Request Inspection Copy

If you are an Academic or Teacher and wish to consider this book as a prescribed textbook for your course, you may be eligible for a complimentary inspection copy. Please complete this form, including information about your position, campus and course, before adding to cart.

* Required Fields

To complete your Inspection Copy Request you will need to click the Checkout button in the right margin and complete the checkout formalities. You can include Inspection Copies and purchased items in the same shopping cart, see our Inspection Copy terms for further information.

Any Questions? Please email our text Support Team on


Email this to a friend

* ALL required Fields

Order Inspection Copy

An inspection copy has been added to your shopping cart

Better Planet: Forty Big Ideas for a Sustainable Future

by Daniel C Esty Yale University Press
Pub Date:
Hbk 416 pages
AU$52.99 NZ$55.64
Product Status: Out of stock. Not available to order.
A practical, bipartisan call to action from the world’s leading thinkers on the environment and sustainability     


Sustainability has emerged as a global priority over the past several years. The 2015 Paris Agreement on climate change and the adoption of the seventeen Sustainable Development Goals through the United Nations have highlighted the need to address critical challenges such as the buildup of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere, water shortages, and air pollution. But in the United States, partisan divides, regional disputes, and deep disagreements over core principles have made it nearly impossible to chart a course toward a sustainable future.     


This timely new book, edited by celebrated scholar Daniel C. Esty, offers fresh thinking and forward-looking solutions from environmental thought leaders across the political spectrum. The book’s forty essays cover such subjects as ecology, environmental justice, Big Data, public health, and climate change, all with an emphasis on sustainability. The book focuses on moving toward sustainability through actionable, bipartisan approaches based on rigorous analytical research.
"No one can criticize Dan Esty and his talented colleagues for not thinking big: there are ideas in this book that will appeal to anyone—and maybe a couple that will raise your hackles. It's the kind of spirited, discipline-crossing, deep-dive that will help reorient a sometimes stale environmental debate!"—Bill McKibben, author of Falter: Has the Human Game Begun to Play Itself Out?

“Comprehensive, balanced, thought-provoking, thorough and, above all, readable!  Dan Esty has brought together some of the most respected thought leaders in their fields for a book that will become a must-have for anyone who wants to understand what has happened, and is happening, to our environment, why we should care, and what we can do about it.”—Christine Todd Whitman, Governor of New Jersey, 1994-2001, and Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, 2001-2003

A Better Planet offers lucid, honest, wide-ranging, and diverse perspectives that strive to move us beyond political divides toward renewed actions to secure private-sector innovation, public engagement, and better policies for a better planet. Bravo!”—Lynn Scarlett, Global Vice President of Policy, The Nature Conservancy

“A masterful summation of and reflection on past environmental efforts—and a valuable outline of principles to guide and inspire a new era of progress.”—William K. Reilly, Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, 1989-1993

“Pressing the reset button, this book brings together refreshingly new and profoundly compelling approaches to environmental policy and action in the USA and beyond.”—Christiana Figueres, Executive Secretary UN Climate Change Convention 2010-2016

Daniel C. Esty is Hillhouse Professor of Environmental Law and Policy at Yale’s School of Forestry and Environmental Studies and Yale Law School. He served as head of the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection from 2011 to 2014 and in several leadership roles at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency from 1989 to 1993.