Stephanie Mills

Fellow, Biodiversity & Bioregionalism


Stephanie Mills is a renowned author and lecturer on bioregionalism, ecological restoration, community economics, and voluntary simplicity. Her books include Tough Little Beauties (2007), Epicurean Simplicity (2002), and Turning Away from Technology (1997). An ecological activist for over 30 years, she has written or edited six books and countless articles, and edited a number of publications including Earth Times and CoEvolution Quarterly. Stephanie has lectured at numerous institutions, including the E.F. Schumacher Society, the Chicago Academy of Sciences, and the Harvard Graduate School of Design.

In her 1969 college commencement address Stephanie decried overpopulation and natural resource exploitation, and vowed to never have children — a statement The New York Times called "perhaps the most anguished...of the year's crop of valedictory speeches." In 1996 she was named by Utne Reader as one of the world's leading visionaries. Stephanie lives in Northwest Lower Michigan.


Coming Home: E.F. Schumacher and the Reinvention of the Local Economy

length:   credit: Chris Bedford   Dec 20, 2013

Chris Bedfords new 37 minutes film tells the story of the E.F. Schumacher Societys remarkable work that includes founding of the nations first CSA, economic development based on Community Land Trusts, and the creation of the nations most successful local currency BerkShares.

This film offers anyone thinking about relocalization of their communitys economy an inspirational model and a practical guide to that change, said Denise OBrien, candidate for Iowa Secretary of Agriculture. Schumachers vision has never been more relevant.

The video includes contributions from PCI Fellow Stephanie Mills.

Latest Publications

From the Pleistocene to the Motor City: Revolutions in human ecology

Stephanie Mills    Apr 27, 2011   

This is the text of the keynote address delivered April 22, 2011 at the XVIIIth Conference of the Society for Human Ecology. Introduction It’s Earth Day yet again. Scores of us have flown or driven thousands of … >>


Stephanie Mills    Jan 03, 2011   

EXCERPT: As it has grown in numbers and technological might, the human race has become a force of geophysical proportion, on par with the asteroid that struck the Yucatan during the Cretaceous era, dethroning … >>

The Post Carbon Reader

Stephanie Mills

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

Mills interviewed on KRCB

Stephanie Mills  

Post Carbon Fellow Stephanie Mills was interviewed about here chapter for the Post Carbon Reader - Biodiverstiy-Peak Nature.  From the post: The rate of extinctions globally is now hundreds, perhaps thousands oftimes … >>