Since 1984, Island Press has been publishing the best new ideas on sustainability and the environment and working to spread those ideas to help people make a positive difference in the world. We publish an average of 30 new books annually on critically important topics such as ocean and marine conservation, land conservation, green buildings, ecosystems, sustainable agriculture, climate change, and ecological restoration. Island Press authors and experts inform and inspire change by reaching out to millions of people through the press, online, in the classroom, and in person. Today, with more than 1,000 titles in print, an active slate of author programs and events, and a growing online presence, we have emerged as one of the nation's leading providers of information on environmental issues and a leading communicator of environmental ideas.
Research and Publication$1.8m
Island Press publishes the best new ideas on science and the environment and works to spread those ideas to help people make a positive difference in the world. Our publications empower decision makers with the knowledge they need to make critical choices about the future of our planet. In 2017, island press published 21 new titles and sold 122,389 units. Among these were:"design for good: a new era of architecture for everyone" by john cary - for too long, design has been seen as a luxury. Cary argues that everyone deserves homes, schools, workplaces designed for the humans that use them-and designed with dignity. This book reveals a new understanding of how design can shape lives through a collaborative, dignified, and empathic design process. It has been called "one of the most consequential books yet for people who are concerned with the future of the built environment in the 21st century.""whitewash: the story of a weed killer, cancer, and the corruption of science" by carey gillam - for decades, you've heard the agro-chemical giant monsanto tout its herbicide roundup as being perfectly safe. But a growing body of evidence indicates just the opposite, with research tying its main chemical, glyphosate, to cancers and a host of other health threats. The battle to use that research to shape regulations, and the corporate effort to distort the science, is at the heart of this book. Booklist declared: "this is a must-read for everyone concerned about the increasing burden of toxic chemicals in water and food, the health and environmental consequences thereof, and corporate influence on government agencies." "nature's allies: eight conservationists who changed our world" by larry nielsen - in eight engaging and diverse biographies, we meet individuals who all made a lasting mark on our world. They spoke out to protect wilderness and wildlife. They fought for social justice and exposed polluters. They marched, wrote books, testified before congress, and, in one case, were martyred for their defense of nature. Nature's allies pays tribute to them all as it rallies a new generation of conservationists to follow in their footsteps. "firestorm: how wildfire will shape our future" by edward struzik - a powerful and all-too-timely book that makes the case for a radically different approach to managing wildfire in the twenty-first century. Struzik examines the far-reaching impacts wildfires will have for us in the future. Struzik takes us into in the field with scientists who are conducting cutting-edge research to show how and why wildfire affects everything from air, soil, and water quality to insects and grizzly bears in the northern forests.
Marketing, Communication, and Distribution$945k
Island press disseminates and communicates information on environmental issues and solutions through book publishing as well as digital media, short-form writing, and in-person educational events. Our work engages governmental, professional, and nonprofit staff and their organizations; businesses; students and professors; and general readers interested in environmental issues. To promote each book and author, we work to secure traditional media, such as book reviews and author interviews. In 2017, nine island press titles were recognized in 21 "best of" lists. Island press authors participated in more than 100 in-person events around the world. Our work to disseminate content in short form (articles, blog posts, op-eds) also grew in quantity and reach. We published 52 original pieces in 2017, a 13 percent increase over 2016, to bring our authors' voices further into public discourse. This content had a potential readership of 240 million people.
Program Services/Technical Assistance$933k
Island Press manages a number of programs to support our mission, including a successful series of webinars and continuing-education courses. These services allow us to educate practitioners on the latest environmental thinking and solutions. Island press hosted 13 webinars in 2017. Our interactive webinars are highly reviewed by participants, who are asked to complete a short survey following each event. A record-high 1,200 people registered for our webinar "climate justice changes health: local, tribal, global, and generational." it featured a number of panelists discussing real-world strategies that address both climate change and health inequities in the U.S. and around the world. In 2017, Island Press published three new courses for green-building professionals, which are hosted on the U.S. Green Building Council's platform, for a total of fourteen. Participants receive continuing education credits that count toward their LEED certifications. The highest rated course of the year was "start-up city: inspiring private and public entrepreneurship," with an average rating of 4.5 out of 5. This one-hour multimedia course examines a variety of transportation-related challenges and solutions, with a first-hand account of how these projects achieved successful outcomes. Island press strengthens the environmental movement by giving professionals actionable, cutting-edge information that improves their practice. Said one partner: "people want to know what island press thinks are the important issues. We count on them to let us know what to pay attention to."