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The Sustainable Self


The Sustainable Self
By Paul Murray

About this book
Achieving a sustainable society is the biggest issue of our time. It is not an issue confined to a particular subject area or to certain jobs. It is a way of thinking and behaving that will need to be embedded in all aspects of all of our lives.

The Sustainable Self is the perfect resource for lecturers, trainers, students and professionals of any discipline who need to teach or learn about sustainability. There is widespread agreement that we need to live more sustainable lives. But when up against entrenched habits and everyday obstacles, it can be difficult to turn good intentions into action.

This book presents a complete "curriculum" for effecting a personal transformation towards sustainability, showing you how to align your personal and professional actions with your values and beliefs.

Full of activities that can be done individually or in groups, it is supported by additional resources online including downloadable worksheets and directories of sustainability organisations. Recommended readings at the end of each chapter enable readers to pursue areas of personal or professional interest.

Review quotes
"This unique book focuses not on passing on knowledge, but on ways to change attitudes and behaviours. The methods, developed from extensive research and practice by the author, will be invaluable for educators and their students."—Dr. Alison Cotgrave, Liverpool John Moores University.

"This timely and clearly written book puts the personal into the professional, and is a guide to the kinds of personal change necessary to the effective realization of sustainability. Based on years of experience running innovative workshops with academics, students and business professionals, Murray's book serves as primer on 'what matters' if any of us are going to make a real difference: sustainable living, personal values and responsibility, and maps out how readers can both empower themselves and others to take positive pathways in an uncertain and confusing world."—Professor Stephen Sterling, Centre for Sustainable Futures, University of Plymouth.

About the author
Paul Murray is Associate Professor in sustainable construction and sustainability at the University of Plymouth, England. He devised the UK's first undergraduate degrees in environmental building in the 1990s and was awarded a coveted National Teaching Fellowship in 2004 by the Higher Education Academy for his outstanding contribution to teaching excellence. He used his award to fund the development of values-centred sustainability training techniques, which form the basis of this book.

This book costs £16.99. Contact us for purchase information.


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