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Recommended Reading


Biomimicry: Innovation Inspired by Nature, Janine M. Benyus

The Consumers Guide to Effective Environmental Choices: Practical Advice from The Union of Concerned Scientists, Michael Brower, Ph.D., and Warren Leon, Ph.D.

Cool Companies: How the Best Businesses Boost Profits and Productivity by Cutting Greenhouse-Gas Emissions, Joseph J. Romm

Cradle to Cradle, Michael Braungart and William McDonough

Deep Economy, Bill McKibben

Diet for a Small Planet, Frances Moore Lappe

The Ecology of Commerce, Paul Hawken

The Green Collar Economy: How One Solution Can Fix Our Two Biggest Problems, Van Jones

Green Home Computing for Dummies, Woody Leonhard and Katherine Murray

Hot, Flat, and Crowded: Why We Need a Green Revolution--and How It Can Renew America, Thomas L. Friedman

An Inconvenient Truth, Al Gore (book or movie)

The Last Hours of Ancient Sunlight, Thom Hartmann

Natural Capitalism, Paul Hawken, Amory Lovins and L. Hunter Lovins

The Natural Step: A Framework, Karl-Henrik Robert

Our Ecological Footprint: Reducing Human Impact on the Earth, Williams E. Rees, Phil Testemale and Mathis Wackernagel

Silent Spring, Rachel Carson

The Story of Stuff, Annie Leonard

The Transition Handbook: From Oil Dependency to Local Resilience, Rob Hopkins

$20 Per Gallon, Christopher Steiner

Winning the Oil Endgame, Amory B. Lovins, E. Kyle Datta, Odd-Even Bustnes, Jonathan G. Koomey, Nathan J. Glasgow


Northwest Earth Institute Discussion Courses

Global Warming: Changing Course
A four-session course exploring the history and science of global warming, personal values and habits as they relate to climate change, and personal actions to curb the effects of global warming.

Choices for Sustainable Living
A seven-session course exploring the meaning of sustainable living and the ties between lifestyle choices and their impact on ecological systems.

Menu for the Future
A six-session course exploring the connection between food and sustainability.

Voluntary Simplicity
A five-session course addressing the distractions of modern society that keep us from caring for ourselves, our relationships, and the environment

Healthy Children - Healthy Planet
A seven-session course that discusses how the pervasive effects of advertising, media, and our consumer culture can influence a child's view of the world.

Discovering a Sense of Place
A seven-session course focusing on knowing and protecting our place.

Exploring Deep Ecology
An eight-session course addressing core values and how they affect the way we view and treat the earth.