About Us

CSE is a 26-year-old environmental economics think tank that advances solutions that protect and restore the diversity of life. 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 Mission

CSE works to speed the transition to a New Economy, one that is diverse, adaptable, localized, and resilient, ensconced within the Earth’s ecological limits, and guided by our spiritual and ethical traditions.

In partnership with dynamic social movements and allies, we work to:

· Protect and engage vulnerable populations

· Measure progress by improvements in well-being rather than market economic activity

· Accelerate broad uptake of a renewable energy platform

· Guarantee basic human needs

· Discourage wasteful consumption

· Invest in, rather than deplete natural, physical, social and cultural capital

· Replace brutal and wasteful competition among nations, businesses, and individuals with a cooperative framework

for solving our most urgent problems

· Develop a 500-year vision for restoring our degraded forests, farms, and biosphere.


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

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Work with us

The Center for Sustainable Economy (CSE) is seeking a volunteer intern to work in the state of Oregon. Learn from national environmental leaders on exciting campaigns taking on the fossil fuel and timber industry in the Pacific Northwest. A great opportunity doing meaningful work in a beautiful part of the country. Flexible hours and the ability to work from home, as needed.

Online Organizing Intern: This position will provide support for CSE’s social media presence, website, and communications. You will help with a) improving the design and content of our website, making it more interactive and visually inviting; b) enhancing our presence and outreach on social media; c) writing blogs and op-eds for publication in local and national media outlets.

Please be prepared to work at least 15-20 hours per week for at least 10 weeks.

Please send a cover letter, at least two references, samples of your web design, social media work and/or writing, and a resume to: daphne@sustainable-economy.org.



Center for Sustainable Economy, a Pacific Northwest environmental economics non-profit, seeks a grassroots organizing intern to work on an exciting Portland, Oregon based campaign to require fossil fuel polluters to pay for the costs of seismic and climate risks. Portland is overdue for a 9.0 earthquake, yet much of Oregon’s fossil fuel infrastructure is situated in an earthquake subduction zone and is not built to withstand such a quake, creating enormous risks to life, the economy, and the environment. In addition, air toxics emissions from fossil fuel infrastructure in the region pose long term health hazards for nearby communities. Your job will be to work with CSE staff to educate Portland residents about the risks in their communities and organize participation in public processes that could make communities safer and healthier.  

CSE works in coalition with a variety of non-profits and environmental advocates in Portland to achieve lasting victories for the climate and community well-being. The intern will have the opportunity to network with partner organizations as well as elected officials and decision makers in the Portland-Metro area.  Internship pays a stipend of $1200/month and requires at least 20 hours per week, for a total of 3 months.

To apply:

Send resume, writing sample, and cover letter describing why you are interested in the internship, how it fits within your professional goals and objectives, and your qualifications to info@sustainable-economy.org with ‘Internship program’ in the subject line. CSE is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer committed to assembling a diverse, broadly trained staff.  People of all races, religions, and sexual orientations, and people with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.

About CSE:

Center for Sustainable Economy straddles the divide between a think tank and a do tank. We conduct peer-reviewed research on the full range of sustainable development challenges humanity faces, including climate change, deforestation, extinction, inequality and poverty. We develop innovative solutions such as new measures of progress and new policies to expedite the transition to renewable energy. We are also vocal advocates for change, using legislative and administrative processes, the courts, and grassroots mobilization to achieve our goals.