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Island Press began with a simple idea: knowledge is power—the power to imagine a better future and find ways for getting us there. Founded in 1984, Island Press’ mission is to provide the best ideas and information to those seeking to understand and protect the environment and create solutions to its complex problems.

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To Conserve Unimpaired

The Evolution of the National Park Idea

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The Kingdom of Rarities

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An original and important investigation of rarity and its relationship to conservation.

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River Notes

A Natural and Human History of the Colorado

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Combining science and adventure with glorious imagery, this book follows environmental advocate Robert F. Kennedy Jr. and National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence Wade Davis on a rafting adventure down the Colorado.

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Global Farms Race

Land Grabs, Agricultural Investment, and the Scramble for Food Security

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The first book to examine the burgeoning trend of buying up huge swaths of farmland abroad in all its complexity, considering the implications for investors, host countries, and the world as a whole.

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Tibet Wild

A Naturalist’s Journey on the Roof of the World

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Follows Dr. George Schaller’s expeditions to the Tibetan Plateau from 1984 until the present day, including an inside look at Schaller’s current and possibly most ambitious project: the creation of the Pamir International Peace Park at the junction of Afghanistan, Pakistan, China, and Tajikistan.

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Corporation 2020

Transforming Business for Tomorrow's World

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Planning as if People Matter

Governing for Social Equity

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This book goes beyond theory to give real-world examples of how better planning can level inequities.

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Resilience Practice

Building Capacity to Absorb Disturbance and Maintain Function

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In this follow-up to Resilience Thinking, Brian Walker and David Salt explore how systems can be managed to promote and sustain resilience.

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Stewardship of the Built Environment

Sustainability, Preservation, and Reuse

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Stewardship of the Built Environment shows how rehabilitating and reusing existing structures holds untapped potential for achieving sustainable communities.

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The Shape of Green

Aesthetics, Ecology, and Design

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The Shape of Green argues that beauty is inherent to sustainability, for how things look and feel is as important as how they’re made.

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Climate and Conservation

Landscape and Seascape Science, Planning, and Action

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Climate and Conservation offers readers tangible, place-based examples of projects designed to protect large landscapes as a means of conserving biodiversity in the face of the looming threat of global climate change.

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Green Cities of Europe

Global Lessons on Green Urbanism

Edited by Timothy Beatley
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With Green Cities of Europe, Beatley offers the North American planning community not only a vision of holistic sustainability, but a clear guide to accomplishing it at home.

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Cooler, Smarter

Practical Steps for Low-Carbon Living

By The Union of Concerned Scientists
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This science-based guide shows you the most effective ways to cut your own global warming emissions by twenty percent or more, and explains why your individual contribution is so vital to addressing this global problem.

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Evolution in a Toxic World

How Life Responds to Chemical Threats

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State of the World 2012

Creating Sustainable Prosperity

By The Worldwatch Institute
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An incisive assessment of environmental successes and failures over the past twenty years—and what we should do next.

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Vital Signs 2012

The Trends that are Shaping Our Future

By The Worldwatch Institute
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From obesity to ecosystem services, from grain production to nuclear power, this book offers the sometimes-shocking facts that need to guide our stewardship of the Earth’s resources.

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Environmental Land Use Planning and Management, Second Edition

Creating Sustainable Communities, Watersheds, and Ecosystems

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Human Transit

How Clearer Thinking about Public Transit Can Enrich Our Communities and Our Lives

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This book explains the fundamental geometry of transit that shapes successful systems; the process for fitting technology to a particular community; and the local choices that lead to transit-friendly development.

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City Rules

How Regulations Affect Urban Form

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City Rules offers a challenge to students and professionals in urban planning, design, and policy to change the rules of city-building, using regulations to reinvigorate, rather than stifle, our communities.

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Urban Ecological Design

A Process for Regenerative Places

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The Case for a Carbon Tax

Getting Past Our Hang-Ups to Effective Climate Policy

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A clear-eyed, sophisticated analysis of climate-change policy, Hsu weighs the economic, social, administrative, and political merits of a carbon tax to argue it is the most effective policy.

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Chasing Molecules

Poisonous Products, Human Health, and the Promise of Green Chemistry

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Chasing Molecules explores the development of green chemistry as an alternative to the dangerous synthetic chemicals found in countless consumer products.

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Making Healthy Places

Designing and Building for Health, Well-being, and Sustainability

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Making Healthy Places presents a diagnosis of-and offers treatment for-problems related to the built environment.

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Ideas that Matter

Foreword by Mary Rowe; Edited by Max Allen; By Center for the Living City
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Unconventional in its structure, Ideas That Matter is perhaps best described as a “verbal collage,” assembled by Jane Jacobs and many collaborators.

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The Agile City

Building Well-Being and Wealth in an Era of Climate Change

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In a very short time, America realized that global warming poses real challenges to the nation's future. The Agile City engages the fundamental question: What to do about it?

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Towards 0-Impact Buildings and Built Environments

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A compilation of key notes and best papers of the 2010 Sustainable Building Euregional Conference.

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Sustainability in America's Cities

Creating the Green Metropolis

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This book highlights how America's largest cities are acting to develop sustainable solutions to conflicts between development and environment.

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Architecture of Community

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A seminal work by a renowned architect and planner that provides a contemporary roadmap for designing or completing today's fragmented communities.

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