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 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.

July 2014: Biomimicry: Innovation Inspired by Nature by Janine M. Benyus
"Biomimicry is a revolutionary new science that analyzes nature's best ideas - spider silk and prairie grass, seashells and brain cells - and adapts them for human use. Science writer and lecturer Janine Benyus takes us into the lab and out in the field with the maverick researchers who are applying nature's ingenious solutions to the problem of human survival."
Discussion Date and Location: Wednesday, July 16, 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. in the Original Westhampton Deanery Building - Living Room

August / September 2014: The Stop by Nick Saul and Andera Curtis
"In clear and honest prose, [Saul and Curtis] share their struggles and hope with plain talk through tough decisions. How better to learn about ending hunger than through the story of a former food bank whose aim was to put itself out of business?" - Raj Patel
Discussion Date and Location: Wednesday, September 17, 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