TIE Environmental Book Club

Are you interested in environmental issues? Do you enjoy reading?

Become a member of the TIE Book Club!

Meetings once per month at the Tufts Institute of the Environment meeting room,

210 Packard Ave., Medford, MA

The TIE Book Club is open to all members of the Tufts community interested in learning more about environmental issues, becoming involved with the Tufts Institute of the Environment, or just looking to chat about a great book. We hope that the book club will help foster ongoing campus-wide conversations about themes of the environment and environmental sustainability.

Browse through our suggested reading shelf and feel free to add your own recommendations of any new books that you’d like us to read!

TIE Book Club will meet once a month on the Tufts University Medford campus. Contact lai.yu@tufts.edu to join our mailing list, and stay tuned for more information!

Example of a Book Club Read:

       “The World Without Us”Alan Weisman

“The World Without Us” is an engaging, far-reaching narrative on how without human presence, our massive infrastructure would collapse and finally vanish; what of our everyday stuff may become immortalized as fossils; how copper pipes and wiring would be crushed into mere seams of reddish rock; why some of our earliest buildings might be the last architecture left; and how plastic, bronze sculpture, radio waves, and some man-made molecules may be our most lasting gifts to the universe. The World Without Us reveals how, just days after humans disappear, floods in New York’s subways would start eroding the city’s foundations, and how, as the world’s cities crumble, asphalt jungles give way to real ones. It describes the distinct ways that organic and chemically-treated farms would revert to wild, how billions more birds would flourish, and how cockroaches in unheated cities would perish without us. Drawing on the expertise of engineers, atmospheric scientists, art conservators, zoologists, oil refiners, marine biologists, astrophysicists, religious leaders from rabbis to the Dalai Lama, and paleontologists – who describe a pre-human world inhabited by megafauna like giant sloths that stood taller than mammoths – Weisman illustrates what the planet might be like today, if not for us.


A limited number of free copies are available at the TIE Office. These books will be available for pick-up on a first-come, first served basis prior to first book meetings.