McDonough, William, and Braungart, Michael
Cradle to Cradle: Remaking the Way We Make Things
North Point Press, 2002

The authors present an alternative to the cradle-to-grave paradigm. They remind us that even though the reduce, reuse, and recycle strategy creates less waste, it doesn't eliminate it. Learn more from their website, Cradle to Cradle.


Mollison, Bill
Permaculture: A Designers' Manual
Tagari Publications, 1988

This is the bible for living a life that makes ecological sense, one that is consequently conducive to peace through cooperation. Mollison not only focuses on the specifics of natural systems, in all types of climates, and how we can successfully interact with these bodies of trees, water, soils and more, but he also discusses patterns in nature and how they can inform us in our own design of human communities.


Van Der Ryn, Sim, and Cowan, Stuart
Ecological Design
Island Press, 2007

The authors contend that ecological design is any form of design that minimizes environmentally destructive impacts by integrating itself with living processes.