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.

"This is a wonderful, often funny, and inspiring book. Lyle Estill weaves a tapestry of stories of local people and places that, taken together, begin to form the outlines of sustainable, self-reliant communities united by the desire to cooperate for the common good. Small is Possible offers hope and encouragement to those engaged in the difficult but rewarding task of reviving communities that have been devastated by globalization, corporate greed, and apathy. Creating strong, caring, local communities offers one of life's biggest adventures--and opportunities."
Greg Pahl, author