This list is continually updated with our favorite sources of information and inspiration. Let us know if you know of a resource you think should be listed!



Local Organizations


City Repair – video here

Conservation Economy – this “pattern language for sustainability” provides an excellent overview of the many puzzle pieces necessary for the creation of a sustainable society.

The Crash Course – an exceptionally clear and information-packed video series by Chris Martenson covering exponential growth, systemic flaws of the dollar, peak oil, and resource depletion.

Energy Bulletin – collects the best news and writing on peak oil and relocalization.

Instructables green – the sustainability section of this user-generated how-to site offers instructions on thousands of urban homesteading projects.

New Currency Frontiers – as the name suggests, this blog is on the cutting edge of new thinking around currency and community economics.

Orion Magazine – this monthly mag publishes literary, in-depth articles and essays on sustainability – often from big names like McKibben and Hawken.

Permaculture Discussion Forum

Permaculture for Renters – great resource for “the landless many” from Portland-based permaculturalist Leonard Barrett.

Permaculture Power – Australian clearinghouse of permaculture-related links and resources… updated several times daily.

Permaculture Principles for Business – this handy article by David Holmgren and Rob Hopkins describes many creative lessons . Also check out this blog post on Permaculture business principles – and, of course, the Financial Permaculture blog.

Planetizen – collects the best news and writing on sustainability-oriented urban planning and design

Plants For a Future – searchable database of over 6000 edible and medicinal plant species. Includes details on range, cultivation, propagation, and preparation.

Transition Wiki

Yes! Magazine


1491 by Charles C. Mann – this fascinating reappraisal of Native American activity before Columbus’ arrival lends substantial evidence to the permaculture premise that we have the ability to alter entire ecosystems for the better.

EcoCities by Richard Register – this book by a Berkeley-based eco-designer contains dozens of large-scale ideas for reorienting our urban areas towards aligment with patterns in nature.

Edible Forest Gardens by Dave Jacke and Eric Toensmeier – This exhaustive two-volume set covers every detail of the design and implementation of “forest gardens” – perennial polycultures that mimic a forest ecosystem while providing food and other needs for their creators.

Gaia’s Garden by Toby Hemenway – this highly readable work is the best place to start for applying permaculture gardening techniques to the home scale. The recently-released 2nd edition contains more helpful information for urban dwellers.

The Granite Garden by Anne Whiston Spirn – Despite being 25 years old, this book gives an excellent overview of how flows of wind, water and sunlight interact with urban areas – and how we can be designing cities more intelligently to make use of those flows.

The Long Descent by John Michael Greer – thoughtfully dissects the mythical narratives of apocalypse and utopia, and explains why the future we’re likely headed for is one of protracted, uneven decline in social complexity.

Metapatterns by Tyler Volk – this poetic and informative work examines underlying patterns in the organization of our world, across the realms of  physics, biology and human society.

Perennial Vegetables by Eric Toensmeier – a user-friendly guide to over 100 perennial herbs, tubers, vines and shrubs.

Rainwater Harvesting for Drylands, Volumes 1 and 2 by Brad Lancaster – readable and info-packed workbooks covering a variety of active and passive catchment techniques, from one of Arizona’s premier permaculturalists.

Toolbox For Sustainable City Living by Scott Kellogg and Stacy Pettigrew – this work takes urban permaculture beyond gardening with DIY instructions for aquaculture, biogas, greenhouse construction and more.

The Transition Handbook by Rob Hopkins – the founder of the Transition movement explains in detail his inspiring framework for creating resilient communities that can thrive in the face of peak oil, climate change and economic instability.

A Thousand Years of Nonlinear History by Manuel DeLanda – this dense but fascinating work looks at the past millenium of the Western World through flows of energy and materials, genes, and language.

Wild Fermentation by Sandor Katz – a combined cookbook and manifesto on the art and science of cultured foods, from ginger beer to sauerkraut to tempeh.

Local Resources

The Atriplex Project – an open-source plant matrix I developed focusing on plants adapted to Colorado’s climate.

Blacktail Permaculture Co-op – a broadacre Permaculture site in Henderson, just northeast of Denver.

Blue and Yellow Logic – it takes more than one color to make green, and this organization focuses on bringing sustainable jobs to Denver’s black and latino communities

Central Rocky Mountain Permaculture Institute

Denver Urban Homesteading – A new educational center for urban agriculture and local food, located at 2nd and Santa Fe

Ecoscape Design – A Boulder-based permaculture landscaping company.

Feed Denver – Organization working to develop the infrastructure for commercial-scale urban agriculture throughout the Denver region (also check out their blog!).

Green Spaces Denver – A coworking space for sustainability-oriented businesses, Green Spaces offers shared business services, business development workshops, and affordable rent in a beautiful space in the Ballpark neighborhood.

Greener Denver – a new program by the city’s Office of Economic Development to help local businesses incorporate sustainability into their operations.

Grow Local Colorado – Want to garden but don’t have the space? Got a lawn that you’d like to offer up for someone else to grow food? Want to connect with other gardeners in your ‘hood? This one’s for you.

The Lyons Farmette – A working organic farm and sustainability center offering cooking classes, gardening classes, and permaculture certification. Check out their latest event here

Mile High Business Alliance -a membership organization of small businesses working to create a local living economy in the Denver area. MHBA also runs the Colorado Local First website, for ratings and reviews of local establishments.

Ruckus Refinery – the collective house in City Park West of which Adam is a member.

Transition Colorado Ning Network – A mini-Facebook developed specifically for the Transition movement in Colorado. With over a thousand member profiles and dozens of events listed every month, this is a must-visit site if you are interested in sustainability on the Front Range.

Transition Colorado

Denver Botanic Gardens

Harlequin’s Gardens – This 25-year-old nursery in North Boulder offers the best selection of herbs, grasses, trees and shrubs that are adapted to local conditions.
Progress group
Denver Fruit Tree Map
Colorado Permaculture Blog

Pikes Peak Permaculture

Woodbine Ecology Center – nonprofit located in the foothills southwest of Denver, focusing on the intersection of sustainability education and indigenous knowledge