the island press story

Island Press began with a simple idea: knowledge is power—the power to imagine a better future and find ways for getting us there.

Founded in 1984, Island Press’ mission is to provide the best ideas and information to those seeking to understand and protect the environment and create solutions to its complex problems.

IP elevates voices of change, shine a spotlight on crucial issues, and focus attention on sustainable solutions.

IP’s network of authors includes Carey Gillam, Shalanda Baker, Billy Fleming, Joelle Gergis, Timothy Beatley, Angie Schmitt, and many others. By working closely with experts like these, Island Press has developed a comprehensive and growing body of knowledge—vital resources for all those working to protect the environment and create healthy communities.

IP’s programs and partnerships bring our authors and their views into conversation with people who can trigger change on the ground and keep it moving forward. Click here to read about some of the changes their work has shaped.

Island Press is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization.


the island press Approach

Island Press books are forged by an author’s experience, shaped by their editors, and refined in review so that the final result is clear, strong, and accessible. Even today, when knowledge is being developed much more quickly than ever before, this process remains at the heart of how they develop ideas to stimulate change.

At the same time, they are evolving our approach to develop and deliver ideas and expertise quickly, interactively, and in various forms.

IP brings ideas to life through workshops, webinars, outreach, and events that bring their authors and their views into conversation with people who can put them into action.

Island Press’ three publishing program areas are:

  • Food systems, water, and health
  • Ecosystems, conservation, and biodiversity
  • The built environment

IP’s books tackle today’s major challenges, including: designing livable, resilient cities with opportunities for all; ensuring abundant fresh water; protecting the beauty and diversity of the natural world; limiting the scale and impact of climate change.

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