Green Living

Looking for ways to reduce your environmental footprint? The library has lots of books and magazines with useful information on sustainable living and taking care of natural resources. Use these links as a jumping off point to your research!
  • How Bad Are Bananas?
    Mike Berners-Lee
    Discusses the carbon footprint--the carbon emissions used to manufacture and transport--everyday items, including paper bags and imported produce, and provides information to help build carbon considerations into everyday purchases.
  • Rethink: The Way You Live
    Amanda Talbot
    Filled with inspiring images of homes all over the world, this guide, combining age-old resourcefulness with new technology, shows readers how to rethink their design choices today for a more sustainable tomorrow, revealing how to build a better world from the inside out.
  • Modern Upcycling
    Susanna Zacke
    Don't throw out old clothing or scraps leftover from finished projects. Upcycling is today's hottest trend in handicraft and décor, and master crafters Susanna Zacke and Sania Hedengren are here to show how it's done in their vibrant new guide.
  • The Third Plate
    Dan Barber
    Renowned chef Dan Barber introduces a new kind of cuisine that represents the future of American dining in THE THIRD PLATE. Barber explores the evolution of American food from the "first plate," or industrially-produced, meat-heavy dishes, to the "second plate" of grass-fed meat and organic greens, and says that both of these approaches are ultimately neither sustainable nor healthy. Instead, Barber proposes Americans should move to the "third plate," a cuisine rooted in seasonal productivity, natural livestock rhythms, whole-grains, and small portions of free-range meat. Barber's book charts a bright path for eaters and chefs alike towards a healthy and sustainable future for American cuisine.
  • Environmental Encyclopedia
    Provides in-depth, worldwide coverage of environmental issues. Each article is written in a nontechnical style and provides current status, analysis, and suggested solutions whenever possible.
  • going green cover
    Lydia Bjornlund
    Explores the issues surrounding going green. Presents diversity of opinion on the topic, including both conservative and liberal points of view in an even balance.
  • Achieving Sustainability cover
    Debra Rowe
    Aimed at readers who are not experts in the field, the material is relevant to courses in natural sciences, social sciences, and the humanities. It presents and analyzes the underpinnings of the multi-disciplinary concept of sustainability.

Ideas and Helpful Information!

10 All-Natural, DIY Cleaners to Scrub Every Inch of Your Home: Try these simple, green recipes you can make yourself.

What Is Your Water Footprint? National Geographic.

Upcycle/Recycle Pinterest board - We have collected some nifty possible projects on our Upcycle/Recycle Pinterest board. Take a look!

The Metro Waste Authority has a handy guide to help you figure out your recycling or disposal options for unusual products.

Find your carbon footprint with a calculator from The Nature Conservatory.