In an earlier post, we at 3P asked you to nominate a book you feel is a “must read” for those interested in sustainability. There’s so much to know: sustainable food, renewable energy, social entrepreneurship, alternative transportation, green chemistry, biofuels, low carbon lifestyles, socially responsible investing…… how can we possibly keep up with all the amazing books that come out on these subjects and so many more?
Fear not. 3P will make it easy for you. Our selection process weeded out a lot of books. We deliberately eliminated any books written by 3P writers (sorry to Bill Roth, Heather Gadonniex, and heck, myself) so that we could eliminate potential biases. We eliminated any self-published books that were nominated. We eliminated any books that may be good business books but lack any sustainability material (sorry Good to Great and The Tipping Point and many others…), as well as many a good sustainability book that lacked practical business applications (sorry The Lorax, Silent Spring, and Ishmael), as well as many books that I could not find links to on BetterWorldBooks.com, the green version of Amazon, which likely means they are self-published, or simply not books. We did retain a few that offered insights into business through a sustainability lens, even if they were not directly about green business.
So we have done our part, but the rest is up to you! Let’s vote! Voting will go from now through February 19 at 5 PM Pacific Time! In no particular order, here are the books that were nominated through comments, twitter, emails, and direct communication!
Thanks folks! Voting is now closed! We’ll be tallying all the results and will let you know your choices for the best green business books in a blog post next week. Thanks again!
Scott Cooney is the co-founder of Green Business Village, a sustainability consulting firm working exclusively with green micro-enterprises and author of Build a Green Small Business: Profitable Ways to Become an Ecopreneur (McGraw-Hill) (deliberately left off the voting list). Follow Scott on Twitter at twitter.com/scottcooney