The Big Sustainable Picture

There are so many great books on the ideas that underlie today’s sustainability movement. There also are plenty of online tools, resources and apps to help us make sustainable choices in our daily lives. Following are just a few of those resources.


  • Small Is Beautiful: Economics as if People Mattered, E.F. Schumacher, 1973, Harper Perennial, New York, 1973
  • Sustainability: A History, Jeremy L. Caradonna, Oxford University Press, New York, 2014
  • Whole Earth Field Guide, Caroline Maniaque-Benton and Meredith Gaglio, The MIT Press, 2016
  • Whole Earth Catalog, Stewart Brand (several additions available)
  • Silent Spring, Rachel Carson, Houghton Mifflin Company, New York, 1962
  • Greenhouse: The 200-Year Story of Global Warming, Gale. E. Christianson, Walker and Company, New York, 1999
  • The Good Earth: Helen and Scott Nearing’s Sixty Years of Self-Sufficient Living, Scott and Helen Nearing, Schocken Books
  • The Death and Life of Great American Cities, Jane Jacobs, The Modern Library, New York

Online Resources

  • curates articles on various aspects of the sharing/collaborative/peer-to-peer economy.
  • The Post Carbon Institute’s publishes articles on environmental, economic and social sustainability and resiliency.
  • JouleBug (app) offers sustainable lifestyle tips and allows users to compete with each other based on sustainable choices.
  • Rippl (free IPhone app) provides green living tips.
  • Earthwatch,, is a non-profit environmental organization that connects individuals with scientists to conduct research.