Apr 20, 2018
THEME: Sustainability

What We’re Reading: Earth Day Edition

Once a month, we ask our colleagues to share what’s on their nightstand, Kindle, or in podcast queue. This month in honor of Earth Day, we put out a call for anything and everything pertaining to creating a more sustainable, equitable planet. Herewith, a few #SustainabilityReads to keep you occupied through Spring (and Summer… and Winter… and…)

Paula McEvoy


Project Drawdown, edited by Paul Hawken, is a collection of quantifiable strategies from around the world which are able to limit or sequester atmospheric carbon and greenhouse gases. These are things that already exist and that people are already doing – not projections or developing technology. It’s one of the few books that actually points out solutions.

Megan Recher


I’m currently reading Daniel Quinn’s Ishmael. This is a fascinating Socratic dialogue about why things are the way they are in a modern civilized society. It dives into religion, civilization, sustainability, and philosophy. It’s an eye opening and inspiring novel that has changed the way I think about society and sustainability.

Janice Barnes


I recently read How Culture Shapes the Climate Change Debate by Andrew Hoffman. It shares important message about how we need to carefully explore and understand the cultures that we’re working within in order to make progress on climate change initiatives. It’s a respectful and curiosity-driven approach to better knowing the context in order to create healthier collaborations

Stephen Messinger

LEED AP BD+C, Certified Passive House Consultant

The best book I ever purchased was Sun, Wind & Light by G.Z. Brown and Mark DeKay. It includes design thinking and strategies for sustainability. I bought it in grad school and haven’t stopped using it. I recommend it to all students of the earth.

Stephen’s well-loved copy of “Sun, Wind & LIght”

Devin Kleiner


I’m reading Saving Tarboo Creek: One Family’s Quest to Heal the Land by Scott Freeman. It is written by a biology professor who provides insights into nature that we don’t usually get from architecture-focused sustainable design books. The book is teaching me to take the time to truly observe nature and care for it as we would our family and friends. Through this practice, I believe it will make me a better designer.

Russell Philstrom


Most recent book I’ve read is What We Think About When We Try Not to Think About Global Warming: Toward a New Psychology of Climate Action by Per Espen Stoknes. It’s an easy to read book with actual recommendations on how to use human psychology to get people and organizations to act on dealing with climate change.  The approaches described can be used beyond just climate change but any large scale problem that humanity faces as we reconcile our connection and interaction with the natural world.

Ken Wilson

LEED Fellow

I recently read The Nature Fix by Florence Williams.  This is a fascinating book that chronicles the work of numerous scientists and researchers across the world from Korea to Finland that are studying and documenting the positive effects of nature on human wellbeing.

Happy Earth Day, everyone!

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