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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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Vital Signs 2012

The Trends that are Shaping Our Future

By The Worldwatch Institute
Island Press

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

Island Press

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

Island Press

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

Island Press

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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Shifting Baselines

The Past and the Future of Ocean Fisheries

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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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Intelligent Tinkering

Bridging the Gap between Science and Practice

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Robert J. Cabin explores the relationship between science and practice in ecological restoration. Despite the often distinct cultures and methodologies of scientists and practitioners, Cabin shows how each has a vital role in effective restoration and offers suggestions for improving working relationships.

One approach he advocates is what he calls "intelligent tinkering," where practitioners employ the same kind of careful but informal trial-and-error strategy followed by such groups as indigenous peoples and hobbyist mechanics. Cabin illustrates the power of intelligent tinkering using examples from his own work and other restoration projects.

 The gap between science and practice is a widespread problem across all fields of applied science. Intelligent Tinkering offers an insightful look at the underlying causes of the problem, along with invaluable suggestions for addressing it.
 

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Making Nature Whole

A History of Ecological Restoration

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Ideas that Matter

Foreword by Mary Rowe; Edited by Max Allen; By Center for the Living City
Island Press

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

Island Press

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

Island Press

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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The Rising Sea

Island Press

The authoritative book on sea level rise and its coastal consequences.

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Urbanism in the Age of Climate Change

Island Press

This provocative and engaging work emerges from Calthorpe’s belief that, just as the last fifty years produced massive changes in our culture, economy and environment, the next fifty will generate changes of an even more profound nature.

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Biophilic Cities

Integrating Nature into Urban Design and Planning

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A biophilic city, says Beatley, is a place that learns from nature and incorporates natural forms and images into its buildings and cityscapes. Biophilic Cities outlines the essential elements of a biophilic city, and provides examples and stories about cities that have successfully integrated biophilic elements – from the building to the regional level – around the world.

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Shadows in the Sun

Travels to Landscapes of Spirit and Desire

Island Press

Renowned anthropologist Wade Davis shows us how preserving the diversity of the world's cultures and spiritual beliefs is just as important as preserving our endangered plants, insects, and animals.

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The Sprawl Repair Manual

Island Press

The Sprawl Repair Manual demonstrates a step-by-step design process for the re-balancing and re-urbanization of suburbia into more sustainable, economical, energy- and resource-efficient patterns, from the region and the community to the block and the individual building.

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Cities for People

Island Press

Renowned architect and urban planner Jan Gehl explains the methods and tools he has used to reconfigure unworkable cityscapes into safe and sustainable cities for people – something he has helped do in Copenhagen, Melbourne, and New York City.

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Principles of Brownfield Regeneration

Cleanup, Design, and Reuse of Derelict Land

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The first book to provide an accessible introduction to the design, policy, and technical issues related to redevelopment of "brownfields" – idle property whose development or improvement is impaired by contamination.

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Design with Microclimate

The Secret to Comfortable Outdoor Space

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Arguing that a comfortable microclimate is the foundation of well-used outdoor places, Robert Brown provides useful guidelines for dealing with climate data, site assessment, microclimate modification, communication, design, and evaluation.

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5 Easy Pieces

The Impact of Fisheries on Marine Ecosystems

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5 Easy Pieces features five contributions demonstrating the massive impacts of modern industrial fisheries on marine ecosystems.

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Seven Rules for Sustainable Communities

Design Strategies for the Post Carbon World

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If widely used, these rules would lead to a much more livable world for future generations – a world that is not unlike the better parts of our own.

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Life in a Bottle

The Reality Behind Our Obsession with Bottled Water

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Authored by one of the world's foremost experts on water, this lively critique exposes the corporate misdeeds in the bottled water industry within the context of growing water shortages, and possible crisis.

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Where the Dragon Meets the Angry River

Nature and Power in the People’s Republic of China

Island Press

This book brings big geopolitical issues to life through the narrative of a particular region and its people.

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Building an Emerald City

A Guide to Creating Green Building Policies and Programs

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Community Planning, Second Edition

An Introduction to the Comprehensive Plan

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Public Produce

The New Urban Agriculture

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Floodplain Management

A New Approach for a New Era

Island Press

Floodplain Management outlines a new paradigm for flood management, one that emphasizes cost-effective, long-term success by integrating physical, chemical, and biological systems with societal capabilities.

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Megaregions

Planning for Global Competitiveness

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Resilient Cities

Responding to Peak Oil and Climate Change

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