Sustainability Book Club

Current Selection | Previous Selections 

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 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.

Current Selection 

December 2014/January 2015: Field Notes on a Catastrophe: Man, Nature, and Climate Change by Elizabeth Kolbert

"For 'Field Notes From a Catastrophe,' Ms. Kolbert went not exactly all over the world to find out what's happening with global warming but to a great many places in it, and she often heard the same elegiac expressions of foreboding, loss and fear for the next generation." -Mariana Gosnell, The New York Times 

  • Discussion Date: Wednesday, January 14, 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
  • Location: Original Westhampton Deanery Building - Living Room

Previous Selections 

  • November 2014Weighing In: Obesity, Food Justice, and the Limits of Capitalism by Julie Guthman
  • October 2014The Omnivore's Dilemma: A Natural History in Four Meals by Michael Pollan
  • August / September 2014The Stop by Nick Saul and Andera Curtis
  • July 2014Biomimicry: Innovation Inspired by Nature by Janine M. Benyus
  • June 2014What We Know About Climate Change (2nd edition) by Kerry Emanuel 
  • May 2014The Sixth Extinction by Elizabeth Kolbert
  • April 2014Walden by Henry David Thoreau
  • March 2014Garbology by Edward Humes
  • February 2014The Hockey Stick and the Climate Wars by Michael Mann
  • December 2013/January 2014High Tide on Main Street by John Englander
  • November 2013Cooked by Michael Pollan
  • October 2013A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson
  • August/September 2013No Impact Man by Colin Beavan
  • July 2013Rebuild the Dream by Van Jones
  • June 2013Storms of my Grandchildren by James Hansen
  • May 2013Stuffed and Starved: The Hidden Battle for the World Food System by Raj Patel
  • April 2013A Sand County Almanac by Aldo Leopold
  • March 2013The Story of Stuff by Annie Leonard
  • February 2013Our Choice by Al Gore (This book is also available as an interactive app through iTunes.)
  • December 2012/January 2013Strange as this Weather Has Been a novel by Ann Pancake
  • November 2012:  Tomatoland by Barry Estabrook
  • October 2012:  Living Downstream: An Ecologist's Personal Investigation of Cancer and the Environment by Sandra Steingraber
  • September 2012:  Climate Cover-Up by James Hoggan
  • August 2012:  Silent Spring by Rachel Carson
  • July 2012:  Love Canal Revisited: Race, Class, and Gender in Environmental Activism by Elizabeth D. Blum
  • June 2012:  Radical Simplicity by Jim Merkel
  • 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.

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