Roy Morrison. Sustainability Sutra: An Ecological Investigation. Select Books, 2017.
Sustainability Sutra addresses the pursuit of sustainability as crucial in the transformation from an industrial to an ecological civilization, exploring in succinct detail how sustainability can be accomplished through an ecological global growth strategy that makes economic growth mean ecological improvement. It is a meditative journey of self-discovery. It is a path and record of a writer’s and reader’s heart way. The book includes an Introduction that considers the dynamics of building an ecological future in market economies and examines how the price system can send clear signals for sustainability. Combining ecological consumption taxation, new market rules, fiscal, monetary and investment can catalyze the trillions of dollars of productive investment in a sustainable future.

Julian Agyeman. Sustainable Communities and the Challenge of Environmental Justice. NYU Press, 2005.
In this book, Julian Agyeman argues that environmental justice and the sustainable communities’ movement are compatible in practical ways. Yet sustainability, which focuses on meeting our needs today while not compromising the ability of our successors to meet their needs, has not always partnered with the challenges of environmental justice. Sustainable Communities and the Challenge of Environmental Justice explores the ideological differences between these two groups and shows how they can work together. Agyeman provides concrete examples of potential model organizations that employ the types of strategies he advocates. This book is vital to the efforts of community organizers, policymakers, and everyone interested in a better environment and community health.

Alison Hope Alkon, Julian Agyeman. Cultivating Food Justice: Race, Class and Sustainability. MIT Press, 2011.
Cultivating Food Justice: Race, Class and Sustainability examines and documents how racial and social inequalities are built into our food system, and how communities are creating environmentally sustainable and socially just alternatives. Many low-income neighborhoods and communities of color have been systematically deprived of access to healthy and sustainable food, and many have been actively prevented from producing their own food and often live in “food deserts” where fast food is more common than fresh food. Bringing together insights from studies of environmental justice, sustainable agriculture, critical race theory, and food studies, Cultivating Food Justice highlights the ways race and class inequalities permeate the food system, from production to distribution to consumption. The book also analyzes agricultural and land use policies that systematically disadvantage Native American, African American, Latino/a, and Asian American farmers and farmworkers.

Jagbir Singh, A. L. Ramanathan. Solid Waste Management: Present and Future Challenges. I. K. International Pvt Ltd, 2010
Solid Waste Management may be one of the most helpful resources to understanding how the sustainability of the planet and future generations is hindered by an inability to manage inorganic waste. Calling it ignorance and a lack for foresight, authors Singh and Ramanathan show how the overproduction of inorganic waste has contaminated the air, waterways, and land masses the world over. This book deals intensively with every aspect of Organic and Inorganic Waste Management and explains how each type of waste must be correctly dealt with if mankind is to decrease the outbreak of disease, thereby ensuring that all inhabitants of the planet earth have a healthy future. The book also emphasizes the responsibility and steps individuals must take in every country of the world if we are to return the mother earth to her former glory in the 21st century.

Camille Gaskin-Reyes. Water Planet: The Culture, Politics, Economics and Sustainability of Water on Earth. ABC-CLIO Books, 2016.
Water Planet: The Culture, Politics, Economics, and Sustainability of Water on Earth offers an unprecedented examination of the critical subject of water sustainability. Its essays, viewpoints, case studies, and documents show how this vital resource that many in first-world countries take for granted is intricately woven into not only basic human survival but also cultural, political, and economic stability. Readers will learn about topics such as flooding and drought; the growing problem of water pollution; the connections between water and gender, including gender equity and gender aspects of water ownership; the effects of global temperature changes on the water supply; concerns regarding fishing and overfishing; water security; and sustainable water management.

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