Find A Book

Shopping cart

Shopping cart

Melissa K Scanlan, in conversation with Gus Speth--Prosperity in the Fossil-Free Economy--ONLINE!




"If we are going to transform our energy systems at the pace physics requires, nothing could be more important than replacing turbo-charged hyper-individualistic capitalism with some of the cooperative schemes explored in this revealing book."--Bill McKibben, author of Deep Economy


Drawing on both her extensive experience founding and directing social enterprises and her interviews with sustainability leaders, Melissa Scanlan provides a legal blueprint for creating alternate corporate business models that mitigate climate change, pay living wages, and act as responsible community members, including Certified B Corps and benefit corporations. With an emphasis on cooperatives, this book reveals the power and potential of cooperating as a unifying concept around which to design social enterprise achieving triple bottom-line results: for society, the environment, and finance.


Melissa K. Scanlan is the Lynde B. Uihlein Endowed Chair and Professor in Water Policy and Director of the Center for Water Policy at the School of Freshwater Sciences, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. She is affiliated faculty at UW Law School.  She is the former Associate Dean of Environmental Programs and Professor at Vermont Law School. Melissa wrote parts of this book in Norwich, Vermont. 


James Gustave Speth served as member and chairman of the U.S. Council on Environmental Quality during the Carter Administration and from 1993 to 1999 was Administrator of the United Nations Development Programme and served as chair of the UN Development Group. A retired Professor of Law and Senior Fellow at the Vermont Law School, he has also taught at Georgetown and Yale. He is the founder of World Resources Institute and a cofounder of Natural Resources Defense Council.



Event date: 
Friday, November 12, 2021 - 7:00pm
Event address: 
Online via Zoom Webinar!
Norwich, VT 05055-0307
Prosperity in the Fossil-Free Economy: Cooperatives and the Design of Sustainable Businesses By Melissa K. Scanlan Cover Image
ISBN: 9780300253993
Availability: Backordered (email to check availability)
Published: Yale University Press - September 28th, 2021

A blueprint for creating sustainable businesses, emphasizing the power and potential of cooperative models
“[An] important take on achieving a cleaner and safer world. . . . [Scanlan] envisions a future where green policies go hand-in-hand with worker empowerment, and provides a detailed blueprint for how to get there. . . .

They Knew: The US Federal Government's Fifty-Year Role in Causing the Climate Crisis By James Gustave Speth, Julia Olson (Introduction by), Philip Gregory (Introduction by) Cover Image
By James Gustave Speth, Julia Olson (Introduction by), Philip Gregory (Introduction by)
ISBN: 9780262542982
Availability: Usually Available in 2-10 Business Days
Published: The MIT Press - August 24th, 2021

A devastating, play-by-play account of the federal government's leading role in bringing about today's climate crisis.

Prosperity in the Fossil-Free Economy, by Melissa K Scanlan - Friday, November 12 at 7pm ET!
Event Summary: 
Melissa K Scanlan's new book presents A blueprint for creating sustainable businesses, emphasizing the power and potential of cooperative models.

The Norwich Bookstore is locally owned, community focused, and proudly independent!