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Michael Allaby, ed., The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Ecology (Oxford: Oxford Univ. Pr., 1994).

Stephen T. Bajjaly, The Community Networking Handbook (Chicago: ALA, 1999). Surveys the process of community networking: planning, marketing, outreach, and evaluation.

Alan Berman, Your Naturally Healthy Home: Stylish, Safe, Simple (Emmaus, Penn.: Rodale Press, 2001). "A beautiful, practical handbook for homeowners looking to protect the environment—and their health."

Steven Bernstein, The Compromise of Liberal Environmentalism (New York: Columbia Univ. Pr., 2001).

Kathy Booth, Culture Builds Communities: A Guide to Partnership Building and Putting Culture to Work on Social Issues (Washington, D.C.: Partners for Livable Communities, 1995).

Kathy Booth, Institutions as Fulcrums of Change: A Creative Reimagination of Every Community's Resources (Washington, D.C.: Partners For Livable Communities, 1996).

Borrowed Time? The Future of Public Libraries in the UK (London: Comedia, 1993)

Laurie-Anne Bosselaar, ed., Urban Nature: Poems about Wildlife in the City (Minneapolis, Minn.: Milkweed Editions, 2000).

Roberta Brandes, Cities Back from the Edge: New Life for Downtown (New York: John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 1998).

Lester Brown et al., State of the World (New York: W. W. Norton & Co., annual). These annual reports focus on a variety of topics crucial to "progress toward a sustainable society," including population dynamics, environmental "surprises," information technologies and the environment, nutrition, and hunger.

Dean Brennan and Al Zelinka, Safescape: Creating Safer, More Livable Communities through Planning Design (Chicago: Planners Press, 2001).

R. Brown, B. Green, and L. King, "Sustainable Development: Municipal Services with Broad Appeal," Nation's Cities Weekly 18, no. 6 (1995): 7–10.

Choices for Sustainable Living (Portland, Ore.: Northwest Earth Institute). This book of readings about options for ecologically sustainable lifestyles, communities, and organizations is available for discussion groups only. For more information contact NWEI at (503) 227-2807;

Community Sustainability Collection (Gaithersburg, Md.: Izaak Walton League of America, 1998). This notebook-bound collection includes four community sustainability workshop guides, case studies, and the CD-ROM "This Place Called Home: Tools for Sustainable Communities." These guides would be extremely useful for community-based discussions in the local library and are also available singly. For more information contact Izaak Walton League of America, 707 Conservation Lane, Gaithersburg, MD 20872-2983; (301) 548-0150;

Culture and Neighbourhoods: Concepts and References, Culture and Neighborhoods Series, vol. 1 (Strasbourg, France: Council of Europe Publishing, 1995).

Franco Bianchini with Lia Ghilardi Santacatterina, Culture and Neighbourhoods: A Comparative Report , Culture and Neighborhoods Series, vol. 2 (Strasbourg, France: Council of Europe Publishing, 1997).

Michel Steimer, Culture and Neighbourhoods: Talking about the Neighbourhood: Views from Locals and Artists , Culture and Neighborhoods Series, vol. 3 (Strasbourg, France: Council of Europe Publishing, 1997).

Culture and Neighbourhoods: Perspectives and Keywords, Culture and Neighborhoods Series, vol. 4 (Strasbourg, France: Council of Europe Publishing, 1998).

Guy Dauncy with Patrick Mazza, Stormy Weather: 101 Solutions to Global Climate Change (Gabriola Island, B.C.: New Society Publishers, 2001). This book describes the basics of climate change, showcases the best solutions from around the world, and offers a menu of solutions from every level, from personal to global.

Charles N. Dorn, ed., Developing Communities Through Cultural Heritage and Ecological Tourism (Washington, D.C.: Florida State Univ. for Arts Administration, 1995).

Earth Works Group, You Can Change America (Berkeley, Calif.: Earthworks Pr., 1993). A "fifty simple things" book about how to make a difference right now in your community, in Congress, and in the country.

Duane Elgin, Voluntary Simplicity: Toward a Way of Life that Is Outwardly Simple, Inwardly Rich , rev. ed. (New York: Quill Pr., 1993).

Kevin Gallagher, Neva R. Goodwin, Jonathan Harris, and Timothy Wise, eds. , A Survey of Sustainable Development (Washington, D.C.: Island Pr., 2001). Many of you have raised the issue that the term “sustainability” is one that is used increasingly often, but it is rarely defined and perhaps even less understood. This newly published compendium addresses that problem.

Robert Gottlieb, Environmentalism Unbound: Exploring New Pathways for Change (Cambridge, Mass.: The MIT Pr., 2001).

Maureen Hart, Guide to Sustainable Community Indicators , 2d ed. (North Andover, Mass.: Hart Environmental Data, 1999). How do you know if your community is moving in a sustainable or an unsustainable direction? The answer depends on what sustainability indicators you choose to measure progress. This book provides sample sustainability indicators and suggestions for creating your own.

Paul Hawken, The Ecology of Commerce (New York: HarperBusiness, 1993). "To create an enduring society, we will need a system of commerce and production where each and every act is inherently sustainable and restorative."

Lamont C. Hempel, Sustainable Communities: From Vision to Action (Claremont, Calif.: School of Politics and Economics, Claremont Graduate Univ., 1998). This booklet is a substantive discussion of sustainable communities' concepts, issues, and strategies.

Marilyn Hempel, Sustainable Communities: Guide for Grassroots Activists , vol. 4, no. 5 (Redlands, Calif.: Population Pr.). This booklet's three sections offer viewpoints on sustainability, activities, and communities at work. The Population Coalition is a national spin-off of the League of Women Voters. For more information contact: Population Coalition, P.O. Box 7918, Redlands, CA 92375.

John Javna, Fifty Simple Things Kids Can Do to Save the Earth (Kansas City, Mo.: Andrews and McMeel, 1990).

Jeremy Leggett, The Carbon War: Global Warming and the End of the Oil Era (New York: Routledge, 2001).

Janet Luhrs, Simple Living Guide: A Sourcebook for Less Stressful, More Joyful Living (New York: Broadway Books, 1997).

Chris Masur, Sustainable Community Development: Principles and Concepts (Delray Beach, Fla.: St. Lucie Pr., 1997). Writing for those concerned with social/environmental sustainability and the restoration of local community, Masur provides a readable, in-depth treatise on the why, what, where, and how of community sustainability.

Kathleen de la Peña McCook, A Place at the Table: Participating in Community Building (Chicago: ALA, 2000).

Robert McNulty, "The Role of the Nonprofit Organization in Renewing Community," N ational Civic Review 85, no. 4 (winter 1996).

Robert H. McNulty and Clint Page, eds., State of the American Community (Washington, D.C.: Partners for Livable Communities, 1994).

National Green Pages: A Directory of Products and Services for People and the Planet (Washington, D.C.: Co-op America, 1999).

Peter Newman, Sustainability and Cities (Washington, D.C.: Island Pr., 1998).

Partners for Livable Spaces, The Better Community Catalog: A Source Book of Ideas, People, and Strategies (Washington, D.C.: Acropolis Books Ltd., 1989).

The President's Council on Sustainable Development, Sustainable Communities: Task Force Report (Washington, D.C.: U.S. Government Printing Office, 1997). This task force was "charged with developing consensus-based policy recommendations on how the United States can create opportunities, reduce barriers, and encourage collaborative partnerships to implement sustainable development locally." This volume also contains ten local case studies and community profiles from each state.

Warren Schultz, The Organic Suburbanite: A Swell Way to Live the American Dream (Emmaus, Penn.: Rodale Press, 2001). A "comprehensive, clever guide to 'doing the right thing' in America's suburban wilderness."

Smart Growth: Economy, Community, Environment (Washington, D.C.: Urban Land Institute, 1998).

Smart Talk for Growing Communities (Pomfret, Conn.: Study Circles Resource Center, 1999). More and more communities are coming together in study circles to find ways to make growth work for them.

Sara Stein, Noah’s Children: Restoring the Ecology of Childhood (San Francisco: North Point Press, 2001). The author, who is a horticulturist and environmentalist, describes the connections between the natural world and children’s natural interest in discovering it.

Transit Cooperation Research Program, The Role of Transit in Creating Livable Metropolitan Communities (New York: National Academy Pr., 1997).

U.S. Department of Transportation, Building Livable Communities Through Transportation (Washington, D.C.: 1996).

Mathis Wackernackel and William Rees, Our Ecological Footprint: Reducing Human Impact on the Earth (Gabriola Island, B.C., Canada: New Society Publ., 1996). The ecological footprint is a graphic way to begin to think about how one's consumption of resources impacts on the earth's carrying capacity. Recognition of this impact has motivated many to act for a more sustainable community, country, and world.

Susanna Williams, Arts and Culture as Assets for Community Building: A Community Handbook (Washington, D.C.: Partners for Livable Communities, 1994).

Jan-Olaf Willums, The Sustainable Business Challenge: A Briefing for Tomorrow's Business Leaders (Sheffield, England: Greenleaf Publ., 1998).

World Bank, Sustainable Transport (Washington, D.C.: The World Bank, 1996).

World Commission on Environment and Development, Our Common Future (New York: Oxford Univ. Pr., 1987). This classic report to the United Nations General Assembly effectively launched the global movement for sustainable development and sustainable communities.

World Commission on Environment and Development, The Livable City: Revitalizing Urban Communities , Paula Park, ed. (New York: McGraw-Hill, Inc., 2000).


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