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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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Naturalist

A Graphic Adaptation

By Edward O. Wilson; Illustrated by Chris Butzer; Adapted by Jim Ottaviani
Island Press

E.O. Wilson’s bestselling memoir comes to life in a beautifully illustrated graphic adaptation.

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Designing Streets for Kids

By National Association of City Transportation Officials
Island Press

Building on the success of their Global Street Design Guide, the National Association of City Transportation Officials (NACTO)-Global Designing Cities Initiative (GDCI) Streets for Kids program has developed child-focused design guidance to inspire leaders, inform practitioners, and empower communities around the world to consider their city from the eyes of a child.

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Rainforest

Dispatches from Earth's Most Vital Frontlines

Island Press

A comprehensive view of the crucial roles rainforests serve, the state of the world’s rainforests today, and the inspirational efforts underway to save them.

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Better Buses, Better Cities

How to Plan, Run, and Win the Fight for Effective Transit

Island Press

A transit expert calls citizens and city decision makers to action, inspiring them to fight for a better bus system.

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Food Town, USA

Seven Unlikely Cities that are Changing the Way We Eat

Island Press

Through interviews and storytelling, Food Town, USA showcases innovative approaches to sustainable food that can be applied in any city.

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Green Growth That Works

Natural Capital Policy and Finance Mechanisms Around the World

Island Press

Rapid economic development has been a boon to human well-being, but comes at a significant cost to the fertile soils, forests, coastal marshes, and farmland that support all life on earth. If ecosystems collapse, so eventually will human civilization. One solution is inclusive green growth—the efficient use of natural resources. Its genius lies in working with nature rather than against it.

Green Growth That Works is the first practical guide to bring together pragmatic finance and policy tools that can make investment in natural capital both attractive and commonplace. Pioneered by leading scholars from the Natural Capital Project, this valuable compendium of proven techniques can guide agencies and organizations eager to make green growth work anywhere in the world.
 

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Climate Action Planning

A Guide to Creating Low Carbon, Resilient Communities

Island Press

The most comprehensive book available about planning for climate change on the local level.

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True Roots

What Quitting Hair Dye Taught Me about Health and Beauty

Island Press

A journalist concerned with the risks of hair dye learns to embrace gray hair and better health.

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Soft City

Building Density for Everyday

Island Press

A visual and clear guide to building better density to create happier, more livable cities.

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Protecting Pollinators

How to Save the Creatures that Feed Our World

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Corridor Ecology, Second Edition

Linking Landscapes for Biodiversity Conservation and Climate Adaptation

Island Press

An essential resource for practitioners and academics of corridor ecology, updated with new science.

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Plastic Soup

An Atlas of Ocean Pollution

Island Press

A visually stunning survey of the plastics clogging our seas, and inspirational initiatives designed to tackle the problem.

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Holistic Management Handbook, Third Edition

Regenerating Your Land and Growing Your Profits

Island Press

This handbook is the key to developing a comprehensive holistic land plan based on Savory’s principles that will help you to restore health to your land and ensure a stable, sustainable livelihood from its bounty.

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The Grand Food Bargain

and the Mindless Drive for More

Island Press

A look at the true costs of America's seemingly cheap and convenient food system.

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Naturalist 25th Anniversary Edition

By Island Press
Island Press

The 25th Anniversary Edition of the classic memoir celebrates the human side of science.

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Grain by Grain

A Quest to Revive Ancient Wheat, Rural Jobs, and Healthy Food

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The Food Sharing Revolution

How Start Ups, Pop Ups, and Co Ops are Changing the Way We Eat

Island Press

This is a hopeful look at the ways the sharing economy can transform our food system and challenge corporate agriculture.

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Ecology and Recovery of Eastern Old-Growth Forests

Island Press

North American landscapes have been shaped by humans for millennia through fire, agriculture, and hunting. But the arrival of Europeans several centuries ago ushered in an era of rapid conversion of eastern forests to cities, farms, transportation networks, and second-growth woodlands. Recently, numerous remnants of old growth have been discovered, and scientists are developing strategies for their restoration that will foster biological diversity and reduce impacts of climate change. Forest ecologists William Keeton and Andrew Barton bring together an edited volume that breaks new ground in our understanding of eastern old-growth forest ecosystems and their importance for resilience in an age of rapid environmental change. Leading experts examine topics of contemporary forest ecology across a broad geographic canvas in the eastern United States.
 

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The Intergalactic Design Guide

Harnessing the Creative Potential of Social Design

Island Press

Design has built global brands, disrupted industries, and transformed our lives with technology. It has also contributed to the complex challenges we face today. In The Intergalactic Design Guide, business strategist and designer Cheryl Heller shows how social design offers a new approach to navigate uncertainty, increase creativity, strengthen relationships, and develop our capacity to collaborate.

The most innovative leaders in the world have instinctively practiced social design for decades. Heller has worked with many of these pioneers, observing patterns in their methods and translating them into an approach that can bring new creative energy to any organization. The Intergalactic Design Guide explains 11 common principles, a step-by-step process, and the essential skills for successful social design. Nine in-depth examples—from the CEO of the largest carpet manufacturer in the world to an entrepreneur with a passion for reducing food waste—illustrate the social design process in action.
 
Whether you are launching a start-up or managing a global NGO, The Intergalactic Design Guide provides both inspiration and practical steps for designing a more resilient and fulfilling future.
 

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Vaquita

Science, Politics, and Crime in the Sea of Cortez

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