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The University of Massachusetts Amherst


A guide to UMass Library resources, web sites, and information about ecovillages around the world, with space dedicated to Living Routes, a study abroad program.

Finding Books at the UMass Libraries

Use the Library Catalog to locate books at the UMass (and Four College) Libraries

Below are examples of relevant Subject Headings that may be used in searching the library catalogs (and many databases as well). Select SUBJECT BEGINS WITH:

Architecture and Society
Alternative Lifestyles
Buildings – Environmental aspects
Collective Settlements 
Common Good

Dwellings – Energy conservation

Ecological Houses

Environmental Responsibility
Gaia Hypothesis
Garden Cities
Green Products
Green Roofs (Gardening)
House Construction – Environmental aspects
Human Geography
Natural landscaping
Personal Space
Public Spaces

Renewable Energy Sources

Sustainable Architecture

Sustainable Buildings
Sustainable Development
Urban Homesteading



Selected titles

Book Review

Creating a Life Together: Practical Tools to Grow Ecovillages and Intentional Communities

“Every potential ecovillager should read it. This book will be an essential guide and manual for the many Permaculture graduates who live in communities or design for them.” — Bill Mollison, co-founder of the Permaculture movement, and author, Permaculture: A Designer's Manual

From Diana Leafe Christian's web site