Berkshire Encyclopedia of Sustainability

“This is undoubtedly the most important and readable reference on sustainability of our time” – Jim MacNeill, Secretary-General of the Brundtland Commission and chief architect and lead author of Our Common Future (1984 – 1987)

“The Berkshire Encyclopedia of Sustainability makes a timely and unique contribution to understanding and professionalizing the concept of sustainability to which Rio +20 is dedicated.” – Maurice Strong, former Secretary General of the 1992 UN Conference on Environment and Development (Rio Earth Summit)
Will Steffen:
“Sustainability is one of the most important concepts of the 21st century yet remains elusive in implementation. This set of authoritative volumes provides an ‘operator’s manual’ for the long-term sustainability of the human enterprise on planet Earth.” – Will Steffen, executive director of the Australian National University Climate Change Institute

“Sustainability will be the defining discipline of the 21st century. Making sense of the sprawling body of sustainability knowledge and insights – to help make it available for a growing audience – is a massive challenge. Berkshire’s Encyclopedia of Sustainability has risen to that challenge with flair, imagination and commanding authority.” – Jonathon Porritt, founder/director,

“The Enlightenment of the 18th century had its famous encyclopedia that catalyzed dramatic improvements in science, society, and governance . . . the dawning Ecological Enlightenment of the 21st century now has its encyclopedia to light the way forward to a durable and decent future for humankind . . . a compass for a long, perilous journey through an unknown territory.” – David W. Orr, Oberlin College, author of Hope is an Imperative and Down to the Wire: Confronting Climate Collapse“The 21st century will be the age of sustainability or bust. As the journey becomes imperative, there is no better vade mecum than the Berkshire Encyclopedia of Sustainability – informative, lively, and comprehensive in its scope.” – Isabel Hilton, editor,

“It’s past time for proponents of sustainability to move beyond empty slogans and baby steps. Everyone who is ready to get serious will profit from this robust, comprehensive, diverse collection of cutting edge thinking from some of the smartest members of our species.” – Denis Hayes, founder of Earth Day, president of the Bullitt Foundation

“Assuming we’re wise enough to heed the warnings of scientists, this will have to be the century of sustainability. And this comprehensive set of volumes will help form the core of a library for informed citizens.” – Bill McKibben, editor of American Earth: Environmental Writing Since Thoreau

“This is an ocean of information. Nowhere else is there so much knowledge and wisdom to be found as within these encyclopedias. This last volume is the icing on the cake. Every university, every school, and every library will be enriched with this treasure of knowledge.” – Satish Kumar, editor, Resurgence Magazine

“The strength of this magnificent series lies not just in its comprehensive coverage but also in the quality of the individuals who have contributed to it. It will be an enormously valuable resource for a large and growing world community of environmental interest and concern. I highly recommend it.” – James Gustave Speth, author of America the Possible: Roadmap to a New Economy, and former Dean, Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies

“Nothing is more important to humanity than sustainability, and the Berkshire Encyclopedia is a wonderful resource for all those who wish to understand its multiple dimensions. Well-written and up-to-date, it is a pleasure to browse in.” – Paul R. Ehrlich, Bing Professor of Population Studies, Center for Conservation Biology, Stanford University, and author of The Dominant Animal

“On our endangered planet, the term ‘sustainability’ is code for survival. The remarkable ten volume Berkshire Encyclopedia of Sustainability has become a go-to source-book for ecological – no, make that human – survival in the new millennium. In the final volume, a compendium of authoritative contributors contemplate our future and the challenges it presents to superpowers like the United States and China as well as to ordinary citizens seeking to enhance sustainability in every domain. If you want one collection on sustainability that does it all, one source that facilitates the creation of a more just and greener world, then start with Volume 10 of the Berkshire Encyclopedia and read your way back to Volume 1.” – Benjamin R. Barber, Whitman Professor of Political Science and director of the Whitman Center at Rutgers University, and the author of Strong Democracy, An Aristocracy of Everyone, and Jihad Versus McWorld



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