Books published by Island Press

Life Between Buildings

Island Press | January 17, 2011 | 207 pages
DIVDIV DIV“. . .thoughtful, beautiful, and enlightening...” DIV—Jane Jacobs DIV DIV“This book will have a lasting infl uence on the future quality of public open spaces. By helping us better understand the larger public life of cities, Life between Buildings can only move us toward more... More Info

Connecting to Change the World

Island Press | September 29, 2014 | 256 pages
Nonprofit and philanthropic organizations today need to do more and to do better with less. Increasingly, they are adopting a network-centric approach to their work, building networks of like-minded organizations and people that give them better results than any single organization can accomplish.... More Info

State of the World 2014

Island Press | April 29, 2014 | 320 pages
Citizens expect their governments to lead on sustainability. But from largely disappointing international conferences like Rio II to the U.S.’s failure to pass meaningful climate legislation, governments’ progress has been lackluster. That’s not to say leadership is absent; it just often... More Info

Design With Microclimate

Island Press | September 2, 2010 | 192 pages
Robert Brown helps us see that a "thermally comfortable microclimate" is the very foundation of well-designed and well-used outdoor places. Brown argues that as we try to minimize human-induced changes to the climate and reduce our dependence on fossil fuels-as some areas become warmer, some... More Info

River Notes

Island Press | October 17, 2012 | 176 pages
Plugged by no fewer than twenty-five dams, the Colorado is the world’s most regulated river drainage, providing most of the water supply of Las Vegas, Tucson, and San Diego, and much of the power and water of Los Angeles and Phoenix, cities that are home to more than 25 million people. If it... More Info

The Global Farms Race

Island Press | October 4, 2012 | 184 pages
As we struggle to feed a global population speeding toward 9 billion, we have entered a new phase of the food crisis. Wealthy countries that import much of their food, along with private investors, are racing to buy or lease huge swaths of farmland abroad. The Global Farms Race is the first book to... More Info