Cambridge Sustainability Leadership Alumni Vote: top 50 sustainability books written

The University of Cambridge Sustainability Leadership alumni network of over 2000 leaders from across the globe have compiled a collection of the top 50 books that address the biggest economic, social and environmental issues of our time. The collection, itself available in book form, includes commentary on those titles and reflections of the alumni on the current state of the world, as well as annotated excerpts. There are a few controversial titles in there that I remain unconvinced about (ie. the skeptical environmentalist, the end of poverty), proving unequivocally that just because they may be elbow patched, plaid wearing Cambridge alumni doesn’t mean they can’t be risque in the field.  Follow this link for more information.

  1. A Sand County Almanac Aldo Leopold (1949)
  2. Silent Spring Rachel Carson (1962)
  3. Unsafe At Any Speed Ralph Nader (1965)
  4. The Population Bomb Paul L. Ehrlich (1968)
  5. Operating Manual for Spaceship Earth R. Buckminster Fuller (1969)
  6. The Limits to Growth Donella H. Meadows, Dennis L. Meadows, Jørgen Randers and William W. Behrens III (1972)
  7. Small Is Beautiful E.F. Schumacher (1973)
  8. Gaia James Lovelock (1979)
  9. The Turning Point Fritjof Capra (1982)
  10.  Our Common Future (‘The Brundtland Report’) World Commission onEnvironment and Development (1987)
  11. The Dream of the Earth Thomas Berry (1988)
  12. A Fate Worse Than Debt Susan George (1988)
  13. Staying Alive Vandana Shiva (1989)
  14. Blueprint for a Green Economy David Pearce, Anil Markandya and Edward B. Barbier (1989)
  15. For the Common Good Herman Daly and John B. Cobb Jr (1989
  16.  Human Scale Development Manfred Max-Neef (1989)
  17. Changing Course Stephan Schmidheiny and Business Council for Sustainable Development (BCSD) (1992)
  18. The Ecology of Commerce Paul Hawken (1993)
  19. Maverick Ricardo Semler (1993)
  20. When Corporations Rule the World David C. Korten (1995)
  21. Biomimicry Janine M. Benyus (1997)
  22. Cannibals with Forks John Elkington (1997)
  23. The Hungry Spirit Charles Handy (1997)
  24. Banker to the Poor Muhammad Yunus (1998)
  25. The Crisis of Global Capitalism George Soros (1998
  26.  Factor Four Ernst von Weizsäcker, Amory B. Lovins and L. Hunter Lovins (1998)
  27. False Dawn John Gray (1998)
  28. Development as Freedom Amartya Sen (1999)
  29. No Logo Naomi Klein (1999)
  30. Natural Capitalism Paul Hawken, Amory B. Lovins and L. Hunter Lovins (1999)\
  31. Business as Unusual Anita Roddick (2000)
  32. The Mystery of Capital Hernando de Soto (2000)
  33. The Civil Corporation Simon Zadek (2001)
  34. Fast Food Nation Eric Schlosser (2001)
  35. The Skeptical Environmentalist Bjørn Lomborg (2001)
  36. Cradle to Cradle William McDonough and Michael Braungart (2002)
  37.  Globalization and its Discontents Joseph E. Stiglitz (2002)
  38. The Corporation Joel Bakan (2004)
  39. Presence Peter Senge, C. Otto Scharmer, Joseph Jaworski and Betty Sue Flowers (2004
  40. The Fortune at the Bottom of the Pyramid C.K. Prahalad (2004)
  41. The River Runs Black Elizabeth C. Economy (2004)
  42. Capitalism as if the World Matters Jonathon Porritt (2005)
  43. Capitalism at the Crossroads Stuart L. Hart (2005)
  44. Collapse Jared Diamond (2005)
  45. T he End of Poverty Jeffrey D. Sachs (2005
  46. The Chaos Point Ervin Laszlo (2006)
  47. Heat George Monbiot (2006)
  48. An Inconvenient Truth Al Gore (2006)
  49. When the Rivers Run Dry Fred Pearce (2006)
  50. The Economics of Climate Change Nicholas Stern (2007)
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