Sunday, February 10

Book List

This list is for people interested in learning about Sustainability, and needing a place to start. These books are wonderful resources. [This list will expand over time, so please check back]

Cradle to Cradle: Remake the Way We Make Things
by William McDonough and Michael Braungart
ISBN-10: 0-86547-587-3

Mid-Course Correction
by Ray C. Anderson
ISBN 0-9645953-5-4
Chairman and CEO of Interface Inc., Ray C. Anderson reflects upon how he came to believe in sustainability and implemented in his corporation with the goal of becoming a restorative company. This is a fantastic case study of sustainability in the real world. 

Biomimicry: Innovation Inspired By Nature 
by Janine M. Benyus
ISBN 0-06-053322-6
Janine takes us through a series of interesting applications that look to nature for solutions to the problem of human survival. Think of trying to harness the sun's power like a leaf, or being able to weave materials ten times strong than steel, like a spider.  All without the harsh effects of mining and processing. These are the kinds of inspiring topics in this book.

The Ecology of Commerce: A Declaration of Sustainability
by Paul Hawken
ISBN-13: 978-08877307041
In this book, Paul Hawken proposes a culture that is mutually inclusive of business and the natural world.

World Changing: A User's Guide to the 21st Century
by Alex Steffen
ISBN-13: 978-0810930957
This book is packed with information on the 
environment, sustainability and possible futures. It introduces a number of issues and concepts, and is wonderful reference book.

The Small-Mart Revolution: How Local Businesses are Beating the Global Competition.
by Michael H. Shuman
ISBN 978-1-57675-466-5
This is the reason I list ISBN numbers over providing Amazon links, you should be going to your local bookstore, and they should be carrying this book. Being sustainable is as much about local community development as it is buying organic and recycling. 

1 comment:

Gina said...

Hi, I hope you don't mind, but I've shared your list with the acquisitions manager at the Art Center library.

The Art Center library has a list of green and sustainable books here:

...and would love to hear recommendations for other essential 'green' titles.