COSA New Book by CO author: “Ecosystems as Models for Restoring our Econom ies”

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

I hope this message finds you well, and enjoying the beautiful fall foliage.

It is with great pleasure that I announce the release of Ecosystems as Models for Restoring our Economies. As the title suggests, this book explores the path toward restoring our economies, as informed by earth’s most resilient ecosystems, capable of sustaining the greatest number of species from the fewest resources. Below is an invitation to the official book launch, reviews, a link to where you can find a copy of the book, and a schedule of talks on the subject I will be delivering this fall and winter in CO and elsewhere.

Directly and indirectly, many of you have contributed to the content of this book, for which I cannot thank you deeply enough. I hope you enjoy the read, as you peel back the layers of our ecosystems and economies to discover the foundations and functions common to both. Stemming from our collective knowledge of ecological restoration, this book proposes a path for restoring our economies to a healthy state, and in the process strengthen our resistance to a future of expected global turmoil. If you believe ecosystems cannot possibly hold the clues to restoring our economies, may this book inspire you to think again.

Happy reading,

John H. Giordanengo

Get a first edition of the book, or find speaking engagements near you:

Attend the Launch on October 26 in Fort Collins, Free.
Where: Wolverine Farm, 316 Willow St, Fort Collins, CO 80524
When: Oct 26:
5pm: (live music by Stultz, socialize, and enjoy libations)
6pm: Presentation by author.
7pm: Book signing
7:30pm: more music

Capacity: Limited to 60 people. Arrive early. More


More Talks on Ecosystems as Models for Restoring our Economies
Virtual and in-person talks this fall across the west, found at

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Early Reviews
Early reviews from the restoration and conservation community:

“Ecosystems as Models to Restoring our Economies appeals to a broad range of people across ages, values, and political beliefs, and will change the way we live our lives. I’ll be sending this book to many people in my life moving forward, and believe it should be required reading for high schools, colleges, and any other educational program.”
~ Morgan Day, Urban Planning and Sustainability Writer

“Giordanengo provides a comprehensive synthesis of ecological foundations and economic structure, sorely lacking in our quest to develop sustainable economies in the face of growing economic and environmental turmoil. From the roots of ecological restoration, this book delivers a clear path to restoring the American economy, in a way that speaks in a universal language to policy makers, business owners, academics and the general public. The identification of three drivers of highly resilient and productive economies and ecosystems—diversity, energy, and trade—is perhaps the most important insight to resolving growing tensions between society, nature, and the global market economy. This book provides hopes for species, ecosystems and the planet.”
~ Kingsley Dixon, Vice chair of the global board of directors, Society for Ecological Restoration.

“If you care about the environment; you will not want to miss reading this book.”
~ Don Hijar, life-long conservationist, and owner of Pawnee Buttes Seed Company

“Entrepreneurs play a critical role in the ecosystem, and in the endurance and restoration of a thriving economy. Ecosystems as Models to Restoring our Economies, Giordanengo’s masterpiece book, distills nature’s most important principles with basic economic theory in a logical and seamless narrative. Your first takeaway might be – why haven’t we looked at the earth ‘s ecosystems before – for the answers to a sustainable economy? As a reader, you will be drawn to new clues and conclusions.”
~ Patty Alper, Teach to Work, Author, The Alper Portfolio Group Ltd, President

“As an ecologist and ecosystem restorationist John Giordanengo, like myself, has spent decades pondering the plight of humanity while simultaneously working with natural plant communities that have been able to survive every disturbance imaginable. There are predictable strategies used by nature, in order to survive in a world of unpredictable disturbances. Giordanengo points out that it is the built-in strategy of natural systems to increase energy capture, increase diversity, and to maximize the recycling of nutrients within the system beginning at the local level. The in-depth work of this book reveals our economy has become “upside down” compared to ecosystems. The human economy has grown “out” to the limits of our biosphere. It is time, as Giordanengo asserts, to mimic nature and to grow IN.”
~ Mark Shepard, Author of Restoration Agriculture

“Finding the ‘win-win-win’ solution that optimizes economics, environmental sustainability, and human well-being is an essential and urgent task facing all of us. Giordanengo approaches this problem with his unique background of scientist, NGO leader, and business owner. He makes credible arguments and presents credible scenarios to solve the crisis, offering empirical solutions that resonate and build up from the local to global scales. John writes with a level of clarity not common to his colleagues and has created a treatise well worth reading.”
~ Tim Seastedt, Professor Emeritus, University of Colorado, Boulder

“Biomimicry has helped ranchers like us develop rapid rotational grazing and other practices that help the environment as well as the bottom line. Can the lessons of ecosystem science be applied to entire economies? That is the critical question addressed by John Giordanengo in this insightful book. It is time for economic policy makers to collaborate with environmentalists and ecologists, to develop creative solutions for restoring both the planet and its human communities.”
~ David M. Jessup, co-owner, Sylvan Dale Ranch, author of Mariano’s Crossing and other award-winning historical novel

Visit for more details. Hope to see you on the 26th