Island Press, founded in 1984, seeks to provide the best ideas and information to those seeking to protect the environment and build urban resilience. With a stable of esteemed authors, the nonprofit publishing house amplifies the voice of those working for change. Program areas include food systems, water and health; ecosystems, conservation and biodiversity; and the built environment. From the Urban Street Design Guide, which has received endorsements from over 40 U.S. cities, seven states and the U.S. Department of Transportation, to The Most Important Fish in the Sea, which sparked an advocacy campaign to impose fishing quotas on the Atlantic menhaden for the first time ever, Island Press publishes for impact.
The organization connects authors with communities through workshops, webinars, outreach and events to build awareness and catalyze action about environmental issues. The press’s Climate Adaptation Knowledge Exchange, for example, creates a platform for policymakers to share resources on best practices, data, trends and case studies. The Conservation Finance Network is a training program introducing participants to tools and concepts on public, private and philanthropic funding mechanisms for resource conservation. In addition, a partnership with the U.S. Green Building Council has resulted in online continuing education courses for thousands of LEED professionals based on sustainability practices outlined in select Island Press books.