Designing Systems for a Sustainable and Desirable World

Donella Meadows Film Project

We're creating an inspiring, empowering film to share Dana's vision and approach with a new generation of leaders. Help us tell her story by contributing photos, letters, and other media!

People's Climate March

On September 21, we're joining over hundreds of thousands of individuals, businesses, and organizations in NYC to take part in the largest climate march in history. Join us for this powerful call to action!

New Economy Week 2014

New Economy Week 2014 will showcase creative initiatives to build a more sustainable, equitable, and value-driven economy across Vermont. Get involved!

Mission + Vision

Both our Legacy and Sustainable Economies work is rooted in Donella Meadows's leadership towards a more sustainable world. We are guided by her values of caring, visioning, and speaking truth to power.

Limits to Growth Online

Thanks to a partnership with Dartmouth's Rauner Library, the entire 1972 Limits to Growth study is now freely available online!

Last Call Screenings

We have organized three local screenings of Last Call, a new documentary about Limits to Growth and shifting existing paradigms. Contact us to organize a screening in your community!


Kylie's Recommended Reading Our intern Kylie curated a collection of her favorite timeless, under-the-radar Dana wisdom. More


Dana: teacher, mentor, friend, pillar, beacon, guiding starDana Meadows (58) — tall, graying, very opinionated, restless, energetic, always starting more projects than she can finish, wildly idealistic and v... More

A peek inside Dana's journal reveals brilliant writing as well as dried flowers from her garden.


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About DMI

Since its founding in 1996 by environmental leader Donella Meadows, our Institute has been at the forefront of sustainability thinking and training. Our initiatives have addressed economic, environmental, and social challenges from a range of angles and at many levels. In everything we do, the disciplines of systems thinking and organizational learning inform and shape our work. It is this focus on whole-system analysis, combined with careful listening, truth telling, and visioning, that make the Donella Meadows Institute unique among sustainability organizations.  Read More