Asher Miller

Executive Director

Climate, Communities

phone +1 707.823.8700 x109

Asher became the Executive Director of Post Carbon Institute in October 2008, after having served as the manager of our former Relocalization Network program. He's worked in the nonprofit sector since 1996 in various capacities. Prior to joining Post Carbon Institute, Asher founded Climate Changers, an organization that inspires people to reduce their impact on the climate by focusing on simple and achievable actions anyone can take. Some of his previous roles include:

  • Partnership Director at Plugged In, an organization working in East Palo Alto, California that connects individuals and cultivates minds by creating the opportunity to produce, express, and contribute using technology;
  • International Production Coordinator at Steven Spielberg's Shoah Foundation, which created the largest video archive in the world, containing more than 52,000 interviews conducted in 56 countries around the world; and
  • Youth Manager at the Volunteer Center of Sonoma County, which engaged more than 800 teens a year in community service and education about social and environmental issues.
  • Ghostwriter of the autobiography of a Polish Holocaust survivor who fought as a partisan in the forests of Belarus.

Asher has served as a consultant to a number of other nonprofit organizations. He currently serves on the board of Transition United States.  Asher was born in the Netherlands, and has lived in Israel, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, Oregon, Connecticut, Colorado, and California. He currently lives in Santa Rosa, California with his wife and two children. Asher received his B.A. in Creative Writing from The Colorado College.


SPECIAL BRIEFING: Attacking Fracking's Achilles Heel -- Economics

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This is a recording of a special online briefing and conversation with Richard Heinberg and Deborah Rogers to explore how the anti-fracking community can turn the fracking industry's biggest weapon into their greatest vulnerability.

We’re being told that – thanks to technological advances like hydraulic fracturing and horizontal drilling – the US is undergoing an energy revolution, leading the US to become energy independent and huge economic benefits in communities where fracking is taking place.
The industry has used this hype over the so-called "shale revolution" to justify the massive spread of drilling, despite strong environmental concerns and community opposition.
But what if the industry's promise of plenty is really their Achilles' Heel? What if the "shale revolution" is really just a short-term bubble, leaving communities with little gain and a whole lot of pain.
Teaser image credit: Fracking Texas (section) - amymyou/flickr. Creative Commons 2.0 license.


Asher Miller on The Green Front

length: 1:00:00   credit: The Green Frontdownload   Feb 09, 2011

Asher Miller"I am devoting several programs to the topic of Preparing For Peak Oil in the wake of hearing two presentations on the topic that shocked even this battle-weary environmental journalist. First up on The Green Front is Asher Miller, Executive Director of The Post Carbon Institute. We'll talk about what to expect now that the national debt has far exceeded GDP and our demand for oil is quickly outpacing our ability to sustain consumption. Buckle up, this show - and subject matter - are not for the weak of heart nor meek of mind!"

Latest Publications

Quite Possibly the Dumbest Thing the Mustache Ever Wrote

Asher Miller    Sep 08, 2014   

Over the weekend The New York Times published what could very well be the dumbest column Thomas Friedman has ever written. I know, I know… How could that be possible after the incredibly wrong things he wrote … >>

YOU ARE HERE: The Oil Journey Presentation

Asher Miller    Dec 21, 2011   

YOU ARE HERE: THE OIL JOURNEY     Thanks to your support, we have just completed "You Are Here: The Oil Journey." This is a customizable presentation *you* can use to tell your own journey and to … >>

Climate After Growth

Asher Miller    Sep 30, 2013   

In this provocative paper, PCI Executive Director Asher Miller and Transition Movement Founder (and PCI Fellow) Rob Hopkins make a convincing case for why the environmental community must embrace post-growth economics and … >>

The Post Carbon Reader

Asher Miller

How do population, water, energy, food, and climate issues impact one another? What can we do to address one problem without making the others worse? The Post Carbon Reader features essays by some of the world’s most … >>

press coverage

Miller quoted on California shale at Bloomberg

Asher Miller  

Post Carbon Executive Director Asher Miller was quoted in this article on the EIA's California shale oil write down. From the article: As it happens, the Post Carbon Institute, a California sustainability consultancy, … >>