Donella H. Meadows

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Dr. Donella H. Meadows (1941-2001) (Ph.D. in biophysics, Harvard University), "the founder of the Sustainability Institute, was a professor at Dartmouth College, a long-time organic farmer, a journalist, and a systems analyst. She was honored both as a Pew Scholar in Conservation and Environment and as a MacArthur Fellow.

"For 16 years Donella wrote a weekly column called "The Global Citizen," commenting on world events from a systems point of view. It appeared in more than twenty newspapers, won second place in the 1985 Champion-Tuck national competition for outstanding journalism in the fields of business and economics, received the Walter C. Paine Science Education Award in 1990, and was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize in 1991.

"Donella was the author or co-author of nine books, including:" [1]

  • The Limits to Growth (1972) (coauthored with Dennis Meadows)
  • The Electronic Oracle: Computer Models and Social Decisions (1983)
  • The Global Citizen (1991)
  • Beyond the Limits (1992)
  • The Limits to Growth - the 30 Year Update (2004)

"n 1981, she founded the International Network of Resource Information Centers (INRIC), a global process of information sharing and collaboration among hundreds of leading academics, researchers, and activists in the broader sustainable development movement (an international effort to reverse damaging trends in the environment, economy, and social systems). Meadows was the founder of the Sustainability Institute, combining research in global systems with practical demonstrations of sustainable living, including the development of a cohousing or ecovillage and organic farm at Cobb Hill in Hartland,Vermont." [1] (biodynamic)

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  1. Donella H. Meadows, Sustainability Institute, accessed October 22, 2008.