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Finding Purpose: Environmental Stewardship as a Personal Calling
By Andrew J Hoffman
Paperback: £19.98, 162 pages
Publisher: Greenleaf, April 2016
This book invites readers to think of a career in business as a personal calling, and look inside themselves to see what contribution they can make towards achieving the collective changes needed to protect the planet. One chief sustainability officer for a chemicals company says: “This book is not just food for thought. It could be a roadmap for action.”
Sustainable Luxury and Social Entrepreneurship Volume 2
By Miguel Angel Gardetti and María Eugenia Girón
Paperback: £25, 161 pages
Publisher: Greenleaf, April 2016
More inspiring case studies about sustainable-luxury entrepreneurs who show how to reconcile the production of premium goods with care for the environment and the people that manufacture them. The book explains how businesses can develop inclusive supply chains with poor and vulnerable communities.
Building Revolutions: Applying the Circular Economy to the Built Environment
By David Cheshire
Paperback: £35, 144 pages
Publisher: RIBA Publishing, April 2016
David Cheshire has 20 years’ experience as a sustainability champion on construction projects, including writing the Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers’ sustainability guide. In this book he explains how the principles of a circular economy can be applied to the built environment. He outlines how new business models can reduce the capital and lifecycle costs of buildings and provide a positive architectural legacy for future generations.
Unnaturally Delicious: How Science and Technology Are Serving Up Super Foods to Save the World
By Jayson Lusk
Hardcover: £18.99, 288 pages
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan Trade, April 2016
This positive take on the food industry suggests that technology and agriculture can work together to solve the world’s largest food issues. Jayson Lusk shows how college students are using bacteria to signal food quality and fight obesity, geneticists are creating wheat varieties to allow farmers to grow more with fewer inputs, and even how 3D printed food will be produced at the touch of a button.
Corporations and Sustainability: The South Asian Perspective
Edited by PD Jose
Hardcover: £50, 220 pages
Publisher: Greenleaf Publishing, April 2016
South Asia is increasingly viewed as both a driver to global economic growth and a barrier to sustainable development. The frenetic pace of industrialisation over the past 20 years without supporting infrastructure has caused severe environmental degradation, estimated to be worth around 10% of India’s GDP. This compilation of contributions from leading academics and practitioners shows how companies are rising to the key challenges related to sustainability in South Asia.
How Did We Get Into This Mess?
By George Monbiot
Hardcover: £16.99, 352
Publisher: Verso, February 2016
This book is a collection of 51 weekly articles from the Guardian columnist dating from 2008-2015, in which he takes credit for inspiring the Guardian’s Keep it in the Ground campaign and the anti-TTIP movement. Thought-provoking insights on a huge gamut of green issues but, given the format, anyone looking for an overarching thesis about the state of the world, as implied by the title, will be disappointed.new books Environment sustainability economy