Environmental Center Library

The Environmental Center houses a small library of books, magazines and audio-visual materials in our office in University Memorial Center room 355.    Books and DVDs are available for borrowing.  Current magazines are for use in the office, but back issues can be taken on request.

Audio-Visual Materials

The Environmental Center has more than 150 DVDs, CDs, Video tapes and Audio tapes on a wide variety of subjects that include but are not limited to Food and Agriculture, Green Building, Sustainable Development, and Fossil Fuel Extraction.  Keynote speeches, Documentaries, Feature Films, and more include the full library of the Planet Earth TV series and Bioneers national conference plenaries.  

See a listing of all our A/V materials here.   A $25 deposit is required to borrow an A/V item, in the form of a check made payable to the University of Colorado.


Stop by to browse through the latest issues of 25 different magazines:  Audubon, Cultural Survival, E - The Environmental Magazine, Earth Island Journal, Edible Front Range, Environmental Justice, Green American, High Country News, Headwaters, Nature Conservancy, Nature's Voice, National Green Pages, OnEarth, Orion, Population Press, ReDirect Guide, Resource Recycling, Resources, Sierra, Solutions Journal, Sustainability - the Journal of Record, Utne Reader, America's Wilderness, Sustain, and Yes!


Have you ever read the classics Rachel Carson's Silent Spring or Thoreau's Walden?  Modern texts are on our shelves, too, on subjects ranging from Environmental Justice and Sustainable Living to Peak Energy and Climate Change.   Many photo books and local guide books can also be browsed or borrowed.  Here is a full list of our titles:

Title     Author   Year Category/Topic
1976: Agenda for Tomorrow Stewart L. Udall 1968 Population
10 Easy Ways to Buy Recycled Joel Makower 1997 Guide
50 Simple Things YOU Can do to Save the Earth John, Sophie, and Jess Savna 2008 Guide
A Golden Thread: 2500 Years of Solar Architecture and Technology Ken Butti and John Perlin 1980 Energy
American Earth: Environmental Writing Since Thoreau Bill McKibben 2008 Anthology
America's Undeclared War: What's Killing Our Cities and How We Can Stop It Daniel Lazare 2001 Urbanization
Ancient Futures: Learning from Ladakh Helena Norberg-Hodge 1991 Indigenous Wisdom
Animal Liberation: A New Ethics For Our Treatment of Animals Peter Singer 1975 Ethics
Animal Vegetable Miracle: A Year of Food Life Barbara Kingsolver 2007 Food + Agriculture
A Patch of Eden: America's Inner-City Gardens H. Patricia Hynes 1996 Food + Agriculture
A Primer on Sustainable Building Dianna Lopez Barnett and William D. Browning 1995 Guide
A Sand County Almanac Aldo Leopold 1949 Ethics
Asphalt Nation: How the Automobile Took Over America and How We Can Take It Back Jane Holtz Kay 1997 Transportation
Backyard Composting: Your Complete Guide to Recycling Yard Clippings Harmonious Technologies 1992 Guide
Beyond Beef: The Rise and Fall of the Cattle Culture Jeremy Rifkin 1992 Food + Agriculture
Beyond Growth: The Economics of Sustainable Development Herman E. Daly 1996 Economics
Beyond Seasons' End: A Path Forward for Fish and Wildlife in the Era of Climate Change Wildlife Management Institute 2009 Wildlife
Beyond The Limits Donella H. Meadows, Dennis L. Meadows, Jorgen Randers 1992 Economics
Bicycle Diaries David Byrne 2009 Transportation
Biodiversity E.O. Wilson 1988 Biodiversity
Biodiversity II E.O. Wilson, Don E. Wilson, Marjorie L. Reaka-Kudla 1997 Biodiversity
Biomimicry: Inventions Inspired by Nature     Dora Lee 2011 Biomimicry
Bioneers: A Declaration of Interdependence     Kenny Ausubel 1997 Bioneers
Biophilia: The Human Bond with Other Species Edward O. Wilson 1984 Philosophy
Blue Gold: The Fight to Stop the Corporate Theft of the World's Water Maude Barlow and Tony Clarke 2002 Water
Blueprint for a Green Campus: The Campus Earth Summit Initiatives for Higher Education Heinz Family Foundation 1995 Campus Sustainability
Brittle Power: Energy Strategy for National Security Amory B. Lovins and L. Hunter Lovins 1982 Energy
Building a Sustainable Society Lester R. Brown 1981 Population
The Campus and Environmental Responsibility David J. Eagan and David W. Orr 1992 Campus Sustainability
Campus Ecology: A Guide to Assessing Environmental Quality & Creating Strategies for Change April A. Smith 1993 Guide
The Car and the City Alan Thein Durning 1996 Transportation
The Carbon War: Global Warming and the End of the Oil Era Jeremy Leggett 1999 Energy
The Case Against the Global Economy and for a Turn Towards the Local Jerry Mander and Edward Goldsmith 1996 Economics
Challenging Economic Injustice: Students Taking Action Jessica Meistrich, Shamim Islam, and Sean Lees 1994 Economics
The Challenge of Global Warming Dean Edwin Abrahamson 1989 General Sustainability
Changing Places: Rebuilding Community in the Age of Sprawl Richard Moe and Carter Wilkie 1997 Urbanization
Clearcut: The Tragedy of Industrial Forestry Foundation for Deep Ecology 1995 Forests
Close to Home: Women Reconnect Ecology, Health and Development Worldwide Vandana Shiva 1994 Ecofeminism
The Closing Circle: Nature, Man, and Technology Barry Commoner 1971 Technology
Colorado: Our Wilderness Future John Fielder ? Colorado
The Consumer's Guide to Effective Environmental Choices: Practical Advice From the Union of Concerned Scientists Michael Brower and Warren Leon 1999 Guide
Cradle to Cradle: Remaking the Way We Make Things William McDonough and Michael Braungart 2002 Biomimicry
Crimes Against Nature: How George W. Bush and His Corporate Pals Are Plundering the Country and Hijacking Our Democracy Robert F. Kennedy Jr. 2004 Legal/Political
Crossing the Next Meridian: Land, Water, and the Future of the West Charles F. Wilkinson 1992 Water
Dear Children of the Earth: A Letter From Home Schim Schimmel 1994 Childrens
Deep Design: Pathways to a Liveable Future David Wann 1996 Biomimicry
Deep Ecology: Living As If Nature Mattered Bill Devall and George Sessions 1985 Philosophy
Diet for a New America John Robbins 1987 Food + Agriculture
The Doomsday Syndrome John Maddox 1972 General Sustainability
The Dying of the Trees: The Pandemic in America's Forests Charles E. Little 1995 Forests
Earth Day - The Beginning: A Guide for Survival National Staff of Envrionmental Action 1970 Guide
Earth Education: A New Beginning Steve Van Matre 1990 Environmental Education
Earth In The Balance: Ecology And The Human Spirit Al Gore 1992 General Sustainability
Earth Keepers: Environmental Perspectives on Hunger, Poverty, and Injustice Art & Jocele Meyer 1991 Justice
Earth Tool Kit: A Field Manual for Environmental Action Sam Love 1971 Guide
Earth Wisdom Dolores LaChapelle 1978 Inidigenous Wisdom
Eating Fossil Fuels: Oil, Food, and the Coming Crisis in Agriculture Dale Allen Pfeiffer 2006 Food + Agriculture
Ecodefense: A Field Guide to Monkeywrenching Dave Foreman 1985 Guide
Ecodemia: Campus Environmental Stewardship at the Turn of the 21st Century Julian Keniry 1995 Campus Sustainability
EcoFeminism and the Sacred Carol J. Adams 1993 Ecofeminism
The Eco Guide to Careers that Make a Difference The Environmental Careers Organization 2004 Guide
Ecological Literacy: Educating Our Children for a Sustainable World Michael K. Stone and Zenobia Barlow 2005 Environmental Education
Ecological Literacy: Education and the Transition to a Postmodern World David W. Orr 1992 Environmental Education
The Ecology Action Guide Alan Bock 1971 Guide
The Ecology of Commerce Paul Hawken 1993 Business
Eco-Pioneers: Practical Visionaries Solving Today's Environmental Problems Steve Lerner 1997 Bioneers
Eco-Renovation: The Ecological Home Improvement Guide Edward Harland 1993 Guide
Ecotactics: The Sierra Club Handbook for Environment Activists John G. Mitchell and Constance L. Stallings 1970 Guide
Ecotopia Ernest Callenbach 1975 Fiction
Ecotopia Emerging Ernest Callenbach 1981 Fiction
Eleventh Hour Alexander B. Adams 1970 General Sustainability
Encounters With The Archdruid John McPhee 1971 Fiction
The End of Affluence: A Blueprint for Your Future Paul R. Ehrlich 1974 General Sustainability
The End of Fossil Energy and The Last Chance for Sustainability John G. Howe 2003 Energy
The End of Nature Bill McKibben 1989 General Sustainability
Energy War: Reports from the Front Harvey Wasserman 1979 Energy
Environmental Careers in the 21st Century The Environmental Careers Organization 1999 Guide
Environmental Equity: Reducing Risk for All Communities Environmental Protection Agency 1992 Leagal/Political
Environmental Justice Peter S. Wenz 1988 Justice
Ethical Leadership: In Pursuit of the Common Good Bill Grace 1999 Ethics/Philosophy
For The Common Good: Redirecting the Economy Toward Community, the Environment, and a Sustainable Future Herman E. Daly and John B. Cobb Jr. 1989 Economics
From the Bottom Up: One Man's Crusade to Clean America's Rivers Chad Pregracke 2007 Water
Full House: Reassessing the Earth's Population Carrying Capacity Lester R. Brown and Hal Kane 1994 Population
The Future is Ours: A Handbook For Student Activists In The 21st Century John W. Bartlett 1996 Activism
The Future Of Sustainability Marco Keiner 2006 General Sustainability
Gaia: An Atlas Of Planet Management Norman Myers 1984 Resource Management
The Geography of Nowhere: The Rise and Decline of America's Man-Made Landscape James Howard Kunstler 1993 General Sustainability
Ghost Bears: Exploring the Biodiversity Crisis R. Edward Grumbine 1992 Biodiversity
The Global Citizen Donella H. Meadows 1991 General Sustainability
Global Warming: The Complete Briefing John Houghton 1994 Ice
Good Work E. F. Schumacher 1979 Philosophy
Grassroots Grants: An Activist's Guide to Proposal Writing Andy Robinson 1996 Guide
Green Business: Hope or Hoax? Christopher Plant and Judith Plant 1991 Business
Green Illusions: The Dirty Secrets of Clean Energy and the Future of Environmentalism Ozzie Zehner 2012 Energy
Green Rage: Radical Environmentalism and the Unmaking of Civilization Christopher Manes 1990 Guide
The Green Revolution: American Environmental Movement 1962-1992 Kirkpatrick Sale 1993 History
Holistic Resource Management Allan Savory 1988 Resource Management
Hope's Edge: The Next Diet for a Small Planet Frances Moore Lappe and Anna Lappe 2002 Food + Agriculture
Hope, Human and Wild: True Stories of Living Lightly on the Earth Bill McKibben 1995 General Sustainability
How Green Is My Home?: Household Tips For Saving The Planet Michael Belliveau 1990 Guide
How Much Is Enough?: The Consumer Society and the Future of the Earth Alan Durning 1992 Consumerism
How to Be a Survivor Paul R. Ehrlich 1971 Guide
How to Grow Herbs Philip Edinger 1972 Guide
How to Grow More Vegetables John Jeavons 1974 Guide
How to Make the World a Better Place: 116 Ways You Can Make a Difference Jeffrey Hollander and Linda Catling 1995 Guide
How to Save Your Neighborhood, City, or Town Maritza Pick 1993 Guide
Ice: Portraits of Vanishing Glaciers James Balog Unavailable Ice
Inciting Democracy: A practical Proposal for Creating a Good Society Randy Schutt 2001 Guide
Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder Richard Louv 2005 Environmental Education
Learning to Think Environmentally While There is Still Time Lester W. Milbrath 1996 General Sustainability
The Limits to Growth Donella H. Meadows, Dennis L. Meadows, Jorgen Randers, William W. Behrens III 1972 Economy
Living Downstream Sandra Steingraber 1997 Pollution
Living Within Limits: Ecology, Economics, and Population Taboos Garrett Hardin 1993 Economics
Living with Nature's Extremes: The Life of Gilbert Fowler White Robert E. Hinshaw 2006 Resource Management
The Lorax Dr. Seuss 1971 Childrens
Losing Ground: American Environmentalism at the Close of the Twentieth Century Mark Dowie 1995 General Sustainability
Media and the Environment Craig L. LaMay and Everette E. Dennis 1991 Media
A Modern Herbal How To Grow, Cook, and Use Herbs Violet Stevenson 1974 Guide
Mother Earth's Hassle-Free Indoor Plant Book Lynn Rapp and Joel Rapp 1973 Guide
The Natural House Book David Pearson 1989 Guide
No Deposit-No Return: Man and His Environment: A View Toward Survival Huey D. Johnson 1970 General Sustainability
Nuclear Madness: What You Can Do Helen Caldicott 1994 Energy
One-Billion World: In Search of a Peaceful Sustainable World Yuji Ishiguro 2010 General Sustainability
One Makes The Difference: Inspiring Actions That Change Our World Julia Butterfly Hill 2002 General Sustainability
Operating Manual for Spaceship Earth R. Buckminster Fuller 1969 Philosophy
Our Common Future: The World Commission on Environment and Development The World Commission on Environment Development 1987 1987 General Sustainability
Our Stolen Future Theo Colborn, Dianne Dumanoski, and John Peterson Myers 1996 Pollution
Plan B: Rescuing a Planet Under Stress and a Civilization in Trouble Lester R. Brown 2003 Population
Plan B 4.0: Mobilizing to Save Civilization Lester R. Brown 2009 Energy
The Population Explosion Paul R. Ehrlich and Anne H. Ehrlich 1990 Population
Powder Burn: Arson, Money, and Mystery on Vail Mountain Daniel Glick 2001 Colorado
Prairie, Peak and Plateau: A Guide to the Geology of Colorado John and Halka Chronic 1972 History
Progress: As If Survival Mattered Friends Of The Earth 1981 General Sustainability
Raising Hell: A Citizens Guide to the Fine Art of Investigation Dan Noyes 1983 Guide
Reclaiming Our Cities & Towns: Better Living with Less Traffic David Engwicht 1993 Transportation
Restoring the Earth: Visionary Solutions from the Bioneers Kenny Ausubel 1997 Bioneers
A Reverence for Wood Eric Sloane 1965 Forests
The Roads Aren't Free: Estimating the Full Social Cost of Driving and the Effects of Accurate Pricing Clifford W. Cobb 1998 Transportation
Rubbish! The Archaeology of Garbage: What Our Garbage Tells Us About Ourselves William Rathje & Cullen Murphy 1992 Pollution/Waste
Rules for Radicals Saul D. Alinsky 1971 Activism
Sacred Trusts: Essays on Stewardship and Responsibility Michael Katakis 1993 Anthology
Saving Our Ancient Rainforests Seth Zuckerman 1991 Forests
The Sea Around Us Rachel L Carson 1951 Ecosystems
Seasons of Life and Land Peter Matthiesen, Fran Mauer, William H. Meadows, Debbie S. Miller, George B. Schaller, David Allen Sibley 2003 Wildlife
Seven Tomorrows: Seven Scenarios for the Eighties and Nineties Paul Hawken, James Ogilvy, and Peter Schwartz 1982 General Sustainability
The Shark's Paintbrush: Biomimicry and How Nature is Inspiring Innovation Jay Harman 2014 Biomimicry
Shelter Shelter Publications 1970 Anthology
Shopping for a Better World Benjamin Hollister, Rosalyn Will, Alice Tepper Marlin, Stephen Dyott, Sylvia Kovacs, Laurie Richardson 1994 Guide
Should Trees Have Standing? Toward Legal Rights for Natural Objects Christopher D. Stone 1972 Philosophy
Silent Spring Rachel Carson 1962 Pollution
The Simple Act of Planting a Tree: Healing Your Neighborhood, Your City, and Your World Andy and Katie Lipkis 1990 Forests
Simple in Means, Rich in Ends: Practicing Deep Ecology Bill Devall 1988 Philosophy
Small is Beautiful: Economics As If People Mattered E.F. Schumacher 1973 Economics
Soft Energy Paths: Toward a Durable Peace Amory B. Lovins 1977 Energy
The Solar Economy: Renewable Energy for a Sustainable Global Future Hermann Scheer 1999 Energy
The Solution is You! An Activist's Guide Laurie David 2006 Guide
Standing Our Ground: Communities Organizing to Stop Dioxin Exposure Center For Health, Environment and Justice Unavailable Pollution
The State of the Southern Rockies Ecoregion Southern Rockies Ecosystem Project 2000 Ecosystems
Steady-State Economics Herman E. Daly 1977 Economics
Stop Trashing The Climate: Executive Summary June 2008 Eco-Cycle 2008 Guide
Stormy Weather: 101 Solutions to Global Climate Change Guy Dauncey and Patrick Mazza 2001 Guide
The Student Environmental Action Guide: 25 Simple Things We Can Do The Student Environmental Action Coalition 1991 Guide
Stuff: The Secret Lives of Everyday Things John C. Ryan and Alan Thein Durning 1997 Pollution/Waste
Survival Scrapbook # 1: Shelter Stefan A Szczelkun 1972 Guide
Survival Scrapbook # 2: Food Stefan A Szczelkun 1972 Guide
Sustainability and Cities: Overcoming Automobile Dependence Peter Newman and Jeffrey Kenworthy 1999 Transportation
Sustainable Planet: Solutions for the Twenty-first Century Herman Daly, Vicki Robin, William McDonough, Mary Pipher, Bill McKibben, Nydia M. Valazquez and more 2002 General Sustainability
Taking Sides: Clashing Views in Energy and Society Thomas A. Easton 2009 Energy
Thinking Like a Mountain: Towards a Council of All Beings John Seed, Joanna Macy, Pat Fleming, Arne Naess 1988 Anthology
This Place On Earth: Home and the Practice of Permanence Alan Thein Durning 1996 General Sustainability
Thriving Beyond Sustainability: Pathways to a Resilient Society Andres R. Edwards 2010 General Sustainability
Timber Wars Judi Bari 1994 Forests
The Total Beauty of Sustainable Products Edwin Datschefski 2001 General Sustainability
Toward A Steady-State Economy Herman E. Daly 1973 Economics
Toxic Nation: The Fight to Save Our Communities from Chemical Contamination Fred Setterberg and Lonny Shavelson 1993 Pollution
Toxic Struggles: The Theory and Practice of Environmental Justice Richard Hofrichter 1993 Justice
Transit Villages in the 21st Century Michael Bernick and Robert Cervero 1997 Transportation
Transportation and Energy: Strategies for a Sustainable Transportation System Daniel Sperling and Susan A. Shaheen 1995 Transportation
Transportation & Sustainable Campus Communities: Issues, Examples, Solutions Will Toor and Spenser W. Havlick 2004 Transportation
The Turning Point: Science, Society, and the Rising Culture Fritjof Capra 1982 General Sustainability
Under the Sea Wind Rachel Carson 1941 Ecosystems
Unequal Protection: Environmental Justice and Communities of Color Robert D. Bullard 1994 Justice
The Unsettling of America: Culture and Agriculture Wendell Berry 1977 Food + Agriculture
Vanishing Arctic: Alaska's National Wildlife Refuge T.H. Watkins 1988 Wildlife
Visionary Plant Consciousness: Tha Shamanic Teachings of the Plant World J.P. Harpignies 2007 Bioneers
Waking Up in Time: Finding Inner Peace in Times of Accelerating Change Peter Russell 1992 Philosophy
War on Waste: Can America Win Its Battle With Garbage? Louis Blumberg and Robert Gottlieb 1989 Pollution/Waste
Waste of the West: Public Lands Ranching Lynn Jacobs 1991 Resource Management
Welfare Ranching: The Subsidized Destruction of the American West George Wuerthner and Mollie Matteson 2002 Food+Agriculture
We Speak for Ourselves: Social Justice, Race and Environment The Panos Institute 1990 Justice
What Every Westerner Should Know About Energy Patricia Nelson Limerick, Claudia Puska, Andrew Hildner, Eric Skovsted 2003 Energy
When Smoke Ran Like Water: Tales of Environmental Deception and the Battle Against Pollution Devra Davis 2002 Pollution
Who Will Feed China? Wake-Up Call for a Small Planet Lester R. Brown 1995 Population
The Wilderness Act Handbook Deanne Kloepfer, Jay Watson, and Patricia Byrnes 1994 Guide
Wilderness Essays John Muir 1980 Anthology
Witness: Endangered Species of North America Susan Middleton and David Liittschwager 1994 Wildlife
World Energy Strategies: Facts, Issues, and Options Amory B. Lovins 1975 Energy
The World of Herbs & Spices James K. McNair 1978 Guide
Worldwatch Paper 123 High Priorities: Conserving Mountain Ecosystems and Cultures Derek Denniston 1995 Ecosystems
Worldwatch Paper 127: Eco-Justice: Linking Human Rights and the Environment Aaron Sachs 1995 Justice
Worldwatch Paper 153: Why Poison Ourselves? A Precautionary Approach to Synthetic Chemicals Ann Platt McGinn 2000 Pollution
Worldwatch Paper 98: Alternatives to the Automobile: Transport for Liveable Cities Marcia D. Lowe 1990 Transportation
Worldwatch Paper 90: The Bicycle: Vehicle for a Small Planet Marcia D. Lowe 1989 Transportation
Your Organic Kitchen: The Essential Guide to Selecting and Cooking Organic Foods Jesse Ziff Cool 2000 Guide