Small Stories, Big Changes – New from Lyle Estill – Spring 2013


Agents of Change on the Frontlines of Sustainability

Lyle Estill


“What inspires me is those individuals who are on the ground delivering good work in the name of environmental sustainability. They are the voices in this book."

David Orr


"Lyle Estill, an entrepreneur, a doer, a writer, and bridge builder, has collected stories of the small possibilities that are growing into larger realities, movements, and victories ahead. Few would bet much on any one of them, but together they are parts of a larger pattern of change now sweeping across the world."

Bryan Welch

Mother Earth News

“My assignment, as I see it, is to get excited and stay excited about people who do good in the world- and the good they do”

Anne E. Tazewell

Secret Agent to Change Agent

“I am honored to be able, in some small way, to help usher in a world of more transparency and considered consequences.”

Glen Estill

Sky Generation

“Make no mistake. We are in war with entrenched vested interests to shift the world to a sustainable energy path. And the first casualty of war is the truth.”

Nicola Ross

On Sabbatical

“But of one thing I am sure: inspiration comes through challenge. It happens when you get out of your comfort zone, when you plunk yourself down in territory so uncertain that it causes cold sweat to rise up between your shoulder blades and slither slowly down your back.”

Gary Phillips

All Round Activist

“My life’s work is devoted to the enterprise of connecting an inclusive community into a web of spiritual power strong enough to stand against empire.”

Jessalyn Estill

Good for Sale

“I believed I could harness the power of business to better the world and I was determined to prove it.”

Eric Henry

The Journey

“As far back as I can remember I have tried to be aware of my surroundings and to find ways to improve or minimize my impact to the earth.”

Megan Toben

Pickard’s Mountain Eco Institute

“This work is not about giving all the answers- we don’t have all the answers to give. But we know how to listen for good clues.”

Tim Toben


“What kept us going at each of these challenging junctures was the belief that what we were doing was fundamentally "good." Of the three legs of the triple bottom line stool our shortest was profit.”

Blair Pollock

Doing New Things

“Some environmental psychologists say that those who spend more time in the woods or outdoors in general between ages six and eleven are much more likely to be imbued with a love of nature. I did, and I am."

Rebekah Hren

More Questions than Answers

“I didn't start out on this path because of peak oil or climate change or industrial food, but because of an unsettling certainty that something was not quite right with the way the world goes about its business.”

Elaine Chiosso

She Speaks for the River

“ I loved this life of watching the landscape change through the seasons, and that has fed my efforts to protect it from bulldozers.”

Albert Bates

Finding the Others

“I feel like you can carry emotion to the point where it does some good, but then you can carry it too far. So I try to be rational and logical about this sort of thing.”

Jennifer Radtke

Riding the Demon

“Riding rollercoasters was unknowingly my training ground for running a cutting-edge activist business.”

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"What thrills me most about Biodiesel Power is that someone is finally telling the story of this movement, with all its ups and downs. As a reader it has me far too distracted from work right now. As a contributor to the process that Lyle has chronicled, I've never felt such an honor. As therapy, this book will add years to my life. "
Kumar Plocher, president, Yokayo Biofuels, Inc.