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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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
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