Sustainability Book Club

The Office for Sustainability hosts a monthly book club to explore books that focus on the environmental, social, and economic aspects of sustainability. Please email sustainability@richmond.edu if you are interested in joining the discussion or learning more. The Boatwright Library has arranged for the books to be available on library Kindles when possible as well. All participants are invited to bring a bag lunch. All faculty, staff, and students are welcome.

October 2014: The Omnivore's Dilemma: A Natural History in Four Meals by Michael Pollan 

"What should we have for dinner? The question has confronted us since man discovered fire, but according to Michael Pollan, the bestselling author of The Botany of Desire, how we answer it today, at the dawn of the twenty-first century, may well determine our very survival as a species."

  • Discussion Date: Wednesday, October 22, 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
  • Location: Original Westhampton Deanery Building - Living Room

November 2014: Weighing In: Obesity, Food Justice, and the Limits of Capitalism by Julie Guthman

"Weighing In takes on the 'obesity epidemic,' challenging many widely held assumptions about its causes and consequences. Julie Guthman examines fatness and its relationship to health outcomes to ask if our efforts to prevent 'obesity' are sensible, efficacious, or ethical. She also focuses the lens of obesity on the broader food system to understand why we produce cheap, over-processed food, as well as why we eat it."

  • Discussion Date: Wednesday, November 19, 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. 
  • Location: Original Westhampton Deanery Building - Living Room

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Previous Books

May 2012Hot, Flat, and Crowded by Thomas L. Friedman
Watch this excerpt from Thomas Friedman's talk at the opening of the Carole Weinstein International Center.

June 2012:  Radical Simplicity by Jim Merkel

July 2012:  Love Canal Revisited: Race, Class, and Gender in Environmental Activism by Elizabeth D. Blum

August 2012:  Silent Spring by Rachel Carson

September 2012:  Climate Cover-Up by James Hoggan

October 2012:  Living Downstream: An Ecologist's Personal Investigation of Cancer and the Environment by Sandra Steingraber

November 2012:  Tomatoland by Barry Estabrook

December 2012/January 2013: Strange as this Weather Has Been a novel by Ann Pancake

February 2013: Our Choice by Al Gore (This book is also available as an interactive app through iTunes.)

March 2013: The Story of Stuff by Annie Leonard

April 2013: A Sand County Almanac by Aldo Leopold

May 2013: Stuffed and Starved: The Hidden Battle for the World Food System by Raj Patel

June 2013: Storms of my Grandchildren by James Hansen

July 2013: Rebuild the Dream by Van Jones

August/September 2013: No Impact Man by Colin Beavan

October 2013: A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson

November 2013: Cooked by Michael Pollan

December 2013/January 2014: High Tide on Main Street by John Englander

February 2014: The Hockey Stick and the Climate Wars by Michael Mann

March 2014: Garbology by Edward Humes

April 2014: Walden by Henry David Thoreau

May 2014: The Sixth Extinction by Elizabeth Kolbert

June 2014: What We Know About Climate Change (2nd edition) by Kerry Emanuel

July 2014: Biomimicry: Innovation Inspired by Nature by Janine M. Benyus

August / September 2014: The Stop by Nick Saul and Andera Curtis