Online Resources


J. G. Speth. 2009. The Bridge at the Edge of the World: Capitalism, the Environment, and Crossing from Crisis to Sustainability. Yale University Press. — Speth contends that the reason the environment has continued to decline is a severe indictment of the economic and political system we call modern capitalism.

Michael Brower and Warren Leon. 1999. The Consumer's Guide to Effective Environmental Choices: Practical Advice from the Union of Concerned Scientist. Three Rivers Press. — A sensible book that erases guilt, challenges us to think, and provides guidelines to help us make ecologically wise choices.

William McDonough and Michael Braungart. 2002. Cradle to Cradle. North Point Press. — McDonough and Braungart explain how products can be designed from the outset so that, after their useful lives, they will provide nourishment for something new.

Paul Hawken. 1993. The Ecology of Commerce: A Declaration of Sustainability. Harper Business. — The world has changed in the seventeen years since the controversial initial publication of Paul Hawken's Ecology of Commerce, a stirring treatise about the perceived antagonism between ecology and business. Yet Hawken's impassioned argument--that business both causes the most egregious abuses of the environment and, crucially, holds the most potential for solving our sustainability problems--is more relevant and resonant than ever.

Herman E. Daly and John B. Cobb. 1989. For the Common Good: Redirecting the Economy Toward Community, the Environment, and a Sustainable Future. Beacon Press. — A classic in the area of economic theory.

Alan Durning. 1992. How Much is Enough? The Consumer Society and the Future of the Earth. W. W. Norton and Company. — Durning challenges the all-pervasive notion that more is better.

L. Lovins, A. Lovins, & P. Hawkin. 2008. Natural Capitalism. Back Bay Books. — Three top strategists show how leading-edge companies are practicing "a new type of industrialism" that is more efficient and profitable while saving the environment and creating jobs.

Naomi Klein. 2000. No Logo: Taking Aim at the Brand Bullies. Random House of Canada. — Klien examines the economic and social effects of corporate globalization.

Lisa Mastny. 2003. Purchasing Power: Harnessing Institutional Procurement for People and the Planet. State of the World Library. — Mastny shows that through the things we buy, large institutions wield great influence over the future of our planet.

E. F. Schumacher. 1999. Small is Beautiful. Hartley and Marks. — The common-sense economics in Small is Beautiful has done much, including shaping recent trends towards community, self-sufficiency and back-to-basics economics.

Bob Willard. 2002. The Sustainability Advantage: Seven Business Case Benefits of a Triple Bottom Line. New Society Publishers. — This book convincingly shows that the business paybacks of sustainable development strategies are quantifiable and real.

Andres Edwards. 2005. The Sustainability Revolution. New Society Publishers. — Edwards analyzes sustainability as defined by community, commerce, resource extraction, ecological design and the biosphere. The book shows that sustainability in practice has become the springboard for millions of individuals throughout the world who are forging the fastest and most profound social transformation of our time – The Sustainability Revolution.

Joe Dominguez and Vicki Robin. 1994. Your Money or Your Life: Transforming Your Relationship with Money and Achieving Financial Independence. Penguin Putnam Inc. — This book shows you how to change your relationship with money in order to attain a wholeness of livelihood and lifestyle.