Book Outline


What is sustainability?

Why should I try to live sustainably?

Unsustainable Societies

The Collapse of Ancient Civilizations
Ghost Towns

What is the Evidence that our Current Lifestyle is Unsustainable?

How Should I Start Living Sustainably?·

What are the near-term challenges to sustainability?

Population Growth



Energy Resources: Introduction

Energy Supply and Demand

Sustainable Energy Policy

Peak Oil
Global Warming

The Evils of Coal




What are the Solutions?

Stabilize Population (brief)

Switch to Renewable Energy

Why Not Nuclear?

Change the energy infrastructure

Hydrogen for energy transportation

Change the Economics

Economics and Capitalism

Personal Financial Considerations

The Role of Corporations

Change the Way You Live: Living for the Future

Reduce Your Consumption
Reduce Your Waste
Change Your Home
Move to High-Density Housing Close to Your Workplace
Design Your Home Wisely
Sustainable Architecture
Make your home efficient
Energy Conservation
Water Conservation
Change Your Transportation
Change What You Drive
Change How You Drive
Use Mass Transit
Change What You Eat and Drink
Change How You Use Your Land
Sustainable Landscaping
Organic Gardening
Be Good to the Environment
Steps I have taken to reduce my impact on the environment

The Role of Education

Where is the U.S. Headed?

What if the Worst Happens?


What is Most Likely to Happen


About johncayers

John C. Ayers is a Professor of Earth and Environmental Sciences at Vanderbilt University. As a geochemist he specializes in sustainability and also the chemistry of natural waters. He has been PI on 5 and co-Pi on 2 grants from the National Science Foundation, and has a publication h-index of 14. He has been Associate editor of American Mineralogist and Geochemical Transactions of the American Chemical Society, and does GIS consulting for the ERS group. He is currently writing a book titled " Sustainability: The Problems of Peak Oil, Global Climate Change, and Environmental Degradation."
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