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Radical Simplicity: Small Footprints on a Finite Earth by Jim Merkel

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Recovering America : A More Gentle Way to Build by Malcolm Wells

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Reimagining Detroit: Opportunities for Redefining an American City by John Gallagher

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Reinventing Fire: Bold Business Solutions for the New Energy Era by Amory Lovins, Rocky Mountain Institute, Marvin Odum and John W Rowe

Restoring A House in the City: A Guide to Renovating Townhouses, Brownstones and Row Houses With Great Style by Ingrid Abramovitch

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Reusing America's Schools: A Guide for Local Officials, Developers, Neighborhood Residents, Planners and Preservationists by Daniel Carlson (1 copy donation from Armando Delicot)

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Reveal Your Detroit: An Intimate Look at a Great American City by Bradford Frost (2 copies)

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Revolution Detroit: Strategies for Urban Reinvention by John Gallagher (1 signed copy)

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Right Relationship: Building a Whole Earth Economy by Peter G. Brown and Geoffrey Garver

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A Sand County Almanac by Aldo Leopold

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Seasons of Life: Our Dramatic Journey from Birth to Death by John Kotre & Elizabeth Hall

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Second Nature: A Gardener's Education by Michael Pollan

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Secrets to Great Soil by Elizbeth P. Stell (donation from Kirsten Lyons)

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Shop Class as Soulcraft by Matthew B. Crawford

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Silent Spring the classic that launched the environmental movement by Rachel Carson

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  • Small Is Beautiful: Economics As If People Mattered by E. F. Schumacher (2 copies). Argues that bigger is not always better. Contends that the workplace should be dignified and meaningful first, efficient second, and that nature (and the world's natural resources) is priceless.

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Social Entrepreneurship: What Everyone Needs To Know by David Bornstein and Susan Davis


The Solar Economy by Hermann Scheer (donation from Michael Cartwright)


The Solar Entrepreneur's Handbook by Geoff Stapleton, Lalith Gunarantne, Peter JM Konings

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Solar Heated Buildings of North America: 120 Outstanding Examples by William A. Shurcliff


Solar Living Source Book - 12th Edition by John Schaeffer

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Someplace Like America: Tales from the New Great Depression by Dale Maharidge


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The Songs of Trees: Stories From Nature's Great Connectors by David George Haskell

The Soul of All Living Creatures: What Animals Can Teach Us About Being Human by Vint Virga

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The Starfish and the Spider: The Unstoppable Power of Leaderless Organizations by Ori Brafman and Rod A. Beckstrom

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Straw Bale Building: How to plan, design and build with straw by Chris Magwood and Peter Mack

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Sun, Wind and Light: Architectural Design Strategies by Mark DeKay. From Amazon: How to design buildings that heat with the sun, cool with the wind, light with the sky, and move into the future using on-site renewable resources.

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Super Insulated Houses and Air-to-Air Heat Exchangers by William Shurcliff.

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Sustainable Construction: Green Building Design and Delivery by Charles J. Kibert


Techno Rebels: The Renegades of Electronic Funk by Dan Sicko and Forward by Bill Brewster, Second Edition

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Thanks for the View, Mr. Mies: Lafayette Park Detroit edited by Danielle Aubert, Lana Cavar and Natasha Chandani.

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Thermal Shutters and Shades by William Shurcliff.

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The Third Industrial Revolution by Jeremy Rifkin

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Tight Urbanism by Daniel Toole

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The Timeless Way of Building by Christopher Alexander. The first volume of Alexander's seminal trilogy on architecture. The philosophical underpinnings of 'A Pattern Language.'

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The Toaster Project by Thomas Thwaites.


Transportation In A Climate-Constrained World by Andreas Schafer, John Heywood, Henry Jacoby and Ian Waltz


Trashed by Derf Backderf (Donation from Rob St. Mary)

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Trees of Michigan Field Guide by Stan Tekiela

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Trees of Michigan and the Upper Great Lakes by Norman F. Smith

True Colors: Detroit's Fall Tour Guide by Robert K. Jones (donation from Susan McBee)


Trust: The Social Virtues And The Creation Of Prosperity by Francis Fukuyama (donated from Bryan Mets)

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Uncommon Learning Henry David Thoreau on Education

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Urban Farms by Sarah C. Rich; Photography by Matthew Benson. Detroit urban farms featured on pg. 92 (Farnsworth), pg. 102 (Earthworks), and pg. 114 Catherine Ferguson

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The Vertical Farm by Dr. Dickson Despommier.

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Voluntary Simplicity Discussion Course by Duane Elgin

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Waiting for Gautreaux: A Story of Segregation, Housing, and the Black Ghetto by Alexander Polikoff

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Walk Out, Walk On by Margaret Wheatley and Deborah Frieze


A Walk With Tom Jefferson Poems by Philip Levine

The Water-Wise Home: How to Conserve, Capture, and Reuse Water in Your Home and Landscape by Laura Allen, Cofounder, Greywater Action

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The Weather Makers by Tim Flannery

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What's Mine Is Yours: The Rise of Collaborative Consumption by Rachel Botsman and Roo Rogers

Where Did Our Love Go? The Rise and Fall of the Motown Sound by Nelson George

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Where The Wild Things Were: Life, Death, and Ecological Wreckage in a Land of Vanishing Predators by William Stolzenberg


White Gloves: How We Create Ourselves Through Memory by John Kotre and donated by John Kotre (1 hardback; 1 paperback)

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Wild Fermentation: The Flavor, Nutrition, and Craft of Live-Culture Foods by Sandor Ellix Katz

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Wildflowers of Michigan Field Guide by Stan Tekiela

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World Changing by Alex Steffen

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The World Is Flat; A Brief History of the Twenty-first Century by Thomas L. Friedman. The World Is Flat is the timely and essential update on globalization, its successes and discontents.

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The World Without Us by Alan Weisman

Reading Material (Numbered titles and A - Great)

Reading Material 2 (Green - P)

Books - Children