The Center for a New American Dream
6930 Carroll Ave., Suite 900
Takoma Park, MD 20912
A hub for organizations working to promote sustainable consumption. Offers a quarterly newsletter, a Yearning for Balance action kit and an excellent Web site that provides an abundance of useful resources by state. The must-see Web site for alternatives to consumerism. Working on de-commercializing Christmas and other holidays.
Northwest Earth Institute
921 S.W. Morrison, Suite 532
Portland, OR 97205
Offers comprehensive courses on voluntary simplicity for workplace use as well as several other environmental programs. Now forming Earth Institute affiliates in many other cities, including Minneapolis, Wichita, Washington, D.C. and San Francisco.
The New Road Map Foundation
P.O. Box 15981
Seattle, WA 98115
Founded by Joe Dominguez and Vicki Robin, the New Road Map Foundation channels all the profits earned on sales of Your Money or Your Life into workshops and other activities designed to help people live more frugally and sustainably. Workbooks are available for church groups and workplace study groups.
Global Action Plan for the Earth
P.O. Box 428
Woodstock, NY 12498
(Also has a great Web site for kids: www.journey4theplanet.org.)
Seen in action in Holland in Escape from Affluenza, G.A.P. is also active in the United States, with Eco-Team programs in many cities. They also have workbooks for children.
Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection
79 Elm Street
Hartford, CN 06106
The Connecticut DEP used Sid Quarriers calculations about his familys use of resources to develop a wonderful color poster about consuming wisely, with tons of valuable information and a thorough resource list on the back. Theyll send it to you for a dollar.
Consumer Credit Counseling Service
If youre interested in getting a Money Masters Program into your childrens schools, contact one of their 175 offices around the U.S. They can also help you get out of debt instead of declaring personal bankruptcy, as 1.24 million Americans did last year.
Seeds of Simplicity
P.O. Box 9955
Glendale, CA 91226
Provides information on simplicity circles (there may be some in your community) and on living simply with children. Holding a major conference on simple living at the University of Southern California on September 19, 1998.
1612 K St. N.W., Suite 600
Washington, D.C. 20006
Not just about co-ops, this terrific organization with more than 50,000 members helps promote small businesses and lifestyles that are sustainable. Publishes the excellent Co-op America
Quarterly, and an incredible resource guide, The National Green Pages. Good tips for saving money for retirement on Web site.
350 Fifth Avenue, Room 3112
New York, NY 10118
A coalition of community, labor and environmental groups working for a sustainable and just economy.
Center for the Analysis of Commercialism in Education
P.O. Box 413
University of Wisconsin
Milwaukee, WI 53201
Founded by Alex Molnar, author of Giving Kids the Business, this new organization helps parents and students resist the sudden upsurge of commercial messages in Americas schools.
The Goodenough Community
2007 33rd Avenue South
Seattle, WA 98144
A 25-year-old effort (with a wonderful name!) among individuals living apart to find community in the city. Members are now studying the opportunities the millennium presents to think and act for a better future. They publish a Millennium Survival Kit.
The Simple Living Network
An online organization with a newsletter and books, videos, etc. for simple living.
The Global Development and Environment Institute
Medford, MA 02155
Excellent academic information about sustainable living and the environmental impacts of overconsumption.
The Salt Lake City PBS affiliate just published an excellent resource guide called The Earth & Us Green Pages (includes both Utah and national references). Ask for it.
National Waste Prevention Coalition
P.O. Box 24545
Seattle, WA 98124
A national clearing-house of information about ways to decrease our production of solid waste, formed by professionals in the solid waste field. Thorough Web site with lots of helpful tips.
P.O. Box 19006
Boulder, CO 80308
This community-based recycling program produces some wonderfully funny materials about recycling and reduced consumption. Their pre-cycling campaign with Biff and Suzette is excellent. Web site has waste-reduction activity kit for schools.
1305 N.E. 47th St.
Seattle, WA 98105
Offers a curriculum on simple living from a Christian perspective.
Positive Futures Network
P.O. Box 10818
Bainbridge Island, WA 98110
A creative think tank that also publishes the excellent quarterly, Yes!
Earth Island Institute
300 Broadway, Suite 28
San Francisco, CA 94133
Founded by noted environmentalist David Brower, Earth Island is an umbrella for dozens of environmental sustainability projects. Their quarterly, Earth Island Journal, is perhaps the most conprehensive and well-edited source of worldwide news about the environment.
The Thirty-Hour Workweek
This web site explains the benefits of a thirty-hour workweek and highlights policies that would minimize financial stress to working-class families while dramatically reducing the time they spend on the job.
A web site dedicated to common sense saving and investing. The site is a meeting place for people who want to live well with their means, they meet regularly online in chats and message boards.
Northwest Environment Watch
1402 Third Avenue, Suite 1127
Seattle, WA 98101
Phone: (206) 447-1880
Northwest Environment Watch (NEW) is an independent, not-for-profit
research and publishing group based in Seattle whose mission is to foster
an environmentally sound economy and way of life in the Pacific Northwest.
NEW conducts action-oriented policy research and publishes its findings
each year in short books, which it distributes widely to concerned
citizens, elected officials, community leaders, educators, and the media..