Robert Merideth's The Environmentalist's Bookshelf (1993) contains a list of the top 40 books. This list is based on questionnaire survey responses from more than 236 environmental experts from around the world. The book contains a detailed description of each title listed. The following list is presented in the rank order resulting from the experts' recommendations.


01  Aldo Leopold  A Sand County Almanac. (1949) 
02  Rachel Carson  Silent Spring. (1962) 
03  Lester R. Brown and Staff of Worldwatch Institute  State of the World. (1992) 
04  Paul R. Ehrlich  The Population Bomb. (rev. ed. 1971) 
05  Henry David Thoreau  Walden: or Life in the Woods. (1854) 
06  Roderick Nash  Wilderness and the American Mind. (3rd ed. 1982) 
07  Ernst F. Schumacher  Small Is Beautiful: Economics As If People Mattered. (1973)
08  Edward Abbey  Desert Solitaire: A Season in the Wilderness. (1968) 
09  Barry Commoner  The Closing Circle: Nature, Man, and Technology. (1971) 
10  Donella H. Meadows, et al  The Limits to Growth: A Report for the Club of Rome's Project on the Predicament of Mankind. (1972)
11  Wendell Berry  The Unsettling of America: Culture and Agriculture. (1977)
12  John A. McPhee  Encounters with the Archdruid. (1971) 
13  George Perkins Marsh  Man and Nature. (1864) 
14  William L. Thomas Jr., ed.  Man's Role in Changing the Face of the Earth. (1956)
15  Edward Abbey  The Monkey Wrench Gang. (1975) 
16  World Resources Institute  World Resources: 1992-93. (1992) 
17  Norman Myers, ed.  Gaia: An Atlas of Planet Management. 1984 
18  Amory B. Lovins  Soft Energy Paths: Toward a Durable Peace. (1977) 
19  World Commission on Environment and Development  Our Common Future. (1987) 
20  Paul R. Ehrlich, Anne H. Ehrlich, John P. Holdren   Ecoscience: Population, Resources, Environment. (1977) 
 21  Loren C. Eiseley  The Immense Journey. (1957) 
22  J. E. Lovelock  Gaia: A New Look at Life on Earth. (1979) 
23  G. Tyler Miller  Living in the Environment: Concepts, Problems, and Alternatives. (6th ed. 1990)
24  Eugene P. Odum  Fundamentals of Ecology. (3rd ed. 1971) 
25  Barbara Ward, Rene Dubos  Only One Earth: The Care and Maintenance of a Small Planet (1972)
26  Herman Daly, John Cobb, Jr.  For the Common Good: Redirecting the Economy Toward Community, the Environment, and a Sustainable Future. (1989)
27  Bill Devall, George Sessions  Deep Ecology: Living as if Nature Mattered. (1985) 
28  Barry Lopez  Arctic Dreams: Imagination and Desire in a Northern Landscape. (1986)
29  Roger Tory Peterson  A Field Guide to the Birds. (4th ed. 1980) 
30  Marc P. Reisner  Cadillac Desert. The American West and Its Disappeearing Water. (1986)
31  William Vogt.  Road to Survival. (1948) 
32  Ansell Adams, Nancy Newhall  This Is the American Earth. (1960) 
33  Ernest Callenbach  Ecotopia: The Notebooks and Reports of William Weston (1975)
34  Annie Dillard  Pilgrim at Tinker Creek. (1974) 
35  Stephen R. Fox  The American Conservation Movement: John Muir and His Legacy. (1981)
36  Clarence J. Glacken  Traces on the Rhodian Shore: Nature and Culture in Western Thought from Ancient Times to the End of the Eighteenth Century. (1973)
37  Ian L. McHarg  Design with Nature. (1969)
38  Bill McKibben  The End of Nature, (1989) 
39  Garrett Hardin  Exploring New Ethics for Survival: The Voyage of Spaceship Beagle. (1972)
40  Donald E. Worster  Nature's Economy: A history of Ecological Ideas. (1985)