The following books are useful to sustainability professionals working to learn and apply sustainability principles and systems thinking in real-life scenarios. All reviews are provided by ISSP Members. Thank You!   For a full list of books reviewed, start here and for a variety of sustainability resources conveyed in other media formats (audio, video, etc), be sure to check out ISSP's Multimedia Sustainability Resources.

We encourage our members to share their opinions and insight on the books and other publications they are reading. Please review the guidelines to write and submit your book review.   





“We have an economy that needs to grow, whether or not it makes us thrive. We need an economy that makes us thrive, whether or not it grows”. —Read more


Call to arms for project managers to evolve and embrace our roles as the key agents of change in a new era where the emphasis on sustainability is at an all-time high. —Read more


The best part about this book is the message. “When it comes to motivation, there’s a gap between what science knows and what business does." —Read more




Does a very nice job of creating and illustrating a framework that is easily understood and adapted for almost any organization. —Read more


Challenges the reader to consider the practical and practitioner-based approach to manage business differently . —Read more


Our current mindset of scarcity, promoted by well-intentioned environmentalist, creates a fear of being without that keeps us in an endless competitive struggle. —Read more




This book pulls together a number of academic studies on what works and doesn’t for getting the public to care about and act on climate change. —Read more


It dives headlong into that territory that is the real work (and reward!) of implementing sustainable policies and practices: metrics, audits, and certification. —Read more


Includes chapters on different ecosystems like the Broken River basin in Australia, the Everglades in the U.S., Kristianstads Vattenrike in Sweden. —Read more




An economics textbook that integrates sustainability issues by exposing some of the weaknesses in classical economic models.  —Read more 


The book is filled with stores that clearly illustrate to sustainability professionals how to deal with changes that confuse the rider or spook the elephant!  —Read more


The author tries to examine claims that climate change is disastrous to biodiversity. It's not written by a naysayer, but a scientist interested in accuracy.  —Read more





The author's theory is that scientists tend to communicate with the head, but most of the public is first motivated by libido, the gut, the heart and then, the head.  —Read more 


This book is not about Google but rather the new rules of engagement between a business and its customers and how they support a move towards sustainability.  —Read more 


The authors have an interesting spin on why it can be hard to change. The concept of competing commitments helps analyze the immune responses to sustainability changes.  —Read more 


Guidelines for Book Reviews

(ISSP does not accept requests to review books and reserves the right to choose the reviews that are published)

  1. The reviewer should be an ISSP member in good standing. Not a member yet? Join Us!
  2. The review should be in English and between 400 and 600 words. It should include the name of the book, author(s), publication date, and a hyperlink to a page that contains detailed information on the book, such as the author’s website.
  3. Include constructive comments about the strength and weaknesses of the book using respectful and professional language.
  4. Emphasize sustainability concepts and principles and how they fit into the book’s narrative.
  5. Identify a maximum of 5 concepts to be used as tags for the page. They should be sorted by importance within the book’s context.
  6. Include the reviewer information:
    • First and last name.
    • City/State/Country of residence.
    • 2-3-line professional bio as it relates to the sustainability field.
    • Optionally, a title or Institution affiliation and the address for the LinkedIn Profile.
  7. Use the APA citation style to reference other works. References should be in-text.
  8. (Optional) if there are other books by the same author(s) that relate to the book reviewed or other sustainability topics, please include their names, five maximum.
  9. Submit the information to info (at) sustainabilityprofessionals (dot) org with the Subject line “Book Review Submission: <Your name>.”