Readings & Resources

Sustainability Studies is a transdisciplinary field that seeks to understand the complexity of our world especially interrelationships among environmental, economic, and sociocultural systems. In addition, it's not enough to just know things; we have to actually do things to make our societies and ecosystems better! RWU faculty have compiled this list of recommened resources" to help you enagage further in your sustainability studies outside the classroom. Some of these resources are used in our classes. Of course, this list is not comprehensive; a lot of classic books and great recent ones are not here. But this will provide you with a start. Enjoy, learn, and take action!


  • Peter Barnes (2006) Capitalism 3.0. link
  • Yvonne Baskin (1998) The Work of Nature: How thd Diversity of Life Sustains Us. link
  • Lester Brown (2009) Plan B: 4.0. Available as a free pdf download here.
  • Fritjof Capra (2002) The Hidden Connections: Integrating the Biological, Cognitive, and Social Dimensions of Life into a Science of Sustainability. link
  • Rob Dietz and Dan O'Neill (2013) Enough is Enough: Building a Sustainable Economy in a World of Finite Resources. link
  • Suzi Gablik (1995) The Reenchantment of Art. link
  • Jane Goodall (2009) Hope for Animals and Their World: How Endangered Species are Being Rescued from the Brink. link
  • Richard Heinberg (2010) Peak Everything. link
  • Paul Loeb (2010) Soul of a Citizen: Living with Conviction in Challenging Times. link
  • Barbara Matilsky (1992) Fragile Ecologies: Contemporary Artists' Interpretations And Solutions. link
  • Donella Meadows (2008) Thinking in Systems: A Primer. link
  • Bill McKibben (2007) Deep Economy: The Wealth of Communities and the Durable Future. (Used in SUST 301) link
  • William McDonough and Michael Baumgarter (2013) The Upcycle: Beyond Sustainability-Designing for Abundance. link
  • Juliet Schor (2010) Pentitude: A New Economics for True Wealth. link
  • Vandana Shiva (2005) Earth Democracy. link
  • Christopher Uhl (2013) Developing Ecological Consciousness: The End of Separation. link
  • Tom Wessels (2006) The Myth of Progress: Toward a Sustainable Future. (Used in SUST 101)  link
  • Edward O. Wilson. (2003) The Future of Life. link
  • Kenneth Worthy (2013) Invisible Nature. link


  • The Earth Charter (2000) link
  • Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Fifth Assessment Reports (2014) link
  • Millennium Ecosystem Assessment. (2005) Ecosystems and Human Well-being: General Synthesis. downloadable here

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