Ellen Kahler is the Executive Director of the Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund. Prior, she was the Executive Director of the Peace & Justice Center in Burlington, Vermont. Her best-known work at the Peace & Justice Center focused statewide attention on the issues of basic family needs, livable wages, and under-employment.

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The United States—indeed, the global community—is at a crossroads. We have a choice between two futures. The first is business as usual. In an effort to continue economic growth in the conventional sense (growing Gross Domestic Product with little concern for distribution of wealth), we exacerbate all of the problems that GDP growth is …

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