New Book: Acting as if Tomorrow Matters

Acting as if Tomorrow Matters: Accelerating the Transition to Sustainability (Environmental Law Institute 2012).

Drawing on the expertise of more than four dozen sustainability practitioners in a variety of fields, the book teases from the limited progress made in the United States over the past two decades the overall patterns for that progress. It also reviews the most significant obstacles to sustainability, again showing patterns in those obstacles across a wide variety of areas. Finally, and building on this framework, the book explains in detail how to accelerate progress and overcome obstacles.

The book emphasizes climate change as a central sustainability issue.  It also emphasizes the importance of understanding and addressing sustainability from a moral or ethical perspective.   The book argues that an American sustainability movement—akin to the environmental movement—is ultimately needed to accelerate the transition to sustainability.

The book has already received significant endorsements.  For example:

“Using the knowledge and experience of leading sustainability practitioners, this book demystifies the quest for sustainability by providing a checklist of practical and tested ideas that can be used in any place or sector to create an attractive and sustainable future.”     -Timothy E. Wirth, President, United Nations Foundation and Better World Fund & Former U.S. Senator (CO)

The book is available as an e-book, a Kindle book, and in paperback.  For more information about the book, including how to order and other endorsements, see

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