Work Like Nature
$7.99
Minimum price
$7.99
Suggested price

Work Like Nature

Sustainability lessons from ecosystems for your job or business

About the Book

Do you want to take action at work that will benefit you, your job and your community as much as it helps the environment? Lea Elliott’s Work Like Nature presents lessons from nature to help you make sense of sustainability and start making a difference. 

These ecosystem ideas are illustrated through inspiring stories from Vancouver-area green innovators. See how these bright thinkers from a variety of disciplines work like nature to benefit the environment and, surprisingly, to win at their job or business. 

You’ll see how a city secures its energy needs, a community designs a dynamic waterfront, and an entrepreneur protects our oceans. You’ll also discover how a diversity of flowers growing in a blueberry field fortifies our food supply, how turning manure into renewable natural gas can in fact protect our water, and how views of nature make us healthier. Exercises and examples in each chapter will help you apply these lessons to your own work. 

By simply looking outside, you can gain insights to help you protect the environment, grow the green economy, build resilient communities and do work you’re proud of.

If you enjoyed Hawken’s Ecology of Commerce, Braungart and McDonough’s Cradle to Cradle or Benyus’s Biomimicry you’ll love Work Like Nature

  • Share this book

  • Categories

    • Management
    • Non-Fiction
    • Sciences
    • Green Business and Sustainability
    • Ecology
  • Feedback

    Email the Author(s)

About the Author

Lea Elliott
Lea Elliott

Lea Elliott is a regenerative catalyst, biologist, writer and educator with over 20 years of experience in the environmental field and an M.Sc. in Resource Management and Environmental Studies. 

Lea helps individuals and teams make innovative and practical environmental change in their work. Lea specializes in turning lessons from nature, scientific research and case studies into relevant and effective environmental action for professionals.  

Lea got her start as a field biologist where she studied how forestry, tourism and agriculture affect our forests, oceans and wildlife. Working with local municipalities, Lea has helped city staff conserve land, integrate nature with our communities and use greener practices. She’s worked with Vancouver teachers as a Scientist in Residence to give them the tools and ideas they need to inspire the next generation of green innovators.

When she’s not working, Lea and her family enjoy being outside. They marvel at the chickadees on insect patrol in their apple trees, the sweetness of carrots pulled from the garden and the bounty of ocean life during spring runs of Pacific Herring.

Reader Testimonials

Kristin Ohlson
Kristin Ohlson

Author of The Soil Will Save Us

Lea Elliott's book is both inspirational and practical, full of great ideas for transforming our urgent need to work with nature into actual change.

Melissa Chaun
Melissa Chaun

Tri-City News

Lea Elliott provides practical exercises to help readers begin to analyze their business and develop a sustainability framework.

Dr. Steve Schein
Dr. Steve Schein

Author of A New Psychology for Sustainability Leadership: The Hidden Power of Ecological Worldviews

I highly recommend Lea Elliott's new book to anyone looking to up their game as a sustainability change agent, educator, or practitioner. Her six lessons from nature contain abundant new ideas about how to accelerate and scale sustainability practice...and are fun to read as well!

Table of Contents

  • Build Your Career and Be Sustainable
  • Preface
    • Journey to win-win
  • Introduction
  • Chapter 1. Work With Nature’s Services
    • Nature provides
    • Crop insurance: nature
    • Health insurance: nature
    • Storm insurance: nature
  • Chapter 2. Use Non-Toxic Materials and Processes
    • Greener plastics for a bluer ocean
    • Feel good about what you wear
  • Chapter 3. Seek and Share Optimal Resources
    • Seeking a more optimal fish feed
    • Powering a city with under-utilized, local resources
    • Optimize travel with car sharing
  • Chapter 4. Upcycle Wastes into Resources
    • Finding a use for rejected produce
    • Turning smelly ick into cozy warmth
  • Chapter 5. Be Diverse
    • Bee diversity generates profit
    • Bees need landscape diversity
    • More energy diversity for better energy security
  • Chapter 6. Pay Attention to Interconnection
    • Systemic issues need systemic solutions
    • Thinking of interconnections causes a sustainability ripple
    • Connect to and work with your natural setting
  • Conclusion
  • Request for Review
  • Contributors
  • Acknowledgements
  • Common and Scientific Names
  • Notes
    • Preface
    • Introduction
    • Chapter 1
    • Chapter 2
    • Chapter 3
    • Chapter 4
    • Chapter 5
    • Chapter 6
    • Conclusion
  • About the Author

The Leanpub 60 Day 100% Happiness Guarantee

Within 60 days of purchase you can get a 100% refund on any Leanpub purchase, in two clicks.

Now, this is technically risky for us, since you'll have the book or course files either way. But we're so confident in our products and services, and in our authors and readers, that we're happy to offer a full money back guarantee for everything we sell.

You can only find out how good something is by trying it, and because of our 100% money back guarantee there's literally no risk to do so!

So, there's no reason not to click the Add to Cart button, is there?

See full terms...

80% Royalties. Earn $16 on a $20 book.

We pay 80% royalties. That's not a typo: you earn $16 on a $20 sale. If we sell 5000 non-refunded copies of your book or course for $20, you'll earn $80,000.

(Yes, some authors have already earned much more than that on Leanpub.)

In fact, authors have earnedover $13 millionwriting, publishing and selling on Leanpub.

Learn more about writing on Leanpub

Free Updates. DRM Free.

If you buy a Leanpub book, you get free updates for as long as the author updates the book! Many authors use Leanpub to publish their books in-progress, while they are writing them. All readers get free updates, regardless of when they bought the book or how much they paid (including free).

Most Leanpub books are available in PDF (for computers) and EPUB (for phones, tablets and Kindle). The formats that a book includes are shown at the top right corner of this page.

Finally, Leanpub books don't have any DRM copy-protection nonsense, so you can easily read them on any supported device.

Learn more about Leanpub's ebook formats and where to read them

Write and Publish on Leanpub

You can use Leanpub to easily write, publish and sell in-progress and completed ebooks and online courses!

Leanpub is a powerful platform for serious authors, combining a simple, elegant writing and publishing workflow with a store focused on selling in-progress ebooks.

Leanpub is a magical typewriter for authors: just write in plain text, and to publish your ebook, just click a button. (Or, if you are producing your ebook your own way, you can even upload your own PDF and/or EPUB files and then publish with one click!) It really is that easy.

Learn more about writing on Leanpub