The Community Resilience Reader is a faculty-selected University of Alaska and Alaska Pacific University 2018-19 Book of the Year

“Inspirational, aspirational, and grounded enough to be practical, The Community Resilience Reader: Essential Resources for an Era of Upheaval, edited by Daniel Lerch, is a useful text for planners who wish to strive for sustainability…For those planners who entered the profession to change the world, this book might reignite that passion. For students who are just discovering planning, this book might give hope that making the world a better place is still within our grasp.”

Book review by William Butler, Florida State University, in Journal of the American Planning Association

“The Post Carbon Institute does not disappoint with The Community Resilience Reader. The book offers a wealth of ideas and examples for building community resilience in all aspects of society. Post Carbon Institute offers views that may be considered radical to many—but that’s their approach, and I love it. I wholeheartedly believe my undergraduate students will greatly benefit from The Community Resilience Reader as I have.”

— Ann Scheerer, Academic Adviser, Sustainability Double Degree Program, Oregon State University

“Daniel Lerch and others have created a comprehensive, informative, and practical guidebook for advancing our transition into the Anthropocene. The authors address at once the foundational concepts of sustainability and resilience, while providing a call to action for communities worldwide to work together and prepare for the epoch transition upon us.”

— Vivek Shandas, Professor, Urban Studies and Planning, Portland State University

“Daniel Lerch and the team at the Post Carbon Institute have done it again. This collection of authors digs deeply into the topics of global carrying capacity, economics, community, ecology, energy, and other resilience-related themes. Building on the success of the 2010 Post Carbon Reader and other publications produced by the Post Carbon Institute, this new book is a resource I will use in some of my advanced undergraduate courses. I will also recommend it to local decision makers who are trying to find ways to guide their own communities forward in a positive direction. Each chapter is nutrient dense and leads the reader to think deeply about our current operating procedures on planet earth and the need for profound change.”

— Steve Whitman, adjunct faculty in community planning and sustainability at Plymouth State University and Colby Sawyer College

The Community Resilience Reader has not come a minute too soon. This is essential reading for college classes, local planning boards, conservation commissions, community activists, resilience study groups and anyone shaken by the environmental, energy, economic and equity crises now confronting humankind. Readers looking for ways to navigate the troubled waters ahead will find innovative, thoughtful, and wise guidance throughout these pages. This book reflects the paradigm shift so desperately needed from a system of unsustainable growth to one of resilience and reintegration with the natural world. Everything that needs to be done is doable—but only if humankind digs in to do the hard work ahead. The Community Resilience Reader serves as a much needed guidepost.”

— Nancy Lee Wood, Director of the Institute for Sustainability and Post-Carbon Education at Bristol Community College (Mass.)

“By turns cerebral and grounded, The Community Resilience Reader is a valuable resource for thinking in a new way about almost every aspect of our communities.”

— review in Civil Engineering magazine, November 2017

“I used some of the readings from your Community Resilience Reader in a Global Citizenship class that I taught last semester and receive the Daily Dose newsletter from The student reception to these materials was excellent, which led me to the decision to adopt the videos from your Think Resilience course as discussion generators in the Sustainability course that I am teaching this semester.”

— David Schmaus, Northern Alberta Institute of Technology