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Living Green

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Check out these useful resources on environmental conservation and how to maintain an eco-friendly household. For more information about living green in Kern River Valley, see the KRV Revitalization Home Page.

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Nonfiction Books

Go Green, Live Rich: 50 Simple Ways to Save the Earth and Get Rich Trying book cover
Author:  David Bach
Title:  Go Green, Live Rich: 50 Simple Ways to Save the Earth and Get Rich Trying

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 book cover
Author:  Sloan Barnett
Title:  Green Goes with Everything

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 book cover
Author:  Ed Begley, Jr.
Title:  Living Like Ed

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 book cover
Author:  John Bower
Title:  The Healthy House : How to Buy One, How to Build One, How to Cure a Sick One

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 book cover
Author:  Alan Bridgewater
Title:  The Self Sufficiency Handbook: A Complete Guide to Greener Living

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 book cover
Author:  Debra Dadd-Redalia
Title:  Nontoxic, Natural, & Earthwise: How to Protect Yourself and Your Family from Harmful Products and Live in Harmony with the Earth "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 book cover
Author:  Debra Dadd-Redalia
Title:  The Nontoxic Home & Office: Protecting Yourself and Your Family from Everyday Toxics and Health Hazards "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 book cover
Author:  E Magazine
Title:  Green Living: The E Magazine Handbook for Living Lightly on the Earth

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 book cover
Author:  Rex Ewing and Doug Pratt
Title:  Got Sun? Go Solar:Get Free Renewable Energy to Power Your Grid-Tied Home

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 book cover
Author:  Rex A. Ewing
Title:  Power with Nature

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 book cover
Author:  Lynda Fassa
Title:  Green Babies, Sage Moms: The Ultimate Guide to Raising Your Organic Baby

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 book cover
Author:  John Francis
Title:  Planetwalker: 22 Years of Walking, 17 Years of Silence

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 book cover
Author:  Eric Freed
Title:  Green Building and Remodeling for Dummies

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 book cover
Author:  Julie Gabriel
Title:  The Green Beauty Guide: Your Essential Resource to Organic and Natural Skin Care, Hair Care, Makeup, and Fragrances

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 book cover
Author:  Christopher Gavigan
Title:  Healthy Child, Healthy World: Creating a Cleaner, Greener, Safer Home

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 book cover
Author:  Sheherazade Goldsmith
Title:  A Greener Christmas

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 book cover
Author:  Michael Grosvenor
Title:  Sustainable Living for Dummies

Barnes & Noble: "Fun and easy ways to help protect the environment–every day."


The Green Book of Household Hints book cover
Author:  Marjorie Harris
Title:  The Green Book of Household Hints: Keeping an Efficient and Ecologically Sound Home

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 book cover
Author:  Kate L. Harrison
Title:  The Green Bride Guide: How to Create an Earth-Friendly Wedding on Any Budget

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 book cover
Author:  Stephen Hren & Rebekah Hren
Title:  The Carbon-Free Home: 36 Remodeling Projects to Help Kick the Fossil Fuel Habit

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 book cover
Author:  Yvonne Jeffery
Title:  Green Living for Dummies

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 book cover
Author:  James Kachadorian
Title:  The Passive Solar House

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 book cover
Author:  Gary Keller
Title:  Green Your Home

Barnes & Noble: "Save money and build home equity with a sustainable, ecologically sound home."


The New Consumers book cover
Author:  Norman Myers and Jennifer Kent
Title:  The New Consumers: the Influence of Affluence on the Environment

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 book cover
Author:  National Trust, London
Title:  How to “Cook” Compost: Making and Using Compost

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 book cover
Author:  Kim McKay and Jenny Bonnin
Title:  True Green: 100 Everyday Ways You Can Contribute to a Healthier Planet

Presents 100 strategies for safeguarding the environment.


True Green @ Work book cover
Author:  Kim McKay and Jenny Bonnin
Title:  True Green @ Work: 100 Ways You Can Make the Environment Your Business

Presents 100 strategies for safeguarding the environment.


The Complete Idiot's Guide to Hybrid and Alternative Fuel Vehicles book cover
Author:  Jack R. Nerad
Title:  The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Hybrid and Alternative Fuel Vehicles "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 book cover
Author:  Ron Nielsen
Title:  The Little Green Handbook: Seven Trends Shaping the Future of Our Planet

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 book cover
Author:  Doug Oster
Title:  Grow Organic

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


The Complete Compost Gardening Guide book cover
Author:  Barbara Pleasant
Title:  The Complete Compost Gardening Guide

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


Organic Baby book cover
Author:  Kimberly Rider
Title:  Organic Baby: Simple Steps for Healthy Living

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 book cover
Author:  Elizabeth Rogers
Title:  The Green Book: the Everyday Guide to Saving the Planet One Simple Step at a Time

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 book cover
Author:  Karyn Siegel-Maier
Title:  The Naturally Clean Home, 2nd edition

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 book cover
Author:  Linda Sivertsen and Tosh Sivertsen
Title:  Generation Green: the Ultimate Teen Guide to Living an Eco-Friendly Life

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 book cover
Author:  Sara Snow
Title:  Sara Snow’s Fresh Living: the Essential Room-by-Room Guide to a Greener, Healthier Family and Home

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 book cover
Author:  Sophie Uliano
Title:  Gorgeously Green: 8 Simple Steps to an Earth-Friendly Life

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 book cover
Author:  John D. Wagner
Title:  Green Remodeling: Your Start Toward an Eco-Friendly Home "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."


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Children's Books

Endangered Planet book cover
Author:  David Burnie
Title:  Endangered Planet

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


The Environment in the News book cover
Author:  Yael Calhoun
Title:  The Environment in the News

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


Green Power book cover
Author:  David Jefferis
Title:  Green Power: Eco-Energy Without Pollution

Examines ocean power, solar heating, and solar and wind turbines.


Organic Crafts book cover
Author:  Kimberly Monaghan
Title:  Organic Crafts: 75 Earth Friendly Art Activities

Learn with fun-filled craft activities about reusing, reducing, and recycling.


From Windmills to Hydrogen Fuel Cells book cover
Author:  Sally Morgan
Title:  From Windmills to Hydrogen Fuel Cells: Discovering Alternate Energy

"Discusses alternatives to traditional energy sources that contribute to global warming and that are increasingly scarce."-- From source other than the Library of Congress


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The 11th Hour video cover
Author:  Produced and Narrated by Leonardo DeCaprio, written and directed by Leila Conners Petersen and Nadia Conners. Warner Home Video, 2008.  124 min.  Rated PG.
Title:  The 11th Hour

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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