Sustainaville Reading List

April 27-May 4 is Sustainaville Week, the city's annual celebration of the environment and the fight against climate change. You can see a list of local activities and events here. Hannah Payne of the City's Office of Sustainability and Environment kindly put together a list of topical books recommended by Somervillians. Below are some selected titles.

The Invention of Nature: Alexander von Humboldt's New World by Andrea Wulf

"Andrea Wulf does an incredible job of narrating the fascinating life of Alexander von Humboldt while demonstrating how his work influenced modern environmentalism and human understanding of nature in the last two centuries. A great read for anyone who is interested in history, science, climate change, or ecosystem ecology.” - Amanda, Union Square

Natural Capitalism by Amory & Hunter Lovins, and Paul Hawken

“Provides an excellent overview of energy efficiency, renewable energy, biomimicry, and products as a service. A blueprint for sustainability.” - Chad, Davis Square


The Massive (graphic novel series) by Brian Wood

“Great artwork and story” – Cole, Winter Hill

Global Weirdness by Climate Central

“Global Weirdness is super accessible. It’s a great introduction to climate science and what we know about climate change.” – Jamie, Davis Square

The Wizard and the Prophet by Charles C. Mann

“It provides two different perspectives on how we interact with a major driver of planetary resource use: agriculture.” - Mary, Winter Hill

More recommendations to come....

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