Sustainable Living

Lorraine Lander, Genesee Valley Center, Canandaigua Unit, SUNY Empire State College writes:

“Our ecological identity can be defined as the role of nature in personality, memory, and how we perceive of our relationship with the natural world. Biophilia is a term that reflects our beliefs about life and the interrelationships of life forms around us, whether human or otherwise.  Living in a sustainable way and being a good caretaker of the world around us can come from our culture, but also from a commitment to making decisions that support the sustainability of current and future generations.”

“How can we understand sustainability and transform that understanding into positive actions for ourselves and others? What resources, approaches, and actions support these changes? How do people become good earth stewards? These questions and others will be considered in the study of this subtopic of sustainability.”

Below is a list of resources on this topic. Find a more complete list of resources with links for learning and teaching about this topic on our Pinterest site: Follow Sustainability’s board Earth Stewardship and Sustainable Living on Pinterest.


Going Green for Dummies: Simple Ways to Save the Planet, Spitfire Ventures Inc.

Biophilia, Edward O. Wilson

The Handbook of Sustainability Literacy: Skills for a Changing World, Arran Stibbe

Taking Sides: Clashing Views in Sustainability, Robert Taylor

Ishmael: An Adventure of the Mind and Spirit, Daniel Quinn

Sacred Ecology, Fikret Berkes

Ecological Intelligence: How Knowing the Hidden Impacts of What We Buy Can Change Everything, Daniel Goleman

Wilderness and the American Mind, Roderick Frazier Nash

Nature and the Human Soul: Cultivating Wholeness and Community in a Fragmented World, Bill Plotkin

Web Resources

A Carbon Management and Analysis Platform created by Clean Air Cool Planet

EcoRewards – Make Recycling More Rewarding. Links to a recycling environmental impact calculator.

Sustainable Living Resource List – a site created by SUNY Empire State College Student Tracy Martorana.

The Sacredness of Earth Day: Stewardship as Spiritual Practice, Gail Straub. A blog post on the Huffington Post.

Household Carbon Footprint Calculator from the EPA website

ESA Online Journals – Planetary Stewardship, with an Introduction from the Editor-in-Chief