The Unofficial ‘Celsias' Summer Reading List

booksWe are all blog readers.  On a daily basis, we peruse our favorites to gain a reasonable insight to important issues and current news.  However, blogs are often not the most suitable medium for in-depth coverage of heavy disciplines (‘often' being the key word, as I have learned more about some issues than I ever thought I would on Celsias).  To obtain the much-needed, comprehensive knowledge on heavy disciplines, I turn to books... I mean e-books.  Since I get the majority of my free reading accomplished during the summer, I presumed a thorough, environmentally oriented reading list was in order.  Here is a shortened list that I received from Arizona State's School of Sustainability. 

Good reading!

New York Times Best Sellers:

Friedman, Thomas----- On globalization

1. The Lexus and the Olive Tree (1999)

2. The World is Flat (2005)

Gladwell, Malcolm----How ideas are absorbed into society

1. The Tipping Point (2002)

2. Blink (2007)

Diamond, Jared

1. Guns, Germs, and Steel (2004) ---why the West outpaced the rest of the world

2. Collapse (2005) ----why past societies dissolved due to environmental pressures

Wilson, E.O.

1. Consilience: The Unity of Knowledge----- an appeal to interdisciplinarity

2. The Creation: An Appeal to Save Life on Earth----- why the missions within religion and science should mesh

Flannery, Tim---On Climate Change

1. The Weather Makers: How Man is Changing the Climate and What it Means for Life on Earth

Books with sustainability in the title:

1. Norton, Bryan. 2005. Sustainability: A Philosophy of Adaptive Ecosystem Management

2. Dresner, Simon. 2002. The Principles of Sustainability

3. Edwards, Andres. 2005. The Sustainability Revolution: Portrait of a Paradigm Shift

4. Rogers, Peter, Jalal F. Kazi, John A. Boyd. 2005.  An Introduction to Sustainable Development

Business approach to sustainability:

The following books address the fact that companies need to be concerned with the triple bottom line and that sustainability principles will be both profitable economically and environmentally.

l. Hawken, Paul. 1993. The Ecology of Commerce: A Declaration of Sustainability

2. McKibben, Bill.  2007.  Deep Economy: The Wealth of Communities and the Durable Future

3. McKibben, Bill.  The End of Nature. Random House Trade Paperbacks

4. Anderson, Ray. 1999. Mid-Course Correction: Toward a Sustainable Enterprise: The Interface Model

5. McDonough, William and Michael Braungart. 2002. Cradle to Cradle: Remaking the Way We Make Things

6. Hawken, Paul, Amory Lovins, and L. Hunter Lovins. 2000.  Natural Capitalism: Creating the Next Industrial Revolution

7. Willard, Bob. 2005. The Next Sustainability Wave: Building Boardroom Buy-in

8. Brown, Lester R. 2005. Outgrowing the Earth

Sustainable Urbanism:

1. Worldwatch Institute. 2007. State of the World 2007: Our Urban Future

2. Garreau, Joel. 1992. Edge City: Life on the New Frontier. Anchor, 576pp.

3. Beatley, Timothy. 2004. Native to Nowhere: Sustaining Home and Community in a Global Age 

4. Landry, Charles. 2000. The Creative City

5. Landry, Charles. 2007.  The Art of City Making

6. Kunstler, James Howard. 1993. The Geography of Nowhere

Resilience Theory:

1. Levin, Simon. 2000. Fragile Dominion: Complexity and the Commons

2. Gunderson, Lance H., C. S. Holling and Stephen S. Light. 1995. Barriers and Bridges to the Renewal of Regional Ecosystems         

3. Walker, Brian, David Salt and Walter Reid. 2006. Resilience Thinking: Sustaining Ecosystems and People in a Changing World


1. Turekian, Karl. 1996. Global Environmental Change: Past, Present and Future

2. Lovelock, Jim.  1979.  Gaia: a New Look at Life on Earth.

3. Weisman, Alan. 2008. The World Without Us?

4. Orr, David. 2004.  Earth in Mind

5. Benyus, Janine. 1997.  Biomimicry

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