About Us

CSE is a 25-year-old environmental economics think tank that works to speed the transition to a sustainable society. We do this by analyzing the impacts of public policy, programs, and projects, by developing creative solutions for government agencies, businesses, non-profits, and educators, and by providing expert support for legislative, administrative, and legal campaigns. We keep our organization lean and effective by minimizing administrative staff and overhead and by relying on a network of distinguished fellows with expertise in the fields of ecological economics, conservation biology, sustainability analysis, and public interest law. We serve our partners by providing expertise they need but also take initiative on our own campaigns when key opportunities arise.

Our Vision

We believe that a swift transition to a New Economy based on the principles of sustainable development is the only way to emerge from the converging crisis of global economic collapse, climate change, and resource depletion in a manner that is just, rapid, and minimizes harm, especially to those least well off. Hallmarks of the New Economy have been well researched. It is the transition that needs to happen now. We need to marshal vast knowledge, skills, and resource of humanity to create a New Economy that:

  • Measures progress by improvements in well-being and not expansion of the scale and scope of market economic activity.
  • Recognizes the immense value and importance of relationships and activities outside the so called formal sector.
  • Is based on a renewable energy platform, guarantees basic human needs, discourages wasteful consumption, and invests in rather than depletes natural, physical, social and cultural capital.
  • Replaces brutal and wasteful competition between nations, businesses, and individuals with one that binds us together in cooperative frameworks for solving civilization’s most urgent problems.
  • Is firmly ensconced within the Earth’s ecological limits and guided by our spiritual and ethical traditions.
  • Is diverse, adaptable, localized, and resilient.


Center for Sustainable Economy hosts an experienced team of fellows with expertise in ecological economics, conservation biology, sustainability analysis, and public interest law. We provide support for the sustainability initiatives of non-profits, government agencies, and businesses. Our professional services include:

  • Benefit-cost analysis of public policy
  • Ecological footprint and carbon footprint analysis Non-market valuation
  • Expert support for comments, appeals, and litigation
  • Sustainable development plans and policies
  • Status and trends of key sustainability indicators
  • Lectures, workshops, trainings and curriculum for sustainability education
  • On-line calculators, surveys, and sustainability analysis tools


Board, Staff and Fellows

Dr. John Talberth

President and Senior Economist

John holds a Ph.D. in International and Environmental Economics from the University of New Mexico ...Read More

Richard Mietz

Vice President and Environmental Law Fellow

Richard has been involved with various environmental and public interest groups as an activist, attorney, ...Read More

Susan Leopold

Secretary-Treasurer and Sustainability Education Fellow

Susan is the Executive Director of United Plant Savers (www.unitedplantsavers.org). She has a Doctorate in ...Read More

Dr. Nejem Raheem

Director and Economics Fellow

Dr. Nejem Raheem serves as an environmental economics fellow at CSE and has worked on ...Read More

Erin Gray

Economics Fellow

Erin holds a Master of Environmental Management degree from Duke University’s Nicholas School of the ...Read More

Evan Branosky

Environmental Policy Fellow

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Evan Branosky is an environmental policy fellow at the Center for Sustainable Economy. With CSE, ...Read More

Kinga Dow

Director, Sustainability On-Line

Kinga has been involved in web development since 1999. As the owner and creative director ...Read More

Suntara Loba

Managing Director

Suntara graduated with a degree in Liberal Arts from Sarah Lawrence College where her curriculum ...Read More

Bryan Bird

Environmental Policy Fellow

Bryan Bird received his masters in conservation biology from New Mexico State University in 1995 ...Read More

Melissa Hailey

Environmental Law Fellow

Melissa is an environmental attorney on staff at WildEarth Guardians. She holds a bachelor’s degree ...Read More

Steven Sugarman

Environmental Law Fellow

Steve is an environmental attorney who earned his J.D. from the Boalt Hall School of ...Read More

Michael Weisdorf

Research Associate, Genuine Progress Project

Michael is a scholar at Portland State University, where he has earned degrees in Social ...Read More

Joel Enoch

Director, Environmental Literacy Project

Joel received his masters in sociology from the College of William and Mary in 1990 and ...Read More

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