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ESF Professor’s Book Wins Harold and Margaret Sprout Award

Manno’s ‘Ending the Fossil Fuel Era’ recognized as best book in its field

"Ending the Fossil Fuel Era" by Dr. Jack Manno was honored with the Harold and Margaret Sprout Award by the International Studies Association.

Manno, associate professor in ESF's Department of Environmental Studies, worked with his colleagues for three years gathering stories "from around the world where people have attempted and in some cases been successful keeping fossil fuels and valuable minerals in the ground."

The book includes examples of social movements, arguments to delegitimize fossil fuels as a step toward developing alternatives and redesigning society in order to live well with less energy.

The book was edited by Manno, Thomas Princen and Pamela L. Martin, and published by MIT Press. According to the awards committee, "'Ending the Fossil Fuel Era' examines a broad range of empirical case studies across the globe of transitions away from fossil fuels and towards decarbonisation and a more sustainable energy future. Princen, Manno and Martin put together a spectacularly well-written, well-argued and cohesive volume that is both methodologically rigorous and empirically rich."

The International Studies Association (ISA), founded in 1959, is one of the oldest interdisciplinary associations dedicated to understanding international, transnational and global affairs. The Environmental Section of ISA presents the Harold and Margaret Sprout Award.

Established in 1972, the Harold and Margaret Sprout Award is named in honor of two pioneers in the study of international environmental problems. The award is given annually to the best book in the field - one that makes a contribution to theory and interdisciplinarity, shows rigor and coherence in research and writing, and offers accessibility and practical relevance.