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 email@example.com if you are interested in joining the discussion or learning more. Please check with Boatwright Library for availability of each book. The 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.
November 2013: Cooked by Michael Pollan
"In Cooked, Michael Pollan explores the previously uncharted territory of his own kitchen. Here, he discovers the enduring power of the four classical elements—fire, water, air, and earth—to transform the stuff of nature into delicious things to eat and drink. Apprenticing himself to a succession of culinary masters, Pollan learns how to grill with fire, cook with liquid, bake bread, and ferment everything from cheese to beer."
Discussion Date and Location: Tuesday, November 19, 12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. in the Original Westhampton Deanery Building - Living Room
December 2013/January 2014: High Tide on Main Street by John Englander
"The book that described a superstorm hitting Atlantic City and New York City -- exactly one week before Sandy hit. Just one of dozens of scenarios in this amazing book. Find out the other forecasts. Getting rave reviews from experts and Amazon readers. For 6,000 years sea level has changed little. Now it it has started rising again, moving the shoreline too. In clear, easy-to-understand language, this book explains: * The science behind sea level rise, plus the myths and partial truths used to confuse the issue. * The surprising forces that will cause sea level to rise for 1,000 years, as well as the possibility of catastrophic rise this century. * Why the devastating economic effects will not be limited to the coasts. * Why coastal property values will go “underwater” long before the land does, perhaps as early as this decade. * Five points of “intelligent adaptation” that can help individuals, businesses, and communities protect investments now and in the future."
Discussion Date and Location: Wednesday, January 22, 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. in the Original Westhampton Deanery Building - Living Room
February 2014: The Hockey Stick and the Climate Wars by Michael Mann
"A must read to appreciate the endless disinformation campaign by climate change deniers at the highest levels of government and corporate America and the chilling yet serious implications of the crusade to discredit distinguished scientists like Mann." - Sherwood Boehlert
Discussion Date and Location: Wednesday, February 19, 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. in the Original Westhampton Deanery Building - Living Room
March 2014: Garbology by Edward Humes
"Take a journey inside the secret world of our biggest export, our most prodigious product, and our greatest legacy: our trash. It’s the biggest thing we make: The average American is on track to produce a whopping 102 tons of garbage across a lifetime, $50 billion in squandered riches rolled to the curb each year, more than that produced by any other people in the world. But that trash doesn’t just magically disappear; our bins are merely the starting point for a strange, impressive, mysterious, and costly journey that may also represent the greatest untapped opportunity of the century."
Discussion Date and Location: Wednesday, March 19, 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. in the Original Westhampton Deanery Building - Living Room
April 2014: Walden by Henry David Thoreau
"In 1845, [Thoreau] moved to a cabin that he built with his own hands along the shores of Walden Pond in Massachusetts. Shedding the trivial ties that he felt bound much of humanity, Thoreau reaped from the land both physically and mentally, and pursued truth in the quiet of nature. In Walden, he explains how separating oneself from the wold of men can truly awake the sleeping self."
Discussion Date and Location: Wednesday, April 16, 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. in the Original Westhampton Deanery Building - Living Room
May 2012: Hot, 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
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