Whether you're looking to simplify your life by living with less stuff, build a sustainable home, eat a sustainable diet or create with sustainable materials there's something for everyone on this list. Sustainability- the avoidance of the depletion of natural resources in order to maintain an ecological balance- can improve your life, while improving the lives of everyone by responsibly using the resources needed to live our lives. Pick an area of your life and get your green on!

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The Art of Leading Collectively: Co-Creating a Sustainable, Socially Just Future

Petra Kuenkel
658.4092 Kue

Our world is facing unsustainable global trends―from climate change and water scarcity to energy insecurity, unfair labor practices, and growing inequality. Tackling these crises effectively requires a new form of leadership―a collective one. But, in a world of many silos, how do we get people to work together toward a common goal? That is one of the most important questions facing sustainability and social-change professionals around the world, and it is a question that Kuenkel answers in this title. Readers learn how to tackle system change for sustainable development, reimagine leadership as a collaborative endeavor, retrain leaders to work collectively, and manage diverse groups through a change process that has sustainability as a guiding focus. The book offers many examples of collective leadership efforts involving corporate, public, and nonprofit sectors around the world. 

Better: the Everyday Art of Sustainable Living

Nicole Caldwell
640.286 Cal

Better explores the intersection of sustainability and art, showing how each of us can reinvent our lives as our greatest artistic achievement. Presented in the context of the unique story of Better Farm, a blueprint for environmentally conscious living originally established as an intentional community, this unusual guide blends theory with practical, hands-on, DIY ideas to incite your own creative adventures, including: upcycling trash into treasure, turning your fish tank into a garden, and making your yard or balcony a work of art. Packed with life lessons and tips for making any lifestyle more sustainable, while drawing on everyone's inherent creativity, this unique book provides the inspiration to live more simply, take more chances, and engage more with the natural world. A must-read for anyone who questions the purpose of the daily grind or grapples with the need for more meaning in his or her life.

Growing Tomorrow: A Farm-to-Table Journey in Photos and Recipes

Forrest Pritchard
338.1 Pri

This title showcases 18 diverse sustainable U.S. farming operations. The colorful behind-the-scenes stories clarify what the public should know about consuming food that is "crafted" rather than mass-produced. The author demonstrates these differences without being preachy, however, and instills the benefits of eating organic and locally grown food using environmentally sustainable farming methods. He interviews a fisherman, mushroom growers, hog farmers, inmates who raise goats for dairy products, and urban beekeepers, along with owners of traditional fruits, nuts, and vegetable businesses. Readers will relate to these men and women and understand what led them to choose an ecofriendly model of farming. Enjoyable recipes employing the growers' produce are sprinkled throughout the text.

Knit Green: 20 Projects and Ideas for Sustainability

Joanne Seiff
746.432 Sei

Knit Green offers tons of information and ideas on everything you need to be a more environmentally conscious knitter. From sourcing materials locally and using organic products, to supporting fair work and fair trade programs, Knit Green is a tremendous source of information to help you tailor your craft to your convictions. Fashion-forward knitting and easy-to-digest essays come together to help you ""green-up"" your hobby and easily implement suggestions and strategies for sustainability in the context of knitting. You'll get a full exploration of green avenues and product options, including organically -farmed fibers, non-animal yarns, alternative or recycled fibers and yarns, fair work and fair trade companies and programs, buying local, sustainable farming and energy in yarn production, and more. Plus, you'll find more than 20 fashionable patterns that don't sacrifice style for sustainability.

A Man Apart: Bill Coperthwaite's Radical Experiment in Living

Peter Forbes, Helen Whybrow
921 Coperthwaite For

A story of friendship, encouragement, and the quest to design a better world this title recounts Peter Forbes and Helen Whybrow's longtime friendship with Bill Coperthwaite, whose unusual life and fierce ideals helped them examine and understand their own. Coperthwaite inspired many by living close to nature and in opposition to contemporary society, and was often compared to Henry David Thoreau. Coperthwaite led a 55-year-long 'experiment in living' on a remote stretch of Maine coast. There he created a homestead of wooden, multistoried yurts, a form of architecture for which he was known around the world. Coperthwaite also embodied a philosophy that he called 'democratic living,' which was about empowering all people to have agency over their lives in order to create a better community. The central question of Coperthwaite's life was, 'How can I live according to what I believe?'

New Eco Homes: New Ideas for Sustainable Living

Manel Gutiérrez
728.047 Gut

Today’s architects, designers, building craftsman, and homeowners are becoming more environmentally conscious, choosing eco-friendly living spaces with small carbon footprints that are built with sustainable materials. New Eco Homes explores various aspects of modern eco design, from its environmental and economic benefits, to factors considered when choosing materials: how much energy went into manufacturing the product, whether it is long lasting, and whether it can be recycled or safely disposed of as it eventually breaks down. It also examines important details involved in building, such as climate regulation, drainage systems, and regional planning. Each of the thirty-five projects contain photographs, floor plans, and detailed drawings that illustrate certain sustainable features, revealing how much the parameters of ecological design have expanded in just a few short years.

The Prepper's Guide to Foraging: How Wild Plants can Supplement a Sustainable Lifestyle

David Nash
581.632 Nas

The Prepper's Guide to Foraging is not a plant identification guide in the traditional sense. It is instead a guide to using plants to supplement other means of food production and subsistence living. Author David Nash believes that there is not enough land available to support a return to the hunter-gatherer lifestyle in the event of a large-scale disaster, but that botanical knowledge does provide an edge to the well prepared. This book advocates the acquisition of knowledge to allow its reader to safely identify, harvest, and use common North American plants. Wild plants can provide shelter, material, medicine, and food to help the reader extend stored food as well as to create items that may be otherwise unavailable during a crisis.

Printmaking Revolution: New Advancements in Technology, Safety, and Sustainability

Dwight W. Pogue
760 Pog

Etching, lithography, and screenprinting shouldn’t be harmful to the artist or the planet. With cutting edge, never-before-published advances in printmaking media this title provides artists, students, and teachers alike with safer, environmentally friendly and non-carcinogenic methods for creating beautiful prints. Teacher and professional artist Dwight Pogue offers groundbreaking information on embracing green, petroleum-free, nontoxic materials that comply with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) requirements. With new alternatives for the modern era, and work by some of today’s most notable artists, including Janet Fish, James Rosenquist Walton Ford, and Louisa Chase, this book truly revolutionizes the techniques, materials, and processes of a time-honored medium.

Simple Matters: Living with Less and Ending up with More

Erin Boyle
648.5 Boy

For anyone looking to declutter, organize, and simplify, author Erin Boyle shares practical guidance and personal insights on small-space living and conscious consumption. At once pragmatic and philosophical, Simple Matters is a nod to the growing consensus that living simply and purposefully is more sustainable not only for the environment, but for our own happiness and well-being, too. Boyle embraces the notion that "living small" is beneficial and accessible to us all - whether we're renting a tiny apartment or purchasing a three-story house. Filled with personal essays, projects, and helpful advice on how to be inventive and resourceful in a tight space, Simple Matters shows that living simply is about making do with less and ending up with more: more free time, more time with loved ones, more savings, and more things of beauty.

State of the World 2016: Can a City be Sustainable?

Gary Gardner
307.1216 Sta

Cities are the world's future. Today, more than half of the global population lives in urban areas, and that number is expected to double by 2050. There is no question that cities are growing; the only debate is over how they will grow. Will we invest in the physical and social infrastructure necessary for livable, equitable, and sustainable cities? In the latest edition of State of the World, the flagship publication of the Worldwatch Institute, experts from around the globe examine the core principles of sustainable urbanism and profile cities that are putting these principles into practice. From Portland, Oregon to Ahmedabad, India, local people are acting to improve their cities, even when national efforts are stalled. Issues examined range from the nitty-gritty of handling waste and developing public transportation to civic participation and navigating dysfunctional government. Throughout, readers discover the most pressing challenges facing communities and the most promising solutions currently being developed.

Tao of Sustainability: Cultivate Yourself to Heal the Earth

Gregory Ripley
613.7148 Rip

At the crux of our current environmental crisis lies humanity's perceived separation from nature. We simply will not take care of the natural world if we do not believe we are an integral part of it. Ripley presents the traditional Taoist path of self-cultivation as a framework for bringing humans back into a sustainable relationship with the Earth, as well as exploring how our health, both mental and physical, is impacted by nature, drawing on research in the fields of Green Exercise, Nature and Forest Medicine, and Ecopsychology. Part philosophy, part meditation manual, part nature awareness guide, The Tao of Sustainability offers numerous pathways towards reconnecting with nature and the Tao through mind, body, and spirit. Drawing from a variety of disciplines and traditions, from Taoism to Stoicism to Buddhist mind training this book provides numerous ways to reconnect with the natural world.