and local food systems; connecting investors to their local economies; and, building the nurture capital industry.

Small-Mart

Grown out of the writings of Michael Shuman, Small-Mart is an initiative of the Business Alliance for Local Living Economies (BALLE). The Small-Mart Revolution aims to improve the prosperity of every community, in the U.S. and abroad, by maximizing local self-reliance and opportunities for locally owned businesses.

Sustainable Economies Law Center

 
The Sustainable Economies Law Center (SELC) charts the changing legal territory of the new economy, educating communities and individuals about the possibilities and limits of creative economic structures, and advocating for laws that clear the way for more sustainable economic development.
 
SELC provides essential legal tools — education, research, advice, and advocacy — to support this transition to localized, resilient economies. Our work focuses on practices that promote justice and sharing, including cooperatives, community currencies, community enterprises, local investing, cohousing, urban agriculture, and other innovative economic strategies.

Sustainable South Bronx

Sustainable South Bronx (SSBx) is a community organization dedicated to Environmental Justice solutions through innovative, economically sustainable projects that are informed by community needs. In 2001, SSBx was created to address policy and planning issues like land use, energy, transportation, water, waste, education, and, most recently, design and manufacturing.

Tellus Institute

Tellus Institute works to advance a global civilization of sustainability, equity and well-being through research, education, and action. Rooted in analytic rigor, the Institute’s projects offer visions of hope and strategies for change.

The Institute for New Economic Thinking (INET)

The Institute for New Economic Thinking (INET) was created to accelerate the
kinds of new economic thinking that will lead to solutions for the
challenges facing the world in the 21st century.  INET seeks to accomplish
this through numerous grants, research programs and conferences.  The
Institute has established partnerships with the London School of Economics,
Centre for International Governance Innovation, the Oxford Martin School,
and other major universities around the world, and aims to create a network
of partnerships that will reach thousands of scholars.

Transition Towns

A network of independent communities working to look Peak Oil and Climate Change squarely in the eye and address this BIG question: "for all those aspects of life that this community needs in order to sustain itself and thrive, how do we significantly increase resilience (to mitigate the effects of Peak Oil) and drastically reduce carbon emissions (to mitigate the effects of Climate Change)?"

United for a Fair Economy

UFE raises awareness that concentrated wealth and power undermine the economy, corrupt democracy, deepen the racial divide, and tear communities apart. It supports and help build social movements for greater equality.

White Earth Land Recovery Project

The mission of the White Earth Land Recovery Project is to facilitate recovery of the original land base of the White Earth Indian Reservation, while preserving and restoring traditional practices of sound land stewardship, language fluency, community development, and strengthening our spiritual and cultural heritage.

Your Olive Branch

Your Olive Branch is an online news and social networking organization devoted to furthering global peace and sustainability. Through a combination of positive, life affirming news stories and the engagement of its individual and organizational members, Your Olive Branch provides a virtual space that fosters dialogue, sharing, and collaboration in an effort to reinforce the idea that the health of humanity and the health of the planet are inherently connected.