Green Lists - English Materials

Local Interest

The Art of Simple Food: Notes and Recipes From a Delicious Revolution.

Alice Waters

Bay Area natural food revolutionary presents her principles and recipes for good eating.

The Country in the City: The Greening of the San Francisco Bay Area.

Richard Walker

A history of local environmental politics from the late 1800s to the present.

Designing California Native Gardens: The Plant Community Approach to Artful, Ecological Gardens.

Glenn Keator and Alrie Middlebrook

Easy to use book includes sample plans, drawings, color photographs and plant lists.

Golden Gate Gardening: The Complete Guide to Year-Round Food Gardening in the San Francisco Bay Area and Coastal California.

Pam Peirce

Definitive source on local vegetable gardening tailored for the many climates in the region.

Legacy: Portraits of 50 Bay Area Environmental Elders.

Nancy Kittle

Profiles of extraordinary locals who defended the open spaces of the Bay Area.

Plants and Landscapes for Summer-Dry Climates of the San Francisco Bay Region.

Nora Harlow

What to plant to conserve water, provide wildlife habitat and reduce fire hazards



1,001 Ways to Save the Earth.

Joanna Yarrow

This handbook provides practical and simple ideas for every budget and every day.

The Complete Idiot's Guide to Hybrid and Alternative Fuel Vehicles.

Jack R. Nerad

In argon-free language, explains the advantages and disadvantages of each kind of car.

Consumer Guide to Home Energy Savings: Save Money, Save the Earth.

Jennifer Thorne Amann

A one-stop resource to improve home energy performance and reduce costs

Don't Throw It Out: Recycle, Renew and Reuse to Make Things Last.

Lori Baird

Extend the life of your treasured possessions and maximize the value of everything you own.

Ecovillages: A Practical Guide to Sustainable Communities.

Jan Martin Bang

A manual for planning, establishing and maintaining a sustainable community, using a permaculture approach.

The Great Neighborhood Book: A Do-it-yourself Guide to Placemaking.

Jay Walljasper

Offers techniques to revive a community by transforming public spaces.


General Non-Fiction

American Wasteland: How America Throws Away Nearly Half of Its Food (And What We Can Do About It)

Jonathan Bloom

The author follows the path of America's food from gathering to garbage bin, examining why roughly half of our harvest ends up in landfills or rots in the field.

Asphalt to Ecosystems: Design Ideas for Schoolyard Transformation

Sharon Gamson Danks

A compelling color guidebook for designing and building natural schoolyard environments that enhance childhood learning and play experiences while providing connection with the natural world. Intended for parents, teachers, school administrators, designers, environmentalists, and community volunteers, this book is a fantastic resource that will inspire readers to transform their own school grounds.

The Battle Over Hetch Hetchy: America's Most Controversial Dam And The Birth Of Modern Environmentalism

Robert W. Righter

A history of the controversial project that flooded the Hetch Hetchy Valley in Yosemite to supply San Francisco residents with a clean source of drinking water and an important source of power.

The Big Thirst: The Secret Life and Turbulent Future of Water

Charles Fishman

An examination of the passing of the golden age of water and the shocking facts about how water scarcity will soon be a major factor in our lives.

Blue Frontier: Dispatches from America's Ocean Wilderness.

David Helvarg

Charts ongoing ecological crisis of the marine environment, emphasizing public policy and activist efforts.

Bottled and Sold: The Story Behind Our Obsession With Bottled Water

Peter H. Gleick

Annotation: Bottled and Sold shows how water went from being a free natural resource to one of the most successful commercial products of the last one hundred years—and why we are poorer for it.

California Rocks!: A Guide to Geologic Sites in the Golden State

Katherine J. Baylor

California Rocks! explores sixty-five geologic sites at parks and other publicly accessible places. Learn why so many saber-toothed cats were preserved in La Brea Tar Pits, how hollow tubes formed in the flowing lava of Lava Beds National Monument, and what forms the big waves at Mavericks surf break.

Censoring Science: Inside the Political Attack on Dr. James Hansen and the Truth of Global Warming

Mark Bowen

Censoring Science illuminates the real science behind global warming and maintains that we can still prevent environmental disaster, while both strengthening our economy and our national security. Censoring Science exposes the truth behind the administration’s spin doctors, and shares the inside story of one of the most important and influential scientists of our time.

Climate Change: The Point of No Return

Mojib Latif / Susan E. Richter (TRN) / Klaus Wiegandt (EDT)

Mojib Latif uses the latest scientific information to explore the causes of climate change and what concrete changes are taking place. He deals with the common arguments of the skeptics and drafts scenarios of what the future might hold if we don’t dedicate ourselves to living sustainably.

Climate Cover-Up: The Crusade to Deny Global Warming

James Hoggan / Richard Littlemore (CON)

This is a story of betrayal, selfishness, greed and irresponsibility on an epic scale. Hoggan examines the public relations circus that surrounds global warming, and uncovers the organized campaign, largely financed by the coal and oil industries, to make us think that climate science is still somehow controversial.

Climate Resilient Cities: A Primer on Reducing Vulnerabilities to Disasters

Neeraj Prasad / Federica Ranghieri / Fatima Shah / Zoe Trohanis / Earl Kessler

A Primer on Reducing Vulnerabilities to Disasters provides city administrators with exactly what they need to know about the complex and compelling challenges of climate change. The book helps local governments create training, capacity building, and capital investment programs for building sustainable, resilient communities.

Cool Green Stuff: A Guide to Finding Great Recycled, Sustainable, Renewable Objects You Will Love.

Dave Evans

Ecostyle from all over Earth!

Costing the Earth?: Perspectives on Sustainable Development

Bernd Meyer / Klaus Wiegandt (EDT)

The United Nations estimates that the global population will grow to nine billion by 2050, meaning a 50 percent increase in our consumption of natural resources by 2030, with a similar increase in our production of harmful waste. Bernd Meyer explains the economic conditions needed to achieve sustainable development around the world.

Dangerous or Safe?: Which Foods, Medicines, and Chemicals Really Put Your Kids at Risk

Cara Natterson

An indispensable resource for parents, this relatable guide gives moms and dads clear instructions on what scary products to avoid, and which so-called poisons are completely safe. Whether it's allergens in the atmosphere or pesticide spray in the yard, Dangerous or Safe? prepares parents for nearly every hazard their child will face.

Disaster on the Horizon: High Stakes, High Risks, and the Story Behind the Deepwater Well Blowout

Bob Cavnar

Provides detail about the oil well accident that occurred in April of 2010, which the author describes as the worst oil well accident in United States history, and examines the oil industry, its resistance to regulations, and government concessions that cause the issues to remain.

Disconnect: The Truth About Cell Phone Radiation, What the Industry Has Done to Hide It, and How to Protect Your Family

Devra Davis

Cell phone radiation is a national emergency. Scientist Devra Davis presents an array of recent and long-suppressed research which shows that the most popular gadget of our age damages DNA, breaks down the brain's defenses, and reduces sperm count while increasing memory loss, the risk of Alzheimer's disease, and even cancer.

Dodging the Toxic Bullet: How to Protect Yourself from Everyday Environmental Health Hazards

David R. Boyd / David Suzuki (FRW)

Dodging the Toxic Bullet presents workable strategies that show how we can live longer, healthier lives by breathing clean air, eating healthy food, drinking safe water, and using non-toxic products.

Eaarth: Making a Life on a Tough New Planet

Bill McKibben

McKibben's earliest warnings about global warming went largely unheeded. In this book, he argues that we can meet the challenges of a new "Eaarth"--still recognizable but suddenly and violently out of balance--by building the kind of societies and economies that can hunker down, concentrate on essentials, and create the type of community that will allow us to weather trouble on an unprecedented scale.

Earth: The Operator's Manual

Richard B. Alley

Using one engaging story after another, coupled with accessible scientific facts, world authority Richard B. Alley explores the history of energy use by humans over the centuries, gives a doubt-destroying proof that already-high levels of carbon dioxide are causing damaging global warming, and surveys the alternative energy options that are available to exploit right now.

The Earth-friendly Food Chain: Food Choices for a Living Planet

Linda Riebel

The Earth-Friendly Food Chain: Food Choices for a Living Planet is a concise, practical guide through the exciting new world of healthy, sustainable food, packed with inspiring facts and true stories.

Eco Amazons – 20 women who are transforming the world

Dorka Keehn

Profiles twenty women who are committed to helping the environment and examines the projects they've begun to help move society towards a sustainable future.

Ecological Intelligence: How Knowing the Hidden Impacts of What We Buy Can Change Everything

Daniel Goleman

The bestselling author of "Emotional Intelligence" and "Primal Leadership" reveals the hidden environmental consequences of what societies make and buy, and how that knowledge can drive the changes necessary to save the planet.

Encounters with the Archdruid.

John McPhee

McPhee describes conservation champion David Brower going head to head with three natural enemies.

The End of Energy: The Unmaking of America's Environment, Security, and Independence

Michael J. Graetz

Forty years of energy incompetence: villains, failures of leadership, and missed opportunities.

Energy: The World's Race for Resources in the 21st Century

Hermann-Josef Wagner /, Phil Hill (TRN) / Klaus Wiegandt (EDT)

The future of our energy supply is an explosive topic. Unprecedented population growth means that energy consumption will continue to rise dramatically in the future, significantly altering the balance of political power across the globe. Hermann-Josef Wagner warns us that the need to find alternative sources of energy is becoming ever more urgent.

Environmental Food Crisis: The Environment's Role in Averting Future Food Crises

United Nations

The report provides the first summary by the UN of how climate change, water stress, invasion pests and land degradation may impact world food security, food prices and life on the planet and how we may be able to feed the world in a more sustainable manner.

Exposed: The Toxic Chemistry Of Everyday Products - Who's At Risk And What's At Stake For American Power.

Mark Schapiro

Spurning precautionary practices damages us, our ecosystems and American competitive advantage.

Feeding the Planet: Environmental Protection Through Sustainable Agriculture

Klaus Hahlbrock

Almost one billion people suffer from malnutrition worldwide. While the global population is still growing dramatically, many starve. Our climate is threatened while agricultural production stagnates. Klaus Hahlbrock extols a responsible response to dealing with nature and poses an important question: how can we maintain a viable and vital diversity of the species?

Field Notes from a Catastrophe: Man, Nature and Climate Change.

Elizabeth Kolbert

Expansion of author's cogent New Yorker series on the urgent global warming crisis.

Finding Higher Ground: Adaptation in the Age of Warming

Amy Seidl

Seidl (Early Spring) transcends wrangling about the reality of climate change by focusing on those already adapting to shifts in temperature: flora, fauna, and farmers.

First Steps: Conserving Our Environment

Joe Zammit-lucia

In this series of stunning photographs, British photographer Zammit-Lucia celebrates the successes of the environmental movement and draws attention to the conservation work that remains.

Food Fight: The Citizen's Guide to a Food and Farm Bill.

Daniel Imhoff

Tell-all on subsidies distorting our food system, our bodies and our future.

Food Rules: An Eater's Manual

Michael Pollan

Whether at the supermarket or an all-you-can-eat-buffet, this handy, pocket-size resource is the perfect guide for anyone who would like to become more mindful of the food we eat.

Force of Nature: The Unlikely Story of Wal-mart's Green Revolution

Edward Humes

Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Humes (Eco Barons) offers a stirring story of how ecologically responsible practices are increasingly benefiting the bottom line, and how as Wal-Mart goes global (and tries to lure back the more green-conscious consumer decamping for Target), the biggest retailer in the world is, slowly but surely, encouraging a change for the better.

Forests Forever: Their Ecology, Restoration, and Protection

John J. Berger / Charles E. Little (FRW)

Forests today are both our most plentiful and our most endangered natural resource. Understanding their workings and how to sustain them is imperative to ensuring the future of humanity. John Berger urges us to learn what can be done to preserve these treasures, and he offers here a compelling guide to the complex issues surrounding forest preservation.

Garbage Land: On the Secret Trail of Trash.

Elizabeth Royte.

Travel the fascinating trail trash takes - with experts.

Golden Gate Gardening: The Complete Guide to Year-Round Food Gardening in the San Francisco Bay Area and Coastal California

Pam Peirce

Golden Gate Gardening offers encyclopedic coverage of gardening principles and practices specific to the Bay Area and the Northern California coast.

The Great Disruption: Why the Climate Crisis Will Bring On the End of Shopping and the Birth of a New World

Paul Gilding

Gilding, former director of Greenpeace International and now on the faculty at Cambridge University’s Program for Sustainable Leadership, proposes that global warming is just one piece of an impending planetary collapse caused by our overuse of resources.

Green Careers in Energy: Your Guide to Jobs in Renewable Energy

Therese De Angelis (EDT) 

Peterson's Green Careers in Energy pinpoints the best opportunities in the fast-growing and most promising renewable energy fields-solar, wind geothermal, hydroelectric and marine, biofuel, and hydrogen-with data on colleges, organizations, and institutions that offer courses, degrees, certification, and training/retraining.

Green Cleaning For Dummies

Elizabeth B. Goldsmith / Betsy Sheldon

Green Cleaning For Dummies provides readers with green solutions to every common cleaning chore. Focusing on organic, nontoxic, sustainable alternatives to conventional cleaning products, it's packed with suggestions and tips for effective cleaning, and even offers green solutions for sprucing up patios, garages, vehicles, and the exterior of a house.

Green Collar Jobs: Environmental Careers for the 21st Century

Scott M. Deitche / Tim Center (FRW)

Green jobs are becoming one of the most dynamic career paths in the country. In fact, recent studies show that green career growth is outpacing traditional job growth. As further proof that the field has come of age, the book contains specific references to numerous green career websites and job boards in the renewable energy industry.

The Green Scorecard: Measuring the Return on Investment in Sustainability Initiatives

Patricia Pulliam Phillips / Jack J. Phillips

From solar panels to company-wide recycling programs to supply chain decisions -- green is here to stay. The question is: What's working, what's not, and what should we put our energy into going forward? And the only way to know that is to do a true return-on-investment analysis. Authors Jack and Patti Phillips bring their long-touted ROI methodology to these newest business initiatives, offering businesses the true antidote to green-sky thinking.

Hot: Living Through the Next Fifty Years on Earth

Mark Hertsgaard

HOT is a father's cry against climate change, but most of the book focuses on solutions, offering a deeply reported blueprint for how all of us―as parents, communities, companies and countries―can navigate this unavoidable new era.

How Bad Are Bananas?: The Carbon Footprint of Everything

Mike Berners-Lee

Part green-lifestyle guide, part popular science, How Bad Are Bananas? is the first book to provide the information we need to make carbon-savvy purchases and informed lifestyle choices, and to build carbon considerations into our everyday thinking.

In Cheap We Trust: The Story of a Misunderstood American Virtue

Lauren Weber

Considers our hot-and-cold relationship with thrift and offers a colorful ride through its history in America, from Ben Franklin and his famous maxims to the branding of Jews and the Chinese as cheap in order to neutralize the economic competition they represented.

Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder.

Richard Louv

Extols importance of exposure to nature for physical and emotional development.

The Legacy of Luna: The Story of a Tree, a Woman, and the Struggle To Save the Redwoods.

Julia Butterfly Hill

Her two years of civil disobedience succeed in promoting the survival of primal forest.

Legally Poisoned: How the Law Puts Us at Risk from Toxicants

Carl F. Cranor

In this scientifically rigorous legal analysis, Carl Cranor argues that just as pharmaceuticals and pesticides cannot be sold without pre-market testing, other chemical products should be subject to the same safety measures. Cranor shows, in terrifying detail, what risks we run, and that it is entirely possible to design a less dangerous commercial world.

Life Without Oil: Why We Must Shift to a New Energy Future

Steve Hallett / John Wright (CON)

This timely, sobering, yet constructive discussion of energy and ecology offers a realistic vision of the near future and many important lessons about the limits of our resources.

The Long Emergency: Surviving the Converging Catastrophes of the Twenty-First Century.

James Howard Kunstler

Apocalyptic vision of a post-oil future details economic, political and social changes.

The Meat Crisis: Developing More Sustainable Production and Consumption

Joyce D'Silva (EDT) / John Webster (EDT)

This powerful and challenging book explores the issues surrounding the global growth in the production and consumption of meat and dairy animals and products, including cultural and health factors, and the implications of the likely intensification of farming for both small-scale producers and for the animals.

Merchants of Doubt: How a Handful of Scientists Obscured the Truth on Issues from Tobacco Smoke to Global Warming

Naomi Oreskes / Erik M. Conway

Annotation: “Merchants of Doubt” tells the story of how a loose-knit group of high-level scientists and scientific advisers, with deep connections in politics and industry, ran effective campaigns to mislead the public and deny well-established scientific knowledge over four decades that link smoking to lung cancer, coal smoke to acid rain, and CFCs to the ozone hole.

Moby-duck : the true story of 28,800 bath toys lost at sea, and of the beachcombers, oceanographers, environmentalists, and fools-- including the author-- who went in search of them

Donovan Hohn

This work is a journey into the heart of the sea and an adventure through science, myth, the global economy, and some of the worst weather imaginable. With each new discovery, he learns of another loose thread, and with each successive chase, he comes closer to understanding where his castaway quarry comes from and where it goes.

Mountain Justice: Homegrown Resistance to Mountaintop Removal, for the Future of Us All

Tricia Shapiro

Mountaintop removal (MTR) does exactly what it says: A mountaintop is stripped of trees, blown to bits with explosives, then pushed aside by giant equipment, all to expose a layer of coal to be mined. In recent years, local people fighting against MTR's destruction of their homes in West Virginia, Tennessee, Kentucky, and Virginia, have invited volunteers from outside Appalachia's coalfields to help them bring national attention to this shameful practice, and abolish it.

The Next Eco Warriors: 22 Young Woman and Men Who Are Saving the Planet

Emily Hunter (EDT)

Emily Hunter, daughter of Greenpeace co-founders Robert and Bobbi Hunter, introduces us to the feisty and diverse global community of young people who are tackling issues of energy use, overfishing, overconsumption, waste management, the disappearance of indigenous cultures and rainforest, and other urgent environmental/social concerns with a sense of passion and possibility.

No More Dirty Looks: The Truth About Your Beauty Products--and the Ultimate Guide to Safe and Clean Cosmetics

Siobhan O'Connor / Alexandra Spunt

Most of us don't realize that the products we use every day can expose us to thousands of chemicals that are readily absorbed through our skin. The impact on your health? It's not pretty.

Not Just a Pretty Face: The Ugly Side of the Beauty Industry.

Stacy Malkan

Warns of hazardous chemicals in products of profit-driven, unregulated U.S. cosmetics industry.

Now or Never: Why We Must Act Now to End Climate Change and Create a Sustainable Future

Tim Flannery / David Suzuki (FRW)

The bestselling author of The Weather Makers returns to the subject of climate change with a thought-provoking and powerful argument for immediate global action and a wide range of innovative, deeply pragmatic ideas to help solve the crisis.

The Omnivore's Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals.

Michael Pollan

Discusses the ecology of the food we eat in a remarkable journey up and down the food chain.

Our Planet: How Much More Can Earth Take?

Jill Jager / Laura Radosh (TRN) / Klaus Wiegandt (EDT) / Lisa Bohunovsky (COL) / Stefan Giljum (COL)

This accessible and readable introduction to the Sustainability Project quickly became a project upon which six authors collaborated. They brought together the accumulated knowledge of researchers from the Sustainable Europe Research Institute (SERI), who are versed in global environmental change, resource use, work, the economy, and sustainable development.

Our Threatened Oceans

Stefan Rahmstorf / Katherine Richardson / Baker & Harrison (TRN) / Klaus Wiegandt (EDT)

The oceans are the basis of all life—they regulate our climate and are an important source of food. But we overfish them and pollute them. If we don’t act fast this will have disastrous consequences. This volume identifies how we can start to effectively protect our oceanic ecosystems.

Pick Your Poison: How Our Mad Dash to Chemical Utopia is Making Lab Rats of Us All

Monona Rossol

If you’re alarmed by the health risks of the many hazardous chemicals we encounter at home, work, and school, don’t get frightened, get informed. Read Pick Your Poison to learn the facts and find out what you can do about the daily onslaught of toxins that are making lab rats of us all.

Plastic: A Toxic Love Story

Susan Freinkel

In this probing look at how plastic built the modern world-- and the price the world has paid for plastic-- journalist Freinkel points out that we're nearing a crisis point and gives readers the tools needed through lively anecdotes and analysis.

Plundering Appalachia: The Tragedy of Mountaintop-Removal Coal Mining

Tom Butler (EDT) / George Wuerthner (EDT) / Douglas R. Tompkins (FRW) / Wendell Berry (CON) / Denise Giardina (CON)

Plundering Appalachia is a collection of photographs and essays detailing the grim realities of mountaintop removal mining: the effects of the blasting on the environment and the people and animals in its wake; the irreversible devastation of the natural landscape of Appalachia; how mountaintop removal is or is not regulated; and the true costs of the practice over time.

Poisoned for Profit: How Toxins Are Making Our Children Chronically Ill

Philip Shabecoff / Alice Shabecoff

In a landmark investigation that's been compared to Silent Spring, two veteran journalists definitively show how, why, and where industrial toxins are causing rates of birth defects, asthma, cancer, and other serious illnesses to soar in children.

Powering the Dream: The History and Promise of Green Technology

Alexis Madrigal

Half compendium of lost opportunities, half hopeful look toward the future, Powering the Dream tells the stories of the brilliant, often irascible inventors who foresaw our current problems, tried to invent cheap and energy renewable solutions, and drew the blueprint for a green future.

Privatizing Water: Governance Failure and the World's Urban Water Crisis

Karen Bakker

Critically examining a range of issues including the transnational struggle over the human right to water, the commons as a water-supply-management strategy, and the environmental dimensions of water privatization. Privatizing Water is a balanced exploration of a critical issue that affects billions of people around the world.

Public Health SOS: The Shadow Side of the Wireless Revolution: 110 Questions on Electromagnetic Pollution from a Forum at the Commonwealth Club of California

Camilla Rees / Magda Havas, Ph.d.

Electromagnetic factors in health is an emerging public health issue globally, creating electrical sensitivity and being linked to illnesses of many kinds. Learn what the independent science shows, what you can do to create electromagnetic safety and how you can help get Congress to pay attention to this important issue affecting humans, animals and nature.

Radiation Rescue

Kerry Crofton

Safer solutions for cell phones and other wireless technologies.

The Real Wealth of Nations: Creating a Caring Economics.

Riane Eisler

Ecofeminist promotes practical plan to solve environmental and social problems.

The Ripple Effect: The Fate of Fresh Water in the Twenty-first Century

Alex Prud'Homme

The Ripple Effect is Prud’homme’s vivid and engaging inquiry into the fate of freshwater in the twenty-first century.

The Road to Yucca Mountain: The Development of Radioactive Waste Policy in the United States

J. Samuel Walker

In The Road to Yucca Mountain, J. Samuel Walker traces the U.S. government's tangled efforts to solve the technical and political problems associated with radioactive waste.

Seasick: Ocean Change and the Extinction of Life on Earth

Alanna Mitchell

In Seasick, veteran science journalist Alanna Mitchell dives beneath the surface of the world’s oceans to give readers a sense of how this watery realm can be managed and preserved, and with it life on earth.

Slow Death by Rubber Duck: The Secret Danger of Everyday Things

Rick Smith / Bruce Lourie / Sarah Dopp (CON)

Studies have shown that significant levels of toxic substances can leach out of commonplace items in our homes and workplaces. How do these toxins make their way inside us and what impact do they have on our health? And more importantly, what can we do about them? Rick Smith and Bruce Lourie tackle these questions head on by experimenting upon themselves.

Stairway Walks in San Francisco

Adah Bakalinsky / Marian Gregoire (CON)

The author has combined dozens of her favorite stairways into 27 guided neighborhood walks. Each stairway walk contains a step-by-step route description that includes notes on historical background, architecture, and other points of interest.

Sustainable Communities: A New Design Synthesis for Cities, Suburbs and Towns

Sim Van Der Ryn / Peter Calthorpe

Addressing what the authors identify as a societal conflict between "long-term social and economic health" and "short-term gain," this book offers examples, real and proposed, of sound environmental planning for communities.

A Sea in Flames: The Deepwater Horizon Oil Blowout

Carl Safina

The first book about the BP disaster by a world-renowned oceanographer, A SEA IN FLAMES examines the environmental and social consequences of the spill from the perspective of those directly affected by it.

The Sixth Extinction: Journey Among the Lost and Left Behind.

Terry Glavin

How globalization contributes to the loss of diverse cultures, languages and local traditions.

The Smart Guide to Geothermal: How to Harvest Earth's Free Energy for Heating & Cooling

Donal Blaise Lloyd / Michael Hunt (FRW)

Discover why geothermal heating and cooling is the most energy efficient technology available to homeowners, and how all homes--new or retrofit, in hot or cold climates--can use this reliable, silent, non-polluting way of extracting free energy from the earth.

Totem Salmon: Life Lessons from Another Species.

Freeman House

In lyrical writing, describes effort to save the salmon in one Humboldt County river.


Henry David Thoreau

The 1854 classic with an introduction and annotations by Bill McKibben.

Water in a Changing World: United Nations World Water Development Report No 3

World Water Assessment Programme (United Nations)

A global assessment of the state of freshwater resources.

Water Resources: Efficient, Sustainable and Equitable Use

Wolfram Mauser / Karen Schneider (TRN) / Klaus Wiegandt (EDT)

This work shows what conflicts this will entail, and provides a basis for possible solutions. It is one of 12 books addressing global sustainability concerns commissioned by the Forum for Responsibility in Germany.

We all live downstream: writings about mountaintop removal

Jason Howard ed.

WE ALL LIVE DOWNSTREAM is a multi-genre anthology of noted authors and young writers speaking out against mountaintop removal coal mining.

The Wild Trees: A Story of Passion and Daring.

Richard Preston

Explores previously unknown ecosystem in the canopy of Northern California's redwoods.

The Wilderness Warrior: Theodore Roosevelt and the Crusade for America

Douglas Brinkley

An extraordinary and timeless biography that looks at the influence the natural world played on Theodore Roosevelt.

A World Without Bees

Alison Benjamin / Brian Mccallum

Writers and beekeepers Benjamin and McCallum have traveled across Europe and North America investigating the plight of the honeybee, which is disappearing across the globe at an alarming rate, addressing different causes for this growing catastrophe (dubbed colony collapse disorder or CCD), including viruses, parasites, pesticides, climate change, and the demands of commercial beekeeping.

The World Without Us.

Alan Weisman

Paints provocative scenario of what would happen to earth if all humans disappeared.

Zapped: Why Your Cell Phone Shouldn't Be Your Alarm Clock and 1,268 Ways to Outsmart the Hazards of Electronic Pollution

Ann Louise Gittleman

Ann Louise Gittleman brings forth the latest research into electromagnetic fields to create this groundbreaking guide for every citizen of the wireless age. With the proactive, levelheaded approach that has made her one of our most respected health experts, she not only clarifies the risks but also offers specific, step-by-step information for how anyone can minimize them.


After the Deluge.

Chris Carlsson

Full Enjoyment Books, 2004. A teen arsonist threatens utopian San Francisco's sustainable direct democracy.

Always Coming Home.

Ursula K. Le Guin

Complex portrayal of a yet-to-exist society in Northern California.


David Brin

Ecological disasters threaten the entire planet.

Earth Abides.

George Rippey Stewart

Classic of last man on earth after epidemic - and he lives in Berkeley!

Ecotopia: The Notebooks and Reports of William Weston.

Ernest Callenbach

The Northwest secedes from the Union to form a socially and ecologically responsible state.

A Friend Of The Earth.

Coraghessan T. Boyle

A riff on the mores and manias of environmental crusaders, blending idealism and satire.

The Fifth Sacred Thing.


Ecofeminist's epic novel pits San Francisco utopia against Southern California dystopia.

Future Primitive: The New Ecotopias.

Kim Stanley Robinson ed.

Notable short works of visionary fiction incorporate elements of primitivism and eco-anarchism.

Into The Forest.

Jean Hegland

Two sisters survive in the Northern California forest when fuel deliveries to the area cease.

Ishmael: An Adventure of the Mind and Spirit.

Daniel Quinn

Records philosophical conversations that take place between a man and a gorilla.

The Monkey Wrench Gang.

Edward Abbey

A comic and incendiary call to protect the American wilderness.

Virtual Light.

William Gibson

Viscerally convincing dystopia of homeless living on Bay Bridge.



Bag it

Our story follows Jeb Berrier, an average American guy--admittedly not a 'tree hugger'--who makes a pledge to stop using plastic bags. This simple action gets Jeb thinking about all kinds of plastic. Jeb embarks on a global tour to unravel the complexities of our plastic world.


Magidson Films, Inc., 2001.
Captures the harmony and the calamity that humans and nature have visited upon the Earth.

Big ideas for a small planet. Season 1

Forward-thinking designers, products and processes that are at the forefront of a new green world-- fashion and product designers, entrepreneurs,  first-time inventors  who have the potential to transform our everyday lives.

The botany of desire

Shows how human desires are an essential, intricate part of natural history. The program will explore the natural history of four plants -the apple, the tulip, marijuana, and the potato - and the corresponding human desires - sweetness, beauty, intoxication and control. This two-hour documentary begins in Michael Pollan's garden, and roams the world, from the fields of Iowa to the apple forests of Kazakhstan, from a medical marijuana hot house to the tulip markets of Amsterdam.


"[T]ells the epic story of one of the largest and most controversial legal cases on the planet: the infamous $27 billion 'Amazon Chernobyl' lawsuit pitting 30,000 rainforest dwellers in Ecuador against the U.S. oil giant Chevron." -- Container.

The Day After Tomorrow.

Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment, 2004
Climatologist Jack Hall must fight to survive the elements when global warming triggers the onset of a new Ice Age

Dirt! the movie

Through live action and animation, examines the history and current state of the living organic matter that feeds and shelters humanity, and helps regulate the Earth's climate.

The End of Suburbia.

Electric Wallpaper Co., 2004
Will the end of cheap and plentiful petroleum mean the end of suburbia as we know it?

Fed Up!: Genetic Engineering, Industrial Agriculture and Sustainable Alternatives.

Wholesome Goodness Productions, 2002
An entertaining and informative overview of America's contemporary food production system.

Food, Inc

Exposes how our nation's food supply is now controlled by a handful of corporations that often put profits ahead of consumer health, the livelihood of the American farmer, the safety of workers and our own environment


A powerful portrait of America's overwhelming addiction to, and reliance on, oil. Having been born and raised in one of the USA's most oil-producing regions, Josh Tickell saw firsthand how the industry controls, deceives, and damages the country, its people, and the environment, and after one too many people he know became sick, he knew he just couldn't idly stand by any longer.

The Future of Food.

Lily Films, 2004
Reveals the devastation genetically modified crops have wreaked upon farmers, crops, foods and communities, and shows new solutions.

Garbage warrior

Garbage Warrior is a feature-length documentary film telling the epic story of maverick US architect Michael Reynolds and his fight to introduce radically sustainable housing. An extraordinary tale of triumph over bureaucracy, Garbage Warrior is above all an intimate portrait of an extraordinary individual and his dream of changing the world.


GAS HOLE is an eye-opening documentary about the history of oil prices and sheds light on a secret that the big oil companies don't want you to know – that there are viable and affordable alternatives to petroleum fuel! It also provides a detailed examination of our continued dependence on foreign oil and examines various potential solutions -- starting with claims of buried technology that dramatically improves gas mileage, to navigating bureaucratic governmental roadblocks, to evaluating different alternative fuels that are technologically available now, to questioning the American Consumers' reluctance to embrace alternatives. --


Exposes how our nation's food supply is now controlled by a handful of corporations that often put profits ahead of consumer health, the livelihood of the American farmer, the safety of workers and our own environment

Global Warming: What's Up With the Weather?

WGBH Boston, 2000
Explores the possible relationship between rising global temperatures and extreme weather events.

Go further

Actor Woody Harrelson leads a group of friends on an environmental activism bus tour from Seattle to Santa Barbara


This is evolution in action: individual creatures under extreme pressure to overcome challenges from adversaries and their environment. With David Attenborough.

Miracle planet

A history of the formation of Earth and the evolutionary steps that have led to modern life.

The national parks: America's best idea

Chronicles the history of America's national parks system from its birth in the middle 1800s to the present day.

Oil on Ice.

Warner Home Video, 2005
Discusses conflict between the oil industry and environmentalists over the future of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.

Planet Earth: The Complete Series.

BBC Video, 2007
A beautifully filmed nine hour exploration of the habitats and natural wonders of our world.

Saved by the sun

“A provocative mix of scientists, economists, and ordinary citizens who are all pushing the envelope of solar power's untapped potential"

The story of stuff

"A fast-paced, fact-filled look at the underside of our production and consumption patterns, with a special focus on the United States. All the stuff in our lives, beginning from the extraction of the resources to make it, through its production, sale, use and disposal, affects communities at home and abroad, yet most of this is hidden from view. [The film] exposes the connections between a huge number of environmental and social issues and calls for all of us to create a more sustainable and just world" --