Books I’ve read and recommend to become better acquainted with the different aspects of creating sustainable communities (Originally published 08/14/2006 – obviously, lots of great books on the subject have been published since then.):
Abram, David. The Spell of the Sensuous: Perception and Language in a More-than-Human World
Alexander, Christopher W., Murray Silverstein, Sara Ishikawa, Sara Ishikawa, and Murray Silverstein. A Pattern Language: Towns, Buildings, Construction.
Benyus, Janine M. Biomimicry: Innovation Inspired by Nature.
Berry, Wendell. Home Economics.
Brower, Michael, and Warren Leon. The Consumer’s Guide to Effective Environmental Choices.
Brown, Lester R. Plan B 2.0: Rescuing a Planet Under Stress and a Civilization in Trouble.
Daly, Herman E., and John B. Cobb, Jr. For the Common Good: Redirecting the Economy Toward Community, the Environment, and a Sustainable Future.
Diamond, Jared. Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed.
Earley, Lawrence S. Looking for Longleaf: The Fall and Rise of an American Forest.
Edwards-Jones, Gareth, Ben Davies, and Salman Hussain. Ecological Economics: An Introduction.
Elizabeth, Lynne, and Cassandra Adams. Alternative Construction: Contemporary Natural Building Methods.
Gibbons, Eull. Stalking the Wild Asparagus.
Greer, John Michael. The Long Descent: A User’s Guide to the End of the Industrial Age.
Hawken, Paul. Blessed Unrest: How the Largest Movement in the World Came Into Being and Why No One Saw It Coming.
Hawken, Paul, Amory Lovins, and L. Hunter Lovins. Natural Capitalism: Creating the Next Industrial Revolution.
Heinberg, Richard. The Party’s Over: Oil, War, and the Fate of Industrial Societies.
Hemenway, Toby. Gaia’s Garden: A Guide to Home-Scale Permaculture.
Holmgren, David. Permaculture: Principles & Pathways Beyond Sustainability.
Hopkins, Rob. Energy Descent Pathways: evaluating potential responses to Peak Oil.
Hopkins, Rob. The Transition Handbook: From Oil Dependency to Local Resiliance.
Kellert, Stephen R. Building for Life: Designing and Understanding the Human-Nature Connection
Kellert, Stephen R., Judith H. Heerwagen, and Martin L. Mador, ed. Biophilic Design: The Theory, Science and Practice of Bringing Buildings to Life.
Kunstler, James Howard. The Long Emergency: Surviving the End of Oil, Climate Change, and Other Converging Catastrophes of the Twenty-First Century.
Maslow, Abraham H. Toward a Psychology of Being.
McDonough, William, and Michael Braungart. Cradle to Cradle: Remaking the Way We Make Things.
McHarg, Ian L. Design with Nature.
Mies, Maria, and Vandana Shiva. Ecofeminism.
Nash, Roderick Frazier. The Rights of Nature: A History of Environmental Ethics.
Pyle, Robert Michael. The Thunder Tree Lessons From an Urban Wildland.
Ray, Janisse. Wild Card Quilt: The Ecology of Home.
Schumacher, E.F. Small is Beautiful: Economics as if People Mattered.
Seed, John, Joanna Macy, Pat Fleming, and Arne Naess. Thinking Like a Mountain: Towards a Council of All Beings.
Snell, Clarke, Tim Callahan, and Timothy Callahan. Building Green: A Complete How-To Guide to Alternative Building Methods: Earth Plaster, Straw Bale, Cordwood, Cob, Living Roofs.
Solar Energy International. Photovoltaics: Design and Installation Manual.
Stamets, Paul. Mycelium Running: How Mushrooms Can Help Save the World.
Starhawk. The Fifth Sacred Thing.
Villiers, Marq de. Water: The Fate of Our Most Precious Resource.
Wackernagel, Mathis, and William Rees. Our Ecological Footprint: Reducing Human Impact on Earth.
Whitney, Ellie, D. Bruce Means, and Anne Rudloe. Priceless Florida: Natural Ecosystems and Native Species.
Williams, Terry Tempest. Red: Passion and Patience in the Desert.
Wilson, E.O. Biophilia.