Join the

Women in Sustainability

Book Club

Q1 2024 Book "Emergent Strategies" by Adrienne Maree Brown

Full book discussion March 26 at 5:30pm

Q2 2024 Book

"Go As A River"

by Shelley Read

Set amid Colorado’s wild beauty, a heartbreaking coming-of-age story of a resilient young woman whose life is changed forever by one chance encounter. A tragic and uplifting novel of love and loss, family and survival—and hope.

Inspired by true events surrounding the destruction of the town of Iola in the 1960s, Go as a River is a story of deeply held love in the face of hardship and loss, but also of finding courage, resilience, friendship, and, finally, home—where least expected. This stunning debut explores what it means to lead your life as if it were a river—gathering and flowing, finding a way forward even when a river is dammed.

April 23 - Part 1

May 28 - through Part 3

June 25 - Full book discussion


Q3 2024 Book "Conversations with Trees" by Stephanie Kaza

Coming July through September 2024


Book Club members attend a talk with Robin Wall Kimmerer at History Colorado in 2023.

  • Purposeful Connection: The Women in Sustainability Book Club is a vibrant community uniting individuals passionate about sustainability.
  • Quarterly Reading: Engage in thought-provoking exploration with a quarterly dive into impactful sustainability books.
  • Monthly Virtual Gatherings: Connect online each month for dynamic discussions, breaking down the book into digestible sections. The group meets on the 4th Tuesday of each month. All meetings will have virtual options. Attendees may also opt to meet in person. (Note: meetings may be moved due to holidays, including Christmas break.)
  • Free and Inclusive: This is a welcoming space open to anyone interested in sustainability, with the commitment to keep events free for all.
  • Friendship and Networking: Beyond books, it's an opportunity to make friends, forge connections, and network with like-minded women in the sustainability space.
  • Collective Exploration: The club isn't just about reading; it's a shared journey towards creating a greener, more sustainable future.
  • Member & Community Led - WIS members organize monthly gatherings. The group determines the book per quarter.
  • Surprise guests! When possible, we connect with the author to invite them to our final discussion of the quarter to get their insight on the book.

In 2023, we read ....


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Author Camille Dungy (Soil: The Story of a Black Mother's Garden) joins the Women in Sustainability Book Club conversation in 2023.

A Word from our Hosts

Hi all, I'm Zhuli! I'm thrilled about the community we have built through reading thus far and am eager to meet new folks who would like to join! In my free time, I enjoy riding my bike, going to concerts, and plotting my next travel adventure! This year I hope to bike the GAP trail, which goes from D.C. to Pittsburgh. 🚴‍♀️ I am also looking forward to all of the exciting books we will pick together for book club, so join us in our next meeting! 🙂

Jessica Swindon (she/they) is originally from upstate New York and found her way to Colorado through her graduate school studies in plant and soil science. Jessica currently serves as the Water Program Director at Groundwork Denver, a non-profit that focuses on environmental justice issues in Denver. She believes there is power in community and connection that can lead to a healthier and happier life for all. Outside of her professional interests, Jessica enjoys learning about regenerative agriculture, sustainable cities, and attending live music and art shows. Jessica loves talking about all things related to sustainability and the environment so feel free to reach out!

About Women in Sustainability

Women in Sustainability (WIS) is a social and environmental justice nonprofit on a mission to CARE for the planet through Community, Advocacy, Resources and Education. We aim to elevate women and marginalized voices that focus on environment and sustainability.

Women in Sustainability is committed to creating a community-driven organization where all voices matter and are included at the family table. Women and (women) minorities have been excluded from the climate conversation and climate leadership, yet they are the most impacted by the environmental crisis. We no longer have time to “do business as is” and it’s time to clearcutting the old to make way for a new regenerative approach to caring for the planet. It is time that we re-plant our systems with feminism & feminist climate leadership, which is wide open to people of any gender. Women in Sustainability is committed to changing the status quo so that our community members can lead the way in this shifting era and protect them from burnout.

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