Recommended Reading List

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Business/Economics

The Age of Sustainable Development by Jeffrey D. Sachs 

Business Lessons from a Radical Industrialist by Ray C. Anderson

Cool Companies: How the Best Businesses Boost Profits and Productivity by Cutting Greenhouse-Gas Emissions by Joseph J. Romm

Dancing with the Tiger: Learning Sustainability Step by Natural Step by Brian Nattrass and Mary Altomare 

Deep Economy: The Wealth of Communities and the Durable Future by Bill McKibben 

Designer's Atlas of Sustainability: Charting the Conceptual Landscape through Economy, Ecology and Culture by Ann Thorpe 

Eco-Economy: Building an Economy for the Earth by Lester R. Brown

From Uneconomic Growth to a Steady-State Economy by Herman E. Daly

The Future: Six Drivers of Global Change by Al Gore 

The Green Collar Economy: How One Solution Can Fix Our Two Biggest Problems by Van Jones

The Natural Step for Business: Wealth, Ecology and The Evolutionary Corporation by Brian Nattress and Mary Altomare 

The Natural Step for Communities: How Cities and Towns Can Change to Sustainable Practices by Sarah James, Torbjörn Lahti 

The Necessary Revolution: How Individuals and Organizations are Working Together to Create a Sustainable World by Peter Senge 

Reinventing Fire: Bold Business Solutions for the New Energy Era by Amory Lovins 

The Responsibility Revolution: How the Next Generation of Businesses Will Win by Jeffrey Hollender and Bill Breen

This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs the Climate by Naomi Klein 

The Transition Handbook: From Oil Dependency to Local Resilience by Rob Hopkins 

Winning the Oil Endgame by Amory B. Lovins, E. Kyle Datta, Odd-Even Bustnes, Jonathan G. Koomey and Nathan J. Glasgow 

The World Economy by Angus Maddison 

The World is Flat by Thomas L. Friedman

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Classics

An Inconvenient Truth by Al Gore

Arithmetic, Population and Energy by Dr. Albert A. Brooks 

Diet for a Small Planet  by Frances Moore Lappe

The Ecology of Commerce Revised Edition: A Declaration of Sustainability by Paul Hawken 

Food Inc.: A Participant Guide: How Industrial Food is Making Us Sicker, Fatter and Poorer – And What You Can Do About It edited by Karl B. Weber 

Hot, Flat and Crowded: Why We Need a Green Revolution – and How It Can Renew America by Thomas L. Friedman

Merchants of Doubt: How a Handful of Scientists Obscured the Truth on Issues from Tobacco Smoke to Global Warming by Naomi Oreskes and Erik M. Conway 

Natural Capitalism: Creating the Next Industrial Revolution by Paul Hawken, Amory Lovins, L. Hunter Lovins 

The Natural Step Story: Seeding a Quiet Revolution by Karl-Henrik Robèrt 

Silent Spring by Rachel Carson 

The Story of Stuff: How Our Obsession with Stuff is Trashing the Planet, Our Communities, and Our Health – And a Vision for Change by Annie Leonard 

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Climate Change/Global Warming

An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power by Al Gore 

Cool Companies: How the Best Businesses Boost Profits and Productivity by Cutting Greenhouse-Gas Emissions by Joseph J. Romm

Designer's Atlas of Sustainability: Charting the Conceptual Landscape through Economy, Ecology and Culture by Ann Thorpe 

Down-to-Earth Guide to Global Warming by Laurie David and Cambria Gordon

The End of Nature by Bill McKibben

Exposed: The Toxic Chemistry of Everyday Products and What's at Stake for American Power by Mark Schapiro 

Global Weirdness: Severe Storms, Deadly Heat Waves, Relentless Drought, Rising Seas, and the Weather of the Future by Climate Central 

Plan B 4.0: Mobilizing to Save Civilization by Lester R. Brown

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Consumption

Affluenza: How Overconsumption is Killing Us – and How to Fight Back by John De Graaf, David Wann, Thomas H. Naylor 

Architecture & Design vs. Consumerism: How Design Activism Confronts Growth by Ann Thorpe 

Confessions of an Eco-Sinner: Tracking Down the Sources of My Stuff by Fred Pearce 

Consumed: How Markets Corrupt Children, Infantilize Adults, and Swallow Citizens Whole by Benjamin R. Barber 

Consumer's Guide to Effective Environmental Choices: Practical Advice from the Union of Concerned Scientists by Michael Brower, Warren Leon, Union of Concerned Scientists staff 

The Environment Equation: 100 Factors That Can Add to or Subtract From Your Total Carbon Footprint by Alex Shimo-Barry 

Farewell, My Subaru: An Epic Adventure in Local Living by Doug Fine

The Lazy Environmentalist: Your Guide to Easy, Stylish, Green Living by Josh Dorfman 

Our Ecological Footprint: Reducing Human Impact on the Earth by Williams E. Rees, Mathis Wackernagel, Phil Testemale

Simple Prosperity: Finding Real Wealth in a Sustainable Lifestyle by David Wann

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Design

The Upcycle: Beyond Sustainability – Designing for Abundance by William McDonough and Michael Braungart 

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Environmental History

Changes in the Land: Indians, Colonists, and the Ecology of New England by William Cronan 

Down to Earth: Nature's Role in American History by Ted Steinberg 

The Environment and the People in American Cities, 1600s–1900s: Disorder, Inequality, and Social Change by Dorceta E. Taylor

Green, Inc.: An Environmental Insider Reveals How A Good Cause Has Gone Bad by Christine MacDonald 

The Johnstown Flood by David McCullough

Managing the Environment, Managing Ourselves: A History of American Environmental Policy by Richard N. L. Andrews 

Oil and Honey: The Education of an Unlikely Activist by Bill McKibben 

Republic of Nature: An Environmental History of the United States by Mark Fiege

The Sanitary City: Environmental Services in Urban America from Colonial Times to the Present by Martin V. Melosi 

Something New Under the Sun: An Environmental History of the Twentieth-Century World by J. R. McNeill 

The Sustainability Revolution: Portrait of a Paradigm Shift by Andres R. Edwards 

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Faith-Based

Serve God, Save the Planet: A Christian Call to Action by J. Matthew Sleeth, MD 

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Food

Cooked: A Natural History of Transformation by Michael Pollan

In Defense of Food: An Eater's Manifesto by Michael Pollan 

Omnivore's Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals by Michael Pollan 

Omnivore's Dilemma: The Secrets Behind What You Eat (Young Readers Edition) by Michael Pollan

Public Produce: The New Urban Agriculture by Darrin Nordahl 

Public Produce: Cultivating Our Parks, Plazas, and Streets for Healthier Cities by Darrin Nordahl 

Stuffed and Starved: The Hidden Battle for the World Food System by Raj Patel 

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Gore, Al

An Inconvenient Truth by Al Gore 

An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power by Al Gore

The Assault on Reason by Al Gore

Earth in the Balance: Ecology and the Human Spirit by Al Gore

The Future: Six Drivers of Global Change by Al Gore

Our Choice: A Plan to Solve the Climate Crisis by Al Gore 

Our Choice: How We Can Solve the Climate Crisis (Young Readers Edition) by Al Gore

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Social Sustainability

Blessed Unrest: How the Largest Social Movement in History is Restoring Grace, Justice and Beauty to the World by Paul Hawken 

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Soil/Composting

Dirt: The Erosion of Civilizations by David R. Montgomery

Know Soil Know Life by David L. Lindbo, Deb A. Kozlowsi, Clay Robinson (editors) 

Soil Biology Primer by Elaine R. Ingham

Worms Eat My Garbage: How to Setup & Maintain a Vermicomposting System by Mary Appelhof 

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Systems Thinking

Thinking in Systems: A Primer by Donella H. Meadows

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Water

Precious Commodity: Providing Water for America's Cities by Martin V. Melosi

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Miscellaneous Titles

eaarth: Making a Life on a Tough New Planet by Bill McKibben 

Environmental Science: Toward a Sustainable Future (ninth edition) by Richard T. Wright 

Feasted Landscapes: Sustainability in American Topics Vols. 1 & 2 by Lori De La Cruz, Brandon Morton, Yolanda Romero and Roy Vu 

The Sacred Balance: Rediscovering Our Place in Nature by David Suzuki 

A Slice of Organic Life edited by Sheherazade Goldsmith 

The Urban Homestead: Your Guide to Self-Sufficient Living in the Heart of the City by Kelly Coyne and Erik Knutzen 

Wandering Home: A Long Walk Across America's Most Hopeful Landscape by Bill McKibben 

Worldchanging: A User's Guide for the 21st Century by Alex Steffen (editor) 

Worldchanging, Revised Edition: A User's Guide for the 21st Century by Alex Steffen (editor) 

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Northwest Earth Institute Discussion Courses

Global Warming: Changing Course

A four-session course exploring the history and science of global warming, personal values and habits as they relate to climate change, and personal actions to curb the effects of global warming. 

Choices for Sustainable Living

A seven-session course exploring the meaning of sustainable living and the ties between lifestyle choices and their impact on ecological systems. 

Menu for the Future

A six-session course exploring the connection between food and sustainability. 

Voluntary Simplicity

A five-session course addressing the distractions of modern society that keep us from caring for ourselves, our relationships, and the environment 

Healthy Children — Healthy Planet

A seven-session course that discusses how the pervasive effects of advertising, media, and our consumer culture can influence a child's view of the world. 

Discovering a Sense of Place

A seven-session course focusing on knowing and protecting our place. 

Exploring Deep Ecology

An eight-session course addressing core values and how they affect the way we view and treat the earth.