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Books By Topic

he EcoOutlet carries books covering a wide range of topics related to creating a sustainable future. To facilitate browsing, we have described and displayed our books by topicVisa MC below and on linked pages. Where a book covers more than one topic (as is often the case), it is listed under each. A simple alphabetical list (by title) of all of the books The EcoOutlet carries is available here.

Designing SUstainable Communities


Books cover sustainable communities and development, sustainable business, industrial ecology, ecological design principles, and environmental stewardship. Consumption patterns and choices, changing values and worldviews, environmental justice, voluntary simplicity, and creating environmental careers are also covered. More information here.

Land Use

Books cover land use and community planning, growth and economic development, urban and suburban decline and restoration, smart growth, new urbanism, traffic calming, civic activism and collaboration, environmental justice, conserving the living urban environment, protecting urban waters, social equity and environmental health, ecological design, and adaptive reuse. More information here.

Community Planning
The Heat Is On

Air & Atmosphere

Books cover global warming, businesses profiting by improving energy efficiency, disinformation campaigns by oil and coal companies, issues and concepts of the global commons, NASA space photography, air quality improvement, indoor air pollution prevention, air toxics, impacts on ocean ecosystems, community-level programs, and related social equity issues. More information here.

Water & Wastewater

Books cover threats to our oceans, combating water polluters, a management regime for the global ocean commons, water conservation, water efficient landscaping, protecting coastal waters and wetlands from development impacts, photographs illustrating the state of the world's water, water borne toxics, water pollution prevention, and protecting urban waters. More information here.

The Riverkeepers
Charging Ahead


Books cover renewable energy development, energy conservation in homes, businesses, and government agencies, alternative fueled vehicles, selling energy efficiency, the dangers of nuclear power, energy efficient building and remodeling, energy efficient community design, energy and air quality, energy and global warming, and careers in sustainable energy. More information here.

Transportation & Communication

Books cover transportation planning, electric and other alternative fueled vehicles, community design for sustainable transportation, traffic calming, transportation and environmental justice, air and water quality and global warming impacts of transportation choices, selling transit systems, promoting walking and bicycling, and citizen and neighborhood advocacy. More information here.

Future Drive
Fostering Sustainable Behavior

Solid Waste & Recycling

Books cover the selling of recycling, reuse, and waste reduction, methods for composting yard and kitchen wastes, hazardous waste management, use of recycled materials in construction, remodeling, and landscaping, design for recyclability, adaptive reuse, careers in recycling and waste management, and municipal and business recycling. More information here.

Toxic & Hazardous Materials

Books cover the Love Canal story, lead-proofing a home, hazardous waste management, home and building design to reduce toxics in indoor air, how to handle toxic substances in a home, staying healthy in a risky environment, careers in toxics management, toxic exposure and environmental justice, nuclear waste hazards, and toxic threats to our rivers and oceans. More information here.

Lova Canal
Lead Is A Silent Hazard

Pollution Prevention

Books cover how to design and build a healthy home, reducing lead hazards to children, using fewer polluting chemicals at home, design of products for nontoxicity, pollution prevention in business, pollution prevention and renewable energy, pollution prevention and recycling, careers in pollution prevention, avoiding health risks, and urban design to prevent pollution. More information here.

Green Design & Building

Books cover ecological and ecosystem design principles, designing and building a natural and healthy home, the management principles involved in the certification of forest products, adaptive reuse of existing structures, the practical issues related to many types of straw bale building, remodeling for energy efficiency, and sustainable urban design principles. More information here.

The Natural Plaster Book
Greening School Grounds

Urban Greening

Books cover greening school grounds, home landscaping and gardening, landscaping with native plants, water conserving landscaping, composting, understanding urban ecosystems, protecting urban rivers, wetlands, and coasts, promoting urban open space, pathways, and parks, and planning and development to promote the living urban environment. More information here.

Conserving the Built Environment

Books cover conserving and restoring the urban and suburban built environments, the federal role in fostering disaster recovery and the construction of more disaster-resistant communities, adaptive reuse of existing structures, environmentally beneficial remodeling of existing structures, and reducing lead hazards in older homes and structures. More information here.

Confronting Suburban Decline also carries a substantial collection of documentary and educational videos covering the topics listed here.

Featured Books

The Ecology of PlaceThe Ecology of Place. By Timothy Beatley & Kristy Manning. Current patterns of land use and development are socially, economically, and environmentally destructive. Sprawling low-density development devours natural landscapes while breeding a pervasive sense of social isolation. Beatley and Manning describe an alternative in which land is consumed sparingly, cities and towns are vibrant and green, local economies thrive, and citizens work together to create places of enduring value. More…
Cool CompaniesCool Companies. By Joseph J. Romm. Some companies have looked beyond the current global warming stalemate to see the prospect of reducing greenhouse gas emissions not as a roadblock to growth and innovation but as an opportunity to increase profits and productivity. These "cool" companies understand the strategic importance of reducing heat-trapping emissions and have worked to cut them by at least fifty percent. More…
Design for a Livable PlanetDesign for a Livable Planet. By Jon Naar. Our world is far too precious and fragile to be entrusted to corporations and government agencies. We must all take part in solving environmental problems. This book explains the causes of environmental damage and offers practical steps you can take. Includes major sections covering garbage and wastes, toxics, water quality, air pollution, acid rain, deforestation, global warming, radiation, renewable energy, environmental law, ecoadvocacy, and green purchasing. More…
Ocean's End. By Colin WoodardOcean's End. By Colin Woodard. In this landmark call to action, Woodard confronts one of the major environmental problems of our time - the fate of the oceans. Once thought to be limitless reservoirs constantly renewing themselves, the oceans are in fact bounded seas. Pollution, harmful fishing practices, and global warming are causing the collapse of fisheries, the deaths of coral reefs, and the creation of massive dead zones. An eyewitness view of how and why the oceans are in trouble. More…
In Earth's CompanyIn Earth's Company. By Carl Frankel. In recent years, people have looked more and more to business to take its share of responsibility for the state of the Earth. But how business should go about this has remained something of a puzzle. Well-known business and environment writer Carl Frankel deftly gathers the pieces of the puzzle together. He discusses corporate strategies for improving the business record on the environment and for making the entire industrial system more sustainable. More…
The Curious NaturalistThe Curious Naturalist. By Jennifer G. Ackerman, et al. Following a tradition that goes back to Aristotle, naturalists explore habitats with a keen eye, observing and identifying life forms and discovering the connections that bind them. In nine North American ecosystems ranging from backyards to woodlands, from grasslands to sandy shores, renowned naturalists, writers and photographers show us how to understand natural systems. Includes 356 full-color photographs and paintings. More…
Disasters and DemocracyDisasters and Democracy. By Rutherford H. Platt. Presidential declarations of "major disasters" have skyrocketed. Such declarations make emergency relief funds available, but is federalizing the costs of disasters helping or making matters worse? Does it remove incentives for individuals and local communities to protect themselves? Disasters and Democracy addresses the political response to disasters, focusing on the changing role of the federal government. More…
Saving Cities Saving MoneySaving Cities Saving Money. By John Hart. Cities and towns, large and small, can conserve resources, improve environmental quality, and save money. They can do this by promoting the efficient use of energy, water, materials, and land, as well as by recycling waste. Saving Cities Saving Money is a distillation of innovative policies and working programs in the most prominent and interesting American and European cities that have established offices for coordinating environmental management. More…
Eco-City DimensionsEco-City Dimensions. By Mark Roseland. Many global environmental concerns are rooted at the local level, in the cities in which most of us live. It follows that local communities may well offer the brightest promise for solving these pressing world-scale problems. Eco-City Dimensions demonstrates that movement is definitely under way toward implementing the vision of eco-cities, and it shows how citizen organizations and municipal officials around the world are initiating solutions. More…
Better Not BiggerBetter, Not Bigger. By Eben V. Fodor. Most cities are busily doing everything they can to grow as fast as possible. More people, more jobs, and more real estate, we are told, will make our cities better and enhance our quality of life. So isn't urban growth good for us? Fodor asserts that bigger is not necessarily better. Growth - especially rapid growth - can leave communities permanently scarred, deeply in debt, drowning in traffic, with unaffordable housing, a lost sense of community, and sacrificed environmental quality. More…
Accidental CityAccidental City. By Robert Fulford. Toronto is one of the world's great cities and the commercial and cultural capital of English-speaking Canada. But it is also a classic example of a modern city that has sustained and withstood every kind of urban force. Robert Fulford, in this compelling book, recounts the exciting story of the postwar transformation of an aging city. In a narrative that moves from one part of Toronto to another, he paints a portrait of the city, its recent history, its urban planning, and its economic growth. More…
Act Now, Apologize LaterAct Now, Apologize Later. By Adam Werbach. In an impassioned clarion call against Washington's alarming assault on our environmental laws, Werbach writes "It's time to evolve from an aging movement that reacts to emergencies to a youthful movement with 'activision.' Activision is activism powered by a broad vision for future generations. Activision follows the principle of Go'alah, sometimes forsaking the details for the big picture." Werbach was the president of the Sierra Club at twenty-four. More…
The Aquarian ConspiracyThe Aquarian Conspiracy. By Marilyn Ferguson. The Aquarian Conspiracy: Personal and Social Transformation in Our Time describes the activities of thinkers, businesspeople, scientists and politicians who are working to create a different kind of society based on a vastly enlarged concept of human potential. According to The New York Times, this "alternative thought… is working its way increasingly into the nation's cultural, religious, social, economic, and political life." More…
Better Environmental DecisionsBetter Environmental Decisions. Edited by Ken Sexton, et al. Each chapter describes an important aspect of environmental decision-making, identifies key issues, problems, and barriers, and recommends ways to improve both the process and the final result. It is a reference and resource for anyone involved with environmental decision making, including legislators, regulators, business and environmental managers, environmental advocates, community activists, and reporters. More…
Fragile DominionFragile Dominion. By Simon Levin. Biological diversity is not just a source of aesthetic pleasure. The earth's abundant plant and animal life provides food, fiber, and a wellspring of pharmaceuticals. It performs services - from stabilizing coastlines to trapping toxic pollutants - that are essential to our survival. But our planet is losing its biological diversity at an alarming rate. Levin draws on the science of complexity to shed light on the evolution and maintenance of biodiversity on our planet. More…
Living With The LandLiving With The Land. Edited by Christine Meyer & Faith Moosang. Industrial "progress" has destroyed so much - sources of food and medicine, the knack of living in harmony with each other and the Earth, and even the imagination to envision more sustainable ways of living. Living With the Land restores our imagination by bringing us the stories of more than 20 communities struggling successfully to regain control of their land or neighborhoods and to rebuild sustainable environments. More…
Promise AheadPromise Ahead. By Duane Elgin. Promise Ahead is a breathtaking view of the future that is relevant to anyone seeking to navigate through our changing world. Based on thirty years of research by one of the foremost thinkers about the future, it is the sequel to Elgin's bestselling Voluntary Simplicity, which changed the lives of thousands and was called the "bible" of the simplicity movement by the Wall Street Journal. In Promise Ahead, Elgin looks beneath the headlines to reveal the deeper currents. More…

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