在1997年，米朵斯教授成立「永續協會」，並把它形容成"think-do-tank"。這個協會將全球不同體系裡的研究和有關永續生存的實際操作範例做了結合，包括在佛蒙特州的Hartland Four Corners發展一個生態聚落及有機農場。（編按：think-do-tank 約同於非政府官方性質的政策智囊團）
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||HANOVER, New Hampshire, February 21, 2001 (ENS) - Donella Meadows, a pioneering environmental scientist and writer, died Tuesday in New Hampshire after a brief bought with bacterial meningitis.
Meadows was best known as the lead author of the 1972 international best seller, "The Limits to Growth." The book, which reported on a study of long term global trends in population, economics and the environment, sold millions of copies and was translated into 28 languages.
"Limits to Growth" began a debate about the limits of the Earth's capacity to support human economic expansion that continues to this day. Meadows was also the lead author of the 20 year follow up study, "Beyond the Limits", published in 1992 with original co-authors Dennis Meadows and Jorgen Randers.
Professor Meadows, known as "Dana" to friends and colleagues, was a leading voice in what has become known as the sustainability movement, an international effort to reverse damaging trends in the environment, economy and social systems. Her work influenced hundreds of other academic studies, government policy initiatives and international agreements.
For 29 years, Meadows also taught environmental systems, ethics and journalism to her students at Dartmouth College in New Hampshire. Her writing appeared most often as a weekly column called "The Global Citizen," nominated for the Pulitzer Prize in 1991.
In 1981, together with her former husband Dennis Meadows, she founded the International Network of Resource Information Centers, which built avenues of scientific communication during the Cold War.
As the group's coordinator for 18 years, Meadows helped build a global process of information sharing and collaboration among hundreds of researchers and activists in the sustainability movement.
In 1997, Professor Meadows founded the Sustainability Institute, which she described as a "think-do-tank." The Institute combines research in global systems with practical demonstrations of sustainable living, including the development of an ecological village and organic farm in Hartland Four Corners, Vermont.