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Our Collection CommonAct is an independent press dedicated to publishing fine books on community organization, anti-oppression and social work practice.

Books Our selection of physical books

Our Footprint CommonAct is environmentally friendly.

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We are proud of our commitment to environmental stewardship and sustainable business practices. Being a small press has allowed us to be nimble in making changes that support and reflect our philosophy. We have decreased our own footprint while focusing on environmental concerns and Ancient Forest protection even though our business has grown steadily over the past five years.

CommonAct is a participating publisher with both Markets Initiative (CDN) and Green Press Initiative (US), which means we are committed to the goals of the Book Industry Treatise on Responsible Paper and have an environmental paper policy in place. To learn more, just visit and

Printing Books: Since 2006 our books have been printed on 100% Post-Consumer Waste Enviro 100 paper that is Ancient Forest Friendly. We have also planned during the design and printing preparation stages to ensure paper is not wasted during the printing process. For example, with one publication, we chose to leave a few extra pages in the back of each book you can use to make notes, rather than have them removed and thrown away as is usual practice in the publishing industry. All of our publications sold in North America are printed in Canada.