Sustainability Books

Books and articles about sustainability

Please browse the following collection of books and resources that have been identified as important works for students and educators. If you have any suggestions for additional resources that should be included here please let us know.


Sustainability Education


Behavior Analysis


Transition Towns

Full Annotated Bibliography with citations and descriptions available here

Sustainability Books

Biomimicry: Innovation Inspired by Nature. by Jenine Benyus

Natural Capitalism: Creating the Next Industrial Revolution.  by Paul Hawken

Limits to Growth: The 30-Year Update. by Meadows, Randers, and Meadows

Blessed Unrest: How the Largest Movement in the World Came into Being, and Why No one Saw it Coming.  by Paul Hawken

The Ecology of Commerce: A Declaration of Sustainability.    by Paul Hawken

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

Cradle to Cradle: Remaking the Way we Make Things.   by McDonough and Braungart

Omnivores Dilemma: by Michael Pollon 

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Sustainability Education

The Nature of Design: Ecology, Culture, and Human Intention.  by David Orr

Ecological Literacy: Education and the Transition to a Postmodern World.  by David Orr

The Sustainability Curriculum: the Challenge for Higher Education.  by Blewitt and Cullingford

Earth in Mind: On Education, Environment, and the Human Prospect.  by David Orr

Higher Education for Sustainability: Cases, Challenges, and Opportunities from Across the Curriculum. by Jones, Shelby, and Stirling.

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The Wealth of Nature: Environmental History and the Ecological Imagination.  by David Worster

Walden: And Civil Disobedience. Thoreau

Silent Spring:  by Rachel Carson

Cadillac Desert: by Marc Reisner

A Sand County Almanac, and Sketches Here and There:  by Aldo Leopold

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Gaia's Garden: A Guide to Homescale Furniture. by Toby Hemenway

Permaculture. by Bill Mollison and David Holmgren

Edible Forest Gardens Volume 1. by Dave Jacke and Eric Toensmeier

Edible Forest Gardens Volume 2. by Dave Jacke and Eric Toensmeier

Introduction to Permaculture. by Mollison, Slay, and Jeeves

One Straw Revolution. by Fukuoka

Gaviotas: A Village to Reinvent the World.  by Alan Weisman

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Transition Towns    

The Transition Handbook. by Rob Hopkins

The Transition Companion. by Rob Hopkins

Principles and Pathways Beyond Sustainability. by David Holmgren

The Post Carbon Reader. by Richard Feinberg

Peak Everything: Waking Up to the Century of Declines. by Richard Heinberg

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Behavior Analysis

Environmental Problems and Behavioral Solutions. by Cone and Hayes

Behavior Analysis and Environmental Protection. by Accomplishments, Behavior, and Social Issues. by Lehman and Geller

Why Are We Not Acting to Save the World? by Skinner

Twenty Years Later: Why Are We Not Acting to Save the World? A Guest Editorial. by Rumph, Ninness, McCuller, and Ninness. 

In Response: Can We Consume Our Way out of Climate Change? by L. Grant

Special Section: The Human Response to Climate Change. Ideas From Behavior Analysis. by Howard and Chance. 

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Engineering and Manufacturing

Advances in Sustainable Manufacturing. by G. Selinger, M. Khraisheh, and I. Jawa

Green Manufacturing: Fundamentals and Applications. by David Dornfield

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Heward, W. L., & Chance, P. (Guest Eds.). (2010). Special section: The human response to climate change: Ideas from behavior analysis. The Behavior Analyst, 33, 145–206.


Grant, L. (2011).  In response: Can we consume our way out of climate change? A call for analysis. The Behavior Analyst, 34, 245–266 No. 2 (Fall)

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Lehman, Philip K & Geller, S. (2004). Behavior analysis and environmental protection: Accomplishments. Behavior and Social Issues. Spring/Summer 13 (1).


Rumph, R., Ninness, C., McCuller, G., Ninness, S. K. (2005). Guest editorial: Twenty years later, commentary on Skinner’s “Why we are not acting to save the world”. Behavior and Social
            Issues, 14, 1-6.

Targowski, A. (2011). Towards a Wise Civilization (book chapter) Information Technology and Wisdom Development  pp.185-218

Targowski, A. (2013). Wise Civilization (book chapter) Harnessing the Power of Wisdom  pp. 123-136

Targowski, A. (2012). Spirituality 2.0: A Condition for a Wise Civilization. Dialogue and Universalism. Vol. xx  2012 no. 2. Pp. 133-143

Targowski, A. (2012). From Declining Western Civilization towards Wise Civilization, Competing and Sustaining in Business-driven Globalization. Electronic Journal of Management Science and
            Informatics. (RECAI Revista Electronica en Ciencias Administrativas e Informatica). Universidad Autonoma del Estado de Mexico. Vol.1. No.2.


Targowski, A. ”From Data to Wisdom in the Global and Civilizational Context, The Cognitive Perspective.(The Sustainability-oriented Information Systems Architecture of Wise
                Civilization)  Proceedings of the CENTRIS 2010, Conference on Enterprise Information Systems. 20-22, October, 2010, Viana do Castelo (Porto), Portugal.