about Lyle


Lyle Estill was trained as a writer.  He published his first short story in 1981, and has been publishing ever since.

Many think of him as a traveling salesman who accidentally became an environmentalist, stumbled into being an activist, and went on to become what some refer to as a “social entrepreneur.”

He has founded companies, grown enterprises as an intrapreneur, and has traveled successfully through the business world for several decades.

Although he has written epistles, treatises, poetry, fiction, and essays he is best known as the publisher of Energy Blog, and for his newspaper columns, and books.

He is author of Small is Possible; Life in a Local Economy (2008) Biodiesel Power; the Passion, People, and Politics of the Next Renewable Fuel (2005), Industrial Evolution; Local Solutions for a Low Carbon Future (2011),  and Small Stories, Big Changes; Agents of Change on the Frontlines of Sustainability (2013).  His most recent work is Backyard Biodiesel (2015) co-authored by Bob Armantrout.

If you have time on your hands, you can find everything he has ever published here.  We should note this is not everything he has ever written.  For that we would need to go into the boxes in his attic.

Here is his actual resume.

If you need a high resolution version of the above photo (from Small is Possible) for print, you can find it here. If you would prefer the photo from Industrial Evolution, you can find it here. If your need a high res version from Small Stories, you can find it here.

"Community is quickly emerging as the most important word in the environmental lexicon, and for a society that is focused so squarely on individualist consumerism, it's not the easiest concept to really understand. Small is Possible is a real-life, warts-and-all description of how to get things going back in the direction of neighborliness. I found it immensely hopeful."
Bill McKibben, author of Eaarth and climate change activist