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Summer Sustainability Book Read

About the Summer Sustainability Book Read

In 2017, the Office of Campus Sustainability launched an annual summer sustainability book read to facilitate campus-wide sustainability learning, growth, and development.  Gatherings are typically held throughout the summer during lunchtime.  In 2020, the program expanded from one book per summer to four books in one summer.  Sustainability Faculty Fellows of the Sustainability Faculty Learning Community volunteered to facilitate discussions on several sustainability titles as a campus community.

The Summer Sustainability Book Read is open to students, employees, alumni, and regional community members.

2021 Summer Sustainability Book Reads

During the summer of 2021, we will be reading and discussing the following books virtually via Webex:

All We Can Save: Truth, Courage, and Solutions for the Climate Crisis edited by Ayana Elizabeth Johnson and Katharine K. Wilkinson

About All We Can Save: This book and organization nurtures a welcoming, connected, and leaderful climate community rooted in the work and wisdom of women to grow a life-giving future.  The book encompasses sixty short essays by women climate leaders from across the United States as well as art and poetry.  It features an essay by SUNY New Paltz alum/climate journalist Emily Atkin of Heated, a daily newsletter dedicated to original accountability reporting and analysis on the climate crisis.  

Clothing Poverty: The Hidden World of Fast Fashion and Second-Hand Clothes by Andrew Brooks

Selected chapters from Sustainable Communities and the Challenge of Environmental Justice by Julian Agyeman 

About this book: Julian Agyeman argues that the environmental justice and sustainable communities movements are compatible in practical ways. Yet sustainability advocates have not always partnered with the challenges of environmental justice.  Sustainable Communities and the Challenge of Environmental Justice explores the ideological differences between these two movements 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.

Past Sustainability Books


  • Farming While Black by Leah Penniman
  • On Fire: The Burning Case for the Green New Deal by Naomi Klein
  • The Hidden Life of Trees by Peter Wohlleben
  • The World Ending Fire: The Essential Wendell Berry

2019 - Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Wall Kimmerer

2018 - Drawdown: The Most Comprehensive Plan Ever Proposed to Reduce Global Warming by Project Drawdown

2017 - Zero Waste Home by Bea Johnson