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Acts of Balance. By Grant Copeland. Can profits, people and place co-exist? Does conservation necessarily mean a loss of jobs? Acts of Balance examines case studies from different sectors and comes up with surprising answers. More...

After the Crash: The Emergence of the Rainbow Economy. By Guy Dauncey. The dangers of economic crash approach from one horizon, while from the other come the threats of ecological disaster. But while so much is falling apart, a new economy is in the making. In this positive and inspiring book, Dauncey traces the emergence of this new economy. More...

Beyond Malthus: Nineteen Dimensions of the Population Challenge. By Lester Brown. Examines the impacts of population growth on global resources and services, including food, fresh water, fisheries, jobs, education, income, and health. After examining the stakes involved in potentially adding another 3.3 billion people to the world population over the next fifty years, Brown and his co-authors call for expansion of international family planning assistance and new investment in educating young people - especially women - to promote a shift to smaller families. More…

The Business Guide to Sustainability. By Darcy Hitchcock and Marsha Willard. A no-nonsense guide on how to "green" your office or business. This easy-to-use manual has been written by top business consultants specifically to help managers, business owners, organizational leaders, and aspiring environmental managers and sustainability co-ordinators. It demystifies sustainability, untangles the plethora of sustainability frameworks, tools and practices, and makes it easy for the average person in any organization to move toward sustainability. As Kindle | More... | Darcy Hitchcock EcoSpeakers Info >>

Cannibals with Forks. By John Elkington. Cannibals with Forks argues that future business success will depend not just on profitability but also on two new bottom lines - environmental quality and social justice. More...

Competitive Environmental Strategy. By Andrew J. Hoffman. Examines the effects of environmentalism on corporate management, explaining how environmental forces are driving change and how managers can think about these issues in a strategic way. As Kindle | More...

Corporate Social Responsibility: Doing the Most Good for Your Company and Your Cause. By Nancy Lee and Philip Kotler. Explains why social responsibility is good for business. Shows business leaders how to choose social causes, design initiatives, gain employee support, and evaluate their efforts. Provides best practices and ideas to do the most good. With stories from the leaders of socially responsible companies, this is a guide for today's good corporate citizen. As Kindle | More... | Nancy Lee EcoSpeakers Info >>

Counting What Counts: Turning Corporate Accountability to Competitive Advantage. By Bill Birchard and Marc J. Epstein. Companies are moving beyond a “profits only” orientation and are now often "counting" other measures of value. Too often, managers routinely tolerate shortfalls in governance, performance measurement, control systems, and reporting. Counting What Counts outlines a practical approach to invigorating these essential drivers to improve decision making, clarify and communicate strategy, accelerate feedback and learning, and secure stakeholder loyalty – turning accountability into a competitive asset. More… | Bill Birchard EcoSpeakers Info >>

Crisis & Renewal: Meeting the Challenge of Organizational Change. By David K. Hurst. Crisis & Renewal presents a radical view of how all successful organizations evolve and renew themselves and of what managers must do to lead the revival. In the pursuit of performance, what were once self-selected roles become designated tasks, flexible teams become rigid structures, open networks give way to closed systems, and control supplants commitment. Renewal – changing a performance organization back into a learning organization – demands the restoration of excitement, emotional commitment, and values. More... | David K. Hurst EcoSpeakers Info >>

Dancing With the Tiger - Learning Sustainability Step by Natural Step. By Brian Nattrass and Mary Altomare. For corporations, communities and other organizations, the choreography of the dance toward sustainability has been systematized by The Natural Step: a framework that provides the science, analysis, methodologies and tools to use in the quest for sustainability. This book presents the stories of individuals, teams and organizations learning about change and sustainability, and then acting on that learning. Case studies include some of the most successful companies and communities in North America. As Kindle | More… | Brian Nattrass EcoSpeakers Info >>

The Earth Policy Reader. By Lester Brown. Award-winning environmental analyst Lester Brown and his colleagues chart progress in building an eco-economy that is compatible with the earth's ecosystem. Bringing together “Eco-Economy Updates” that are distributed worldwide and published in leading newspapers, The Earth Policy Reader monitors the shift from the old economy to the new. It explains why wind-generated electricity is emerging as key to the new post-fossil fuel energy economy as well as why an eco-economy relies heavily on recycling materials already in the system, such as steel and aluminum. As Kindle | More…

Eco-Economy: Building an Economy for the Earth. By Lester Brown. Brown argues that, like the Sumerian and Mayan civilizations, our economy is fast destroying its environmental support systems and threatening future generations. The challenge is to restructure the global economy, replacing our fossil fuel-based, automobile-centered, throwaway economy with a new one that is environmentally sustainable. This new economy will be powered not with fossil fuels but with solar and wind energy, and its urban transport systems will be centered not around the automobile but around light rail and the bicycle. As Kindle | More…

Eco-Nomics and Eagles. By Kate Troll. Eagles and logging had ended up on a collision course in one Alaska town’s effort to chart its future. “What good is an eagle if you can’t eat it?” The answer evolved into a pragmatic philosophy aimed at changing the jobs versus environment script into jobs and the environment. Through the use of nine eco-nomic principles, the objectives of economic development and environmental protection are melded into a platform for government officials, businesspersons, environmentalists, citizen activists, and students of resource management and environmental policy. More... | Kate Troll EcoSpeakers Info >>

Economics and the Environment. By Eban Goodstein. Provides a rigorous and comprehensive presentation of the “standard analysis,” including the property-rights basis of environmental problems, efficient pollution control, benefit-estimation procedures, and incentive based procedures. This text examines a broad range of topics in environmental and natural resource economics. It presents in-depth treatment of important issues at the cutting edge of environmental policy debates. The focus is on equipping students with the tools necessary to analyze current environmental issues as an economist would. As Kindle | More… | Eban Goodstein EcoSpeakers Info >>

Ecopreneuring: Putting Purpose and the Planet Before Profits. By John Ivanko and Lisa Kivirist. Shows how we can earn our daily bread on a local or regional level while saving money, strengthening the economy, and helping restore the planet to ecological health and social stability. Part small business manifesto, part personal finance primer, Ecopreneuring is essential reading for small business owners, prospective entrepreneurs, and anyone who dreams of a livelihood based on independence, creativity, passion, and a commitment to green practices and sustainability. As Kindle | More… | John Ivanko EcoSpeakers Info >> | Lisa Kivirist EcoSpeakers Info >>

Getting Down to Earth. Edited by Robert Costanza, Olman Segura et al. Brings together scientists, managers, and policy makers to identify practical strategies for implementing sustainability based on ecological economic principles. More...

Getting to the Better Future: A Matter of Conscious Choosing. By John Renesch. Puts forth a vision for historic transformation for all humankind. It pictures a global future full of possibilities - a much "better future" than the one that appears most likely if we rely upon probabilities and forecasts based on existing trends. Not only that, but the author points directly to the business community as the segment of our society that can best lead the rest of the world in such an incredible transition for all humanity. More… | John Renesch EcoSpeakers Info >>

Global Inc.: An Atlas of the Multinational Corporation. By Medard Gabel and Henry Bruner. Of the 100 largest economies in the world, 53 are corporations. A handful of corporate giants control most of the world's energy, technology, food, banks, industry, and media. Global, Inc. features a series of full-color maps that make clear the tremendous reach of these corporations as they have spread out across the globe. It is the first book to examine multinational corporations from a truly global perspective, and it offers a penetrating look at one of the most powerful phenomena on the planet in the twenty-first century. More... | Medard Gabel EcoSpeakers Info >>

Greening Your Business: The Hands-On Guide to Creating a Successful and Sustainable Business. By Daniel Sitarz. This guide shows entrepreneurs how to save energy, materials, and money by reducing their businesses' impact on the planet. It provides a hands-on, step-by-step approach to analyzing business operations and developing detailed plans to make those operations more efficient, energy conscious, and profitable. More...

The Growth Illusion. By Richard Douthwaite. Examines economic growth from the birth of capitalism through the industrial revolution and the world wars, drawing a link between rising GNP and the erosion of our quality of life. As Kindle | More...

Harvard Business Review on Green Business Strategy. Published by Harvard Business School Press. This collection of Harvard Business Review articles discusses why you should put a socially-responsible strategy at the top of your CEO's agenda. More...

In Earth’s Company. By Carl Frankel. People are looking increasingly to business to take its share of responsibility for the state of the Earth. Frankel gathers the elements required into a single, comprehensive volume. More... | Carl Frankel EcoSpeakers Info >>

Leading Change Toward Sustainability: A Change-Management Guide for Business, Government and Civil Society. By Bob Doppelt. Describes the process required to move organizations toward sustainability and demystifies sustainability-change by providing a framework and methodology to transform organizations. To significantly slash greenhouse gases and prepare for climate change, organizations of all sizes will need to undergo an enormous shift in their thinking, cultures, practices and policies. Making this shift will require the use of proven sustainability-based organizational change strategies. As Kindle | More… | Bob Doppelt EcoSpeakers Info >>

Lean and Green: Profit for Your Workplace and the Environment. By Pamela Gordon. This book dispels the myth that a business or organization has to choose between making a profit and protecting the environment. Appealing to employees at every level, it provides more than 100 examples of environmental practices from prominent companies – including Intel, Louisiana-Pacific, and Polaroid – that bring savings or new sources of revenue to an enterprise. It also coaches employees to make their environmental cases to management using no-nonsense business language – leading their argument with profitability. As Kindle | More… | Pamela Gordon EcoSpeakers Info >>

Learning from the Links: Mastering Management Using Lessons from Golf. By David K. Hurst. By examining golfers' and managers' struggles for improvement, Hurst shows us why complex systems are so hard to change and how to set about changing them. Using the latest thinking from fields as diverse as neuroscience, artificial intelligence, and anthropology, his purpose is to help readers make sense of their experience – to help them learn more effectively. Part business management book, part strategy guide, these are more than just lessons for one's game or one's office: these are lessons for life. As Kindle | More… | David K. Hurst EcoSpeakers Info >>

Natural Capitalism: Creating the Next Industrial Revolution. By L. Hunter Lovins. Natural Capitalism describes a future in which business and environmental interests increasingly overlap, and in which companies can improve their bottom lines, help solve environmental problems and feel better about what they do all at the same time. Citing hundreds of compelling stories from a wide array of sectors, the book shows how to realize benefits both for today's shareholders and for future generations and how businesses can hold on to the people who foster the innovation that drives future improvement. As Kindle | More... | L. Hunter Lovins EcoSpeakers Info >>

The Natural Step for Business: Wealth, Ecology & the Evolutionary Corporation. By Brian Nattrass and Mary Altomare. Employing a revolutionary science-based system for economic and environmental sustainability, The Natural Step for Business lays the groundwork for tomorrow's successful businesses. It explains the background and framework of the Natural Step system. It offers practical examples of major corporations that embrace sustainability and are rewarded for their efforts. Case examples of IKEA, Collins Pine, and Interface provide references for managers and consultants working to build more sustainable organizations. As Kindle | More... | Brian Nattrass EcoSpeakers Info >>

The Nissan Report. By Steve Barnett. Consumers today are more environmentally aware and socially responsible than ever before. The Nissan Report reveals how a world-class corporation met this challenge. More...

Outgrowing The Earth. By Lester Brown. Falling water tables in countries that contain more than half the world's people and rising temperatures worldwide are the leading threats to global security. Water shortages and crop-withering heat waves are shrinking grain harvests, making it difficult for the world's farmers to feed 70 million more people each year. Tightening food supplies could drive up food prices, destabilizing governments in low-income grain-importing countries and disrupting global economic progress. Future security depends on raising water productivity and stabilizing climate and population. More…

Plan B 2.0: Rescuing a Planet Under Stress and a Civilization in Trouble. By Lester Brown. Sustaining our early twenty-first century global civilization now depends on shifting to a renewable energy-based, reuse/recycle economy with a diversified transport system. Plan B has three components: (1) a restructuring of the global economy so that it can sustain civilization; (2) an all-out effort to eradicate poverty, stabilize population, and restore hope in order to elicit participation of the developing countries; and (3) a systematic effort to restore natural systems. More…

Plan B 3.0: Mobilizing to Save Civilization. By Lester Brown. In this updated edition of the landmark Plan B, Brown outlines a survival strategy for our early twenty-first-century civilization. The scale and complexity of issues facing our fast-forward world have no precedent. With Plan A, business as usual, we have neglected these issues. In Plan B 3.0, Brown warns that the only effective response now is a World War II-type mobilization like that in the United States after the attack on Pearl Harbor. As Kindle | More…

Plan B 4.0: Mobilizing to Save Civilization. By Lester Brown. As fossil fuel prices rise, oil insecurity deepens, and concerns about climate change cast a shadow over the future of coal, a new energy economy is emerging. Wind, solar, and geothermal energy are replacing oil, coal, and natural gas, at a pace and on a scale we could not have imagined even a year ago. For the first time since the Industrial Revolution, we have begun investing in energy sources that can last. Plan B 4.0 explores both the nature of this transition and how it will affect our daily lives. As Kindle | More...

Reuniting Economy and Ecology in Sustainable Development. By Chris Maser and Charles R. Beaton. This book advocates melding ecology and economy into a concept of social-environmental sustainability. It suggests that while continuing to divide ecology and economy conceptually would destroy society, treating them as linked would greatly benefit us. The book explains why there is a dominant role for sustainability in a healthy, future-oriented community. It makes the connections between economics, ecology, community and sustainability and provides a basis for finding solutions to achieving sustainable communities. More… | Chris Maser EcoSpeakers Info >>

Saving the Planet: How to Shape an Environmentally Substainable Global Economy. By Lester Brown, Christopher Flavin, and Sandra Postel. The authors of the highly acclaimed State of the World series elaborate on their vision of a global economy that does not destroy its own natural support systems. Authoritative yet extremely readable, this book addresses control of energy resources, population, poverty, transportation, taxes, and other issues necessary to create an environmentally sound global economy. More…

Smart Green: How to Implement Sustainable Business Practices in Any Industry - and Make Money. By Jonathan Estes. A book for entrepreneurs and anyone interested in business, the environment, and how they interact. It discusses building a strategic plan to achieve sustainability, the benefits of marketing green initiatives to customers, the key issues entrepreneurs will face in achieving sustainability, and how to lessen the tension and create cooperation between the business and environmental communities. As Kindle | More...

The Sustainability Advantage. By Bob Willard. In the pragmatic language of business leaders, The Sustainability Advantage shows that the business benefits of sustainable development strategies are quantifiable and real. More...

The Sustainable Company: How To Create Lasting Value Through Social And Environmental Performance. By Chris Laszlo. About companies whose policies have enhanced their bottom line by way of reduced waste and cleanup costs, fewer regulatory conflicts, new business opportunities and greater appeal to socially conscious investors and green consumers. The Sustainable Company shows how to create value for shareholders while balancing responsibilities to society and the environment. Its step-by-step approach and tool-kit for managers make it the solutions manual for twenty-first-century managers. As Kindle | More… | Chris Laszlo EcoSpeakers Info >>

Sustainable Value: How the World's Leading Companies Are Doing Well by Doing Good. By Chris Laszlo. Illustrates how the competitive strategies of some of the world's largest businesses are changing as their leaders take on important social, environmental, and economic challenges. Outlines how and why these challenges are becoming huge business opportunities. Designed to provide managers with the means to build sustainable value and compete effectively in the twenty-first century. As Kindle | More… | Chris Laszlo EcoSpeakers Info >>

The Trade-Off Myth: Fact And Fiction About Jobs And The Environment. By Eban Goodstein. Many Americans believe that environmental protection measures have created ongoing and widespread unemployment, have caused large numbers of plant shutdowns and layoffs in manufacturing, and have led many US firms to flee to developing countries with lax environmental regulations. Virtually all economists who have studied the issues agree that each of these propositions is false. Economist Eban Goodstein provides an in-depth examination of the deep-seated, but ultimately mistaken, American belief in a wide spread jobs-environment trade-off. More... | Eban Goodstein EcoSpeakers Info >>

Uncommon Cents: Thoreau and the Nature of Business. By Rob Abbott. Henry David Thoreau is revered for his contributions to the American environmental movement, but his influence on business is less well known. The central argument of Uncommon Cents is that Thoreau was a uniquely synthetic thinker whose ideas about the nature of business are useful, perhaps even vital, for contemporary students and business leaders. More… | Rob Abbott EcoSpeakers Info >>

What We Learned In The Rainforest: Business Principles For The New Economy. By Bill Shireman and Tachi Kiuchi. Presents a surprising new business principle: By applying strategies and practices gleaned from nature, by emulating what it once sought to conquer, big business can attain greater and more sustainable profits. With clear, direct language and dozens of real-world examples, the authors show how a company can become, like nature, a complex living system that doesn't merely balance competing interests but truly integrates them. As Kindle | More... | Bill Shireman EcoSpeakers Info >> | Tachi Kiuchi EcoSpeakers Info >>

World on the Edge: How to Prevent Environmental and Economic Collapse.  By Lester Brown. In this urgent time, World on the Edge calls out the pivotal environmental issues and how to solve them now. Can we close coal-fired power plants fast enough to save the Greenland ice sheet and avoid catastrophic sea level rise? Can we raise water productivity fast enough to halt the depletion of aquifers and avoid water-driven food shortages? Can we cope with peak water and peak oil at the same time? Bringing decades of research and analysis into play, Brown provides the responses needed to reclaim our future. As Kindle | More…

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