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Kern County Library Staff Suggests...: Living Green Recommendations

Friday, January 9, 2009

Living Green Recommendations

Check out these useful resources on environmental conservation and how to maintain an eco-friendly household. For more information, see the Living Green page.

Nonfiction Books

Go Green, Live Rich: 50 Simple Ways to Save the Earth and Get Rich Trying by David Bach - Barnes & Noble: "Go Green, Live Rich outlines fifty ways to make your life, your home, your shopping, and your finances greener—and get rich trying. From driving the right car to making your home energy smart, Bach offers ways to improve the environment while you spend less, save more, earn more, and pay fewer taxes."

Green Goes with Everything by Sloan Barnett - Barnes & Noble: "A mother of three, a dedicated consumer advocate, Sloan gives us a fast, simple, down-to-earth primer on the ways our homes are making us sick, and what we can all do to transform them into the safe sanctuaries we want and need them to be."

Living Like Ed by Ed Begley, Jr. - Barnes & Noble: "A committed environmentalist for more than thirty years, Ed Begley, Jr., has always tried to 'live simply so others may simply live.' Now, as more and more of us are looking for ways to reduce our impact on the planet and live a better, greener life, Ed shares his experiences on what works, what doesn't–and what will save you money!"

The Healthy House : How to Buy One, How to Build One, How to Cure a Sick One by John Bower - From Library Journal: "Most people feel safest at home; little do they know how many environmental dangers lurk in the average house. While some folks are more sensitive to these pollutants than others, there are numerous real hazards in both existing and new construction. Lead paint, arsenic in pressure-treated lumber, and outgassing from synthetic materials are only a few of the more notorious problems. Bower covers the house from top to bottom, explaining potential problems and offering safe solutions."

The Self Sufficiency Handbook: A Complete Guide to Greener Living by Alan Bridgewater - Barnes & Noble: "Anyone considering a shift to a greener way of living must get this inspirational and practical guide. With easy-to-read layouts and simple text, it runs the full ecological gamut, from geothermal heating to crop rotation to soap making."

Nontoxic, Natural, & Earthwise: How to Protect Yourself and Your Family from Harmful Products and Live in Harmony with the Earth by Debra Dadd-Redalia - "Debra Lynn Dadd leads the way for consumers to protect both themselves and the environment, by establishing new product-buying criteria that reflects the linkage between environmental protection and our health. Readers will find recommendations for more than 2,000 brand-name products are safe and environmentally sound."

The Nontoxic Home & Office: Protecting Yourself and Your Family from Everyday Toxics and Health Hazards by Debra Dadd-Redalia - "A guide to finding easy-to-implement alternatives to potentially harmful substances features chapters on cleaning products, household pesticides, tap water, drugs and medications, personal care products, food, clothing, bedding, and furniture."

Green Living: The E Magazine Handbook for Living Lightly on the Earth by E Magazine - Barnes & Noble: "This work, compiled by the editors of E/ The Environmental Magazine, grew out of a regular feature from the publication on how consumers can lessen their impact on the environment. From energy efficient water heaters to environmental banking and ecotourism, the volume provides discussion of how to live more environmentally."

Got Sun? Go Solar:Get Free Renewable Energy to Power Your Grid-Tied Home by Rex Ewing and Doug Pratt - Barnes & Noble: "From Vermont to California homeowners are plugging in to a hot new idea - reducing or eliminating their electric bills by using free energy from the sun and wind. In this straight-talking new book, authors Rex Ewing and Doug Pratt tell other grid-connected homeowners how to capture alternative energy and put it to use in their home."

Power with Nature by Rex A. Ewing - Barnes & Noble: "Be your own power company and let Mother Nature provide the energy! By investing in affordable, new technologies, you can join the thousands of homeowners who get free electricity from the sun, wind and water."

Green Babies, Sage Moms: The Ultimate Guide to Raising Your Organic Baby by Lynda Fassa - Barnes & Noble: "From the trailblazing founder of Green Babies organic clothing comes the very first guide for new mothers in raising a "green" family-and doing it simply and inexpensively."

Planetwalker: 22 Years of Walking, 17 Years of Silence by John Francis - Barnes & Noble: "When the struggle to save oil-soaked birds and restore blackened beaches left him feeling frustrated and helpless, John Francis decided to take a more fundamental and personal stand—he stopped using all forms of motorized transportation. Soon after embarking on this quest that would span two decades and two continents, the young man took a vow of silence that endured for 17 years."

Green Building and Remodeling for Dummies by Eric Freed - Barnes & Noble: "Want to build responsibly, reduce waste, and help preserve the environment? Green Building & Remodeling For Dummies is your friendly, step-by-step guide to every facet of this Earth-friendly method of construction."

The Green Beauty Guide: Your Essential Resource to Organic and Natural Skin Care, Hair Care, Makeup, and Fragrances by Julie Gabriel - Barnes & Noble: "Whether switching to organic produce or driving a hybrid car, going green is not only for the earth-friendly, but for today's health-conscious consumer. But what about the latest movement—green for beauty? Celebrities like Angela Jolie and Courtney Cox Arquette are turning organic products into the hottest beauty trend. Thanks to this amazing new beauty guide, The Green Beauty Guide, readers can now learn the look-gorgeous "green" secrets that the rich and famous employ."

Healthy Child, Healthy World: Creating a Cleaner, Greener, Safer Home by Christopher Gavigan - Barnes & Noble: "Featuring contributions from environmental science and public-health experts and many celebrity supporters, Healthy Child Healthy World offers parents a definitive guide to creating a healthy, nontoxic, and environmentally sound home."

A Greener Christmas by Sheherazade Goldsmith - Barnes & Noble: "The only guide to celebrating a greener Christmas shows you how to make your home merry, bright, and eco-friendly!"

Sustainable Living for Dummies by Michael Grosvenor - Barnes & Noble: "Fun and easy ways to help protect the environment–every day."

The Green Book of Household Hints: Keeping an Efficient and Ecologically Sound Home by Marjorie Harris - Barnes & Noble: "More than 1,000 ecologically sound and useful tips for efficient house-keeping. The book covers everything from appliance upkeep and internet safety for kids to laundry and bottled water."

The Green Bride Guide: How to Create an Earth-Friendly Wedding on Any Budget by Kate L. Harrison - Barnes & Noble: "The Green Bride Guide offers a comprehensive, go-to resource for anyone interested in planning a green wedding or including a few eco-chic elements in their event."

The Carbon-Free Home: 36 Remodeling Projects to Help Kick the Fossil Fuel Habit by Stephen Hren and Rebekah Hren - Barnes & Noble: "Inspired by their own determination to wean themselves completely from fossil fuels, Rebekah and Stephen Hren provide a map for others interested in the path to producing all their own energy and living a fossil fuel-free life."

Green Living for Dummies by Yvonne Jeffery - Packed with practical and realistic advice, Green Living For Dummies is a comprehensive guide to minimising your impact on the world around you. Here you'll discover effective and simple strategies for making a difference in every part of your life - from reducing energy waste in your home and cutting reliance on your car, to going green in the garden and at work.

The Passive Solar House by James Kachadorian - Barnes & Noble: "This book offers a technique for building homes that heat and cool themselves in a wide range of different climates, using ordinary building materials available anywhere and with methods familiar to all building contractors and many do-it-yourselfers."

Green Your Home by Gary Keller - Barnes & Noble: "Save money and build home equity with a sustainable, ecologically sound home."

The New Consumers: the Influence of Affluence on the Environment by
Norman Myers and Jennifer Kent - Barnes & Noble: "Environmental analysts Myers (Dyke U.) and Kent, who have already published several paper and books together, explore some of the unadvertised effects of economic development in non-industrialized countries, looking at the current and projected impact as many previously impoverished people begin to drive cars, eat meat every day, and keeps lights on all the time."

How to “Cook” Compost: Making and Using Compost by National Trust, London - Barnes & Noble: "Exploring one of the most straightforward and rewarding garden activities, this handy, easy-to-follow guide reveals every aspect of making and using compost—selecting the right type of container, deciding on the recipe that makes best use of the waste materials on hand, and showing the variety of ways in which this almost magical material can be put to work in the garden."

True Green: 100 Everyday Ways You Can Contribute to a Healthier Planet by Kim McKay and Jenny Bonnin - Presents 100 strategies for safeguarding the environment.

True Green @ Work: 100 Ways You Can Make the Environment Your Business by Kim McKay and Jenny Bonnin - Presents 100 strategies for safeguarding the environment.

The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Hybrid and Alternative Fuel Vehicles by Jack R. Nerad - "With the rise in gasoline costs, the hybrid car has exploded into the fastest-growing segment of the American car industry. This book sorts out the dizzying array of choices faced by American motorists."

The Little Green Handbook: Seven Trends Shaping the Future of Our Planet by Ron Nielsen - Barnes & Noble: "Published for the first time in the United States, The Little Green Handbook is a unique reference work that illustrates the most important global developments facing us today, explains them, and suggests area for positive change."

Grow Organic by Doug Oster - Barnes & Noble: "Grow Organic offers essential insights to help gardeners of all skill levels achieve their organic potential."

The Complete Compost Gardening Guide by Barbara Pleasant - Barnes & Noble: "A natural Six-Way Compost Gardening System provides the ruling principles for successfully improving every garden with healthy compost."

Organic Baby: Simple Steps for Healthy Living by Kimberly Rider - Barnes & Noble: "Record numbers of parents are choosing organic foods and non-toxic products that are healthier for their children and gentler on the planet to the tune of $50 billion dollars spent worldwide last year. Now it's easier than ever to create an eco-friendly environment for little ones without sacrificing comfort and style. Author of The Healthy Home Workbook, interior designer and new mother Kimberly Rider offers parents dozens of solutions that fit their priorities and their lifestyle and their budget."

The Green Book: the Everyday Guide to Saving the Planet One Simple Step at a Time by Elizabeth Rogers - Barnes & Noble: "Ellen DeGeneres, Robert Redford, Will Ferrell, Jennifer Aniston, Faith Hill, Tim McGraw, Martha Stewart, Tyra Banks, Dale Earnhardt, Jr., Tiki Barber, Owen Wilson, and Justin Timberlake tell you how they make a difference to the environment.

The Naturally Clean Home, 2nd edition by Karyn Siegel-Maier - Barnes & Noble: "In the second edition of The Naturally Clean Home, Karyn Siegel-Maier offers 150 all-natural recipes for cleaning every area of the home — from bathrooms to bedding, and from carpets to cabinetry."

Generation Green: the Ultimate Teen Guide to Living an Eco-Friendly Life by Linda Sivertsen and Tosh Sivertsen - This book lays out the inside scoop on the biggest issues affecting our planet, such as global warming and overflowing landfills; offers dozens of tips on how to shop, dress, eat, and travel the green way; includes interviews with teens like you who are involved with fun, innovative green causes; shows that being environmentally conscious can be a natural part of your life -- and your generation's contribution to turning things around.

Sara Snow’s Fresh Living: the Essential Room-by-Room Guide to a Greener, Healthier Family and Home by Sara Snow - Random House: "In this easy-to-follow guide, the green-living expert and host of the popular TV shows Living Fresh and Get Fresh with Sara Snow offers busy families simple, affordable ways to create a healthy, environmentally friendly home—room by room." Coming in March 2009.

Gorgeously Green: 8 Simple Steps to an Earth-Friendly Life by Sophie Uliano - Barnes & Noble: "In Gorgeously Green, Sophie offers a simple eight-step program that is an easy and fun way to begin living an earth-friendly life."

Green Remodeling: Your Start Toward an Eco-Friendly Home by John D. Wagner - "Ultimate Guide to Green Remodeling shows homeowners how they can take part in the "green" revolution through remodeling. Some of the topics covered include reducing home energy use, selecting nontoxic products, saving water, and supporting the environment through the use of products that support responsible manufacturing and the sustainable harvesting of natural resources."

Children's Books

Endangered Planet by David Burnie - Barnes & Noble: "Endangered Planet is a timely examination of the state of the earth's ecosystems."

The Environment in the News by Yael Calhoun - Barnes & Noble: "The Environment in the News examines three critical global concerns-climate change, endangered species, and air pollution."

Green Power: Eco-Energy Without Pollution by David Jefferis - Examines ocean power, solar heating, and solar and wind turbines.

Organic Crafts: 75 Earth Friendly Art Activities by Kimberly Monaghan - Learn with fun-filled craft activities about reusing, reducing, and recycling.

From Windmills to Hydrogen Fuel Cells: Discovering Alternate Energy by Sally Morgan - "Discusses alternatives to traditional energy sources that contribute to global warming and that are increasingly scarce."-- From source other than the Library of Congress


The 11th Hour (Produced and Narrated by Leonardo DeCaprio, written and directed by Leila Conners Petersen and Nadia Conners. Warner Home Video, 2008. 124 min. Rated PG.) - Explores the indelible footprint that humans have left on this planet, and the catastrophic effects of environmental neglect and abuse, and calls for restorative action through a reshaping of human activity.


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