“Sue was great! She was informed and passionate about the topic and even took us on unique field trips. Please host this course and professor again.” – Bates College Student

Since childhood, Sue Inches has envisioned a world that is com-passionate, inclusive and environmentally aware. This vision guided her throughout her schooling and a 25-year career in public policy. She served as Deputy Director of the Maine State Planning Office and as a Program Manager at the Maine Department of Marine Resources. Signature policy issues she’s worked on include fisheries, land use planning, smart growth, building and energy codes, renewable energy, energy efficiency, working waterfront access, community finance, and rural broadband.

Sue now works as a speaker, writer, educator, and environmental advocate. She helps people find their power, and provides them with the tools and guidance to address current environmental issues. She teaches advocacy at several colleges, and remains actively engaged in advocacy work. She serves on the board of Defend Our Health, the steering committee of the Pine Tree Amendment, and the policy committee for Our Power. She writes a monthly newsletter focused on positive developments in the environmental field.

Sue’s recently released book is Advocating for the Environment, How to Gather Your Power and Take Action. It is available online and in bookstores everywhere. She holds a BA in Human Ecology from College of the Atlantic, and MBA from the University of New Hampshire.

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Advocating For The Environment: How to Gather Your Power and Take Action

North Atlantic Books |

What can any one of us–as ordinary citizens–really do about climate change? A lot!

Advocating for the Environment is based on a vision where all life is respected, revered, and nurtured.

The shifts we need to achieve this vision are profound–from how we do business to how we educate, govern, and care–for all people and life on the planet. Written by environmental policy expert Susan B. Inches, Advocating for the Environment is an easy-to-understand, empowering guide to help you take action and enact environmental change.

Part I begins with how we must learn to think differently in order to achieve this vision and heal the planet. It discusses storytelling, empathy, worldviews, and how understanding and effective communication can help us collaborate with others–even those with opposing views. And it shows the important role that citizen advocates play in achieving a healthy future.

Part II of the book is all about action. How to use power for good, work with decision-makers, organize events, manage a coalition, communicate with the public, and work with the media are all laid out in an easy-to-read and easy-to-reference format.

The book also includes case studies, research, and templates to deepen learning. Professors and teachers, students, legislators, environmental clubs, and church groups will also find useful ideas and strategies on every page. Advocating for the Environment is a guide to environmental action that readers will want to read and keep for reference for years to come.


Finding Hope in the Face of Climate Change


Promising Trends in Environmental Policy


2-3 Day Advocacy in Residence


Advocating for the Environment: How to Gather Your Power and Take Action


Bridging the Left and the Right


Environmental Rights and Why We Need Them


Writing and Preparing Testimony


Advocacy in Action!

Sue’s Blog

Sue’s Upcoming Events

Honors, Awards & Recognition

Served as Deputy Director of the Maine State Planning Office
Served as Program Manager at the Maine Department of Marine Resources
Board Member on environmental advocacy groups

Media clips

Media Kit

By clicking the link below you will be directed to a Google Docs Folder
where you can download author photos and cover images.

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