About Us

New Society Publishers’ mission is to publish books that contribute in fundamental ways to building an ecologically sustainable and just society, and to do so with the least possible impact on the environment, in a manner that models this vision.

New Society Publishers has been publishing books to build a new society for over 30 years. We are an activist, solutions-oriented publisher focused on bringing you tools for a world of change. We help you to know the talk, and walk the talk. Our books are packed with:

  • ideas on the cutting edge
  • analysis that's hard to find
  • inspiration for the daily struggle, and
  • practical tools to change the world.

New Society Publishers’ work speaks to individuals and organizations interested in changing their lives so that they may change the world for the better.

From our early roots in the activist soil of both the United States and Canada, New Society Publishers has flourished. Committed to facilitating social change, our mandate from the early years has broadened to embrace a broad social transformation toward sustainability. We specialize in providing the understanding, the tools and the skills for enabling such a transformation to occur. Our editorial focus on sustainable living includes a broad subject area ranging from community building and post carbon prep, through green and natural building and renewable energy, to food and gardening, conscientious commerce, and more. We aim to help build an alternative infrastructure to that of the mainstream, an alternative to mega-corporate dominated media and the large corporate influence over so many facets of our lives. In short, we publish books to build a new society.

New Society Publishers also sees itself as a solutions publisher, providing 'good news' most of the time as well as clear analysis of the major issues we face in the struggle to create a more just and equitable world. We see this as a practical task, as well as a spiritual and intellectual task, and one in which values play a crucial part.

We publish primarily for the North American market and we are also distributed internationally. Our ebooks are available through most major English language ebook retailers. And several New Society titles have reached the far corners of the planet in translation, most notably perhaps Our Ecological Footprint by William Rees and Mathis Wackernagel and The Party’s Over by Richard Heinberg, two of our 'signature books' which have been translated into many different languages.


New Society Publishers is proud to have been honored with a number of awards in recognition of our commitment to excellence and social and environmental responsibility. These include two Ethics in Action Awards and the Jim Douglas British Columbia Publisher of the Year Award.

We acknowledge the financial support of the Government of Canada through the Canada Book Fund (CBF) for our publishing activities.