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[greenyes] Environmental Books List

Hello everyone,
I just wanted to send out our (mostly) completed list of environmental books I have compiled for our environmental manual. (It will hopefully be out for Earth Day!) Thank you to everyone for your suggestions and I hope this list proves helpful and a starting point to an even bigger collection of resources!

Take care,

Fiction/ Poetry/ Nature Writing

Desert Solitaire, by Edward Abbey
The Monkey Wrench Gang, by Edward Abbey
Elizabeth Bishop: The Complete Poems, 1927-1979
A Walk in the Woods, by Bill Bryson
Krik? Krak!, by Edwidge Danticat
For the Time Being, by Annie Dillard
Pilgrim at Tinker Creek, by Annie Dillard
The Ecocriticism Reader: Landmarks in Literary Ecology, ed. Cheryll Glotfelty, Harold Fromm
The Country of Pointed Firs, by Sarah Orne Jewett
Prodigal Summer, by Barbara Kingsolver
A Sand County Almanac, by Aldo Leopold
Full Woman, Fleshly Apple, Hot Moon: Selected Poems of Pablo Neruda
Ishmael by Daniel Quinn
Turtle Island by Gary Snyder
The Lorax, by Dr. Seuss
Walden by Henry David Thoreau
Leaves of Grass, by Walt Whitman
Refuge by Terry Tempest Williams

Recycling, Reuse and Waste Reduction

Why Do We Recycle?: Markets, Values, and Public Policy, by Frank Ackerman
The Consumer?s Guide to Effective Environmental Choices: Practical Advice from the Union of Concerned Scientists, by M. and Leon Browner
Recycling and the Politics of Urban Waste, by Matthew Gandy
Cradle to Cradle: Remaking the Way We Make Things, by William McDonough
Rubbish! The Archaeology of Garbage, by William Rathje, Cullen Murphy
Waste and Want: A Social History of Trash, by Susan Strasser


Greening the Ivory Tower, by Sarah Hammond Creighton
Ecodemia: Campus Environmental Stewardship at the Turn of the 21st Century: Lessons in Smart Management from Administrators, Staff, and Students, by Julian Keniry
Harvard Business Review on Business and the Environment, by Amory Lovins, et al.
Buying for the Future: Contact Management for the Environmental Challenge, by Kevin J. Lyons
Fostering Sustainable Behavior: An Introduction to Community Based Social Marketing, by Doug McKenzie-Mohr and William Smith

Natural Resources/ Natural History/ History/ Pollution

Human Ecology: The Story of Our Place in Nature from Prehistory to the Present, by Bernard Grant Campbell
Silent Spring by Rachel Carson
Coal: A Human History, by Barbara Freese
Global Warming: The Complete Briefing, by John T. Houghton
Geography of Nowhere: The Rise and Decline of America?s Man-Made Landscape, by James Howard Kuntsler
Radical Simplicity: Small Footprints on Finite Earth, by Jim Merkel
Cadillac Desert: The American West and its Disappearing Water, by Marc Reisner
Biopiracy: The Plunder of Nature and Knowledge, by Vandana Shiva
The Secret Life of Plants, by Peter Tompkins
The Diversity of Life, by Edward Osborne Wilson

Essays/ Philosophy

Off the Beaten Path: Stories of Place, edited by Joseph Barbato and Lisa Weinerman Horak
The Culture of Agriculture, by Wendell Berry
Plan B: Rescuing a Planet under Stress and a Civilization in Trouble, by Lester R. Brown
When Smoke Ran Like Water: Tales of Environmental Deception and the Battle Against Pollution, by Devra Less Davis
The One-Straw Revolution: An Introduction to Natural Farming, by Masanobu Fukuoka
Pip Pip: A Sideways Look at Time, by Jay Griffiths
Dancing with Mosquitoes: To Liberate the Mind from Humanism- A Way to Green the Mind, by Theo Grutter
The Last Hours of Ancient Sunlight: Waking up to Personal and Global Transformation, by Thom Hartmann
Natural Capitalism: Creating the Next Industrial Revolution, by Paul Hawkens, Amory Lovins, L. Hunter Lovins
Hope, Human and Wild: True Stories of Living Lightly on the Earth, by Bill McKibben
Encounters with the Archdruid, by John McPhee
The Control of Nature,by John McPhee
The Mountains of California, by John Muir
Earth in Mind: On Education, Environment and the Human Prospect, by David W. Orr
Our Ecological Footprint: Reducing Human Impact on the Earth, by William E. Rees, Phil Testemale and Mathis Wackernagel
Song for the Blue Ocean: Encounters Along the World?s Coasts and Beneath the Seas, by Carl Safina
Earth Medicine: Ancestors? Ways of Harmony for Many Moons, by Jamie Sams
Noah?s Garden: Restoring the Ecology of our Own Backyards, by Sara Bonnett Stein


Stuff: The Secret Lives of Everyday Things, by John C. Ryan and Alan Thein Durning

The Last American Man, by Elizabeth Gilbert

For great books on sustainable living, please visit Chelsea Green Books, at:


Rhode Island Resource Recovery Corporation (
Grassroots Recycling Network (
National Recycling Coalition (
University of Oregon Campus Recycling Program Links Page (
Environmental Virtual Campus (
Dump and Run (
Green Guide (
Center for Environmental Citizenship (
Student Environmental Action Coalition (
Campus Ecology: National Wildlife Federation (
Save Our Environment Action Center (
Second Nature: Education for Sustainability (
Envirolink (
United Plant Savers (
GreenPeace (
National Wildlife Federation (
Sierra Club of RI (
Environmental Protection Agency (
Composting Information (
Electronic Green Journal of the University of Idaho (
(This is an excellent site for information and book reviews on the latest environmental publications)

Michelle Smith
Recycling Coordinator
Office of Environmental Health and Safety
Providence College
Providence, RI 02918

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