The best books on sustainable energy 📚

Browse the best books on sustainable energy as recommended by authors, experts, and creators. Along with notes on why they recommend those books.

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Book cover of Energy Overlays: Land Art Generator Initiative

Energy Overlays: Land Art Generator Initiative

By Elizabeth Monoian, Robert Ferry

Why this book?

Humans are creatures driven by what we see happening around us and the stories we tell about those events. And, for more and more of us, cities are where daily life happens. So, the future of cities as places and spaces of human engagement and interaction really matters. Energy Overlays and the Land Art Generator’s other amazing books create a window into how renewable energy might transform the future of urban spaces, places, people, and stories. Prompted by a simple question, “What if energy was also public art?” the Land Art Generator hosts bi-annual global design competitions in collaboration with…

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The best books on the people and places leading the clean energy revolution

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Book cover of Meltdown: A Race Against Nuclear Disaster at Three Mile Island: A Reporter's Story

Meltdown: A Race Against Nuclear Disaster at Three Mile Island: A Reporter's Story

By Wilborn Hampton

Why this book?

While this is not a comprehensive history of the TMI accident and its aftermath—none exists––you can happily read this book and understand the seriousness of what happened. It is not encumbered with anti-nuclear ideology, like some of the books written immediately after the accident were. It has many photos, a glossary of nuclear terms, and an index. 

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The best books about environmental catastrophes

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Book cover of Sustainable Energy - Without the Hot Air

Sustainable Energy - Without the Hot Air

By David JC MacKay

Why this book?

David MacKay does something unusual for a university professor. He brings all the talk about energy and climate change to life. A fantastic analysis of energy in all its forms, bringing it down to earth. His book answers the real questions that we need to ask, such as how much land would be needed to power the United Kingdom from renewable energy? His answers are detailed in graphs and pictures making them accessible and easy to understand. This brings a sense of realism and raises the conversation to the next level.

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The best books on climate change and our natural world

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Book cover of Revolutionary Power: An Activist's Guide to the Energy Transition

Revolutionary Power: An Activist's Guide to the Energy Transition

By Shalanda Baker

Why this book?

There’s no better place to start exploring the revolutionary potential of renewable energy than Revolutionary Power. The new justice tsar at the US Department of Energy, Baker takes you inside the struggle of African American communities with the environmental injustices of fossil fuels. No industry has created more inequality, violence, injustice, pollution, and corruption, worldwide, over its history than energy. The great hope of renewable energy is to solve climate change while also restoring justice: creating new energy technologies and also new practices of energy development, new forms of ownership, and new ways to integrate technology generatively into communities…

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The best books on the people and places leading the clean energy revolution

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Book cover of Solar Power: Innovation, Sustainability, and Environmental Justice

Solar Power: Innovation, Sustainability, and Environmental Justice

By Dustin Mulvaney

Why this book?

Power. We all need it. In the future, a lot of it will be solar. By 2050, half or more of global energy will come via photovoltaic technologies. That’s 100+ billion solar panels, with an annual churn of 2-4 billion. Which makes the solar industry one of the most important on the planet. Solar Power takes a hard look inside the solar industry: its materials, processes, facilities, workforces, waste streams, and landscapes. Mulvaney pulls no punches, but his fundamental message is simple: there are a lot of different ways to make and deploy 100 billion solar panels. The choices we…

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The best books on the people and places leading the clean energy revolution

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