Stay Green

Learn more about creating an environmentally friendly household with these items in the Library's collection.


DIY Sustainability

All You Need is Less: The Eco-friendly Guide to Guilt-free Green Living and Stress-free Simplicity

Madeleine Somerville
640.286 Som

This do-it-yourself guide encourages novices to step toward a simpler lifestyle by reducing consumption, reusing, and making everyday items at home.


Green Wizardry: Conservation, Solar Power, Organic Gardening, and Other Hands-on Skills from the Appropriate Tech Toolkit

John Michael Greer
640.286 Gre

A must-read for anyone concerned about decreasing our dependence on an overloaded industrial system and, in a world of serious energy shortages and economic troubles, making life a great deal less traumatic and more livable.


Make Garbage Great : The TerraCycle Family Guide to a Zero-Waste Lifestyle

Tom Szaky
628.445 Sza

Two ecological entrepreneurs examine the materials we use in our daily lives, show how they impact the environment, and provide project ideas—from recycling to upcycling and more—to lessen our impact and protect our world.


Permaculture for the Rest of Us : Abundant Living on Less than an Acre

Jenni Blackmore
631.58 Bla

Ideal for urban dreamers, suburbanites and country-dwellers alike, this inspirational and instructional "encouragement manual" is packed with vibrant photographs documenting the author's journey from adversity to abundance.


Practical Projects for Self-sufficiency : DIY Projects to Get Your Self-reliant Lifestyle Started

Chris Peterson
640 Pet

Where most self-sufficiency books give you lots of words and a couple of small drawings, this one shows you exactly how to do things, employing beautiful photos and complete plans. Projects are organized into four categories: Food Prep & Preservation, Homestead, Garden, and Animals.


Sustainable Housing

Green Home Building : Money-saving Strategies for an Affordable, Healthy, High-performance Home

Miki Cook
Indiana Digital Media (Overdrive)

Written for anyone who has ever been swayed by the argument that the price tag limits how green a home can be, Green Home Building is a must-read for builders, contractors, architects, designers, and homeowners.


Green Eating

Growing Tomorrow : a Farm-to-table Journey in Photos and Recipes. Behind the Scenes with 18 Extraordinary Sustainable Farmers Who Are Changing the Way We Eat

Forrest Pritchard
338.1 Pri

With more than 100 engaging photos and 50 mouthwatering recipes, Growing Tomorrow is both a farm-inspired cookbook and an enlightening homage to the people who provide us with delicious, fresh food—and ensure that it will be there tomorrow, too.


The Hands-on home : a Seasonal Guide to Cooking, Preserving & Natural Homekeeping

Erica Strauss
640.286 Str

For those yearning to live a more ecologically minded, grounded lifestyle, this book is full of practical, no-nonsense advice, fabulous recipes, and time- and money-saving techniques.


Homestead Kitchen: From Our Hearth to Yours

Eve and Eivin Kilcher
641.302 Kil

The first cookbook from homesteaders and co-stars of Discovery's Alaska: The Last Frontier features appealing recipes for anyone looking to live more sustainably, healthfully, and independently, regardless of where and what they call home.



Karney Hatch, director
Hoopla Digital

Explores the zeitgeist of urban farming around the world, from Havana, Cuba to communities of urban farmers in cities as diverse as Shanghai, Calcutta, Addis Ababa, London, and Lima.


Sustainable Agriculture

Lisa Owings
631.5 Owi

Presents a history of agriculture, discusses how industrial agriculture is harmful to the environment, and describes strides being made toward sustainability.


Saving Energy

The Renewable Energy Home Handbook

Lindsay Porter
621.042 Por

Covers the installation of all leading types of alternative domestic energy sources—from ground- and air-source heat pumps, PV solar electricity generation and solar water heating, to bio-mass heating systems and wind turbines.


Stanley Home Energy Savings

David Toht
696 Toh

A concise, highly visual ready reference to the most common energy-savings projects that homeowners can tackle themselves.


Green Communities

This Changes Everything

Avi Lewis, director
DVD 363.73874 Thi

An epic attempt to re-imagine the vast challenge of climate change, this documentary film presents seven powerful portraits of communities on the front lines, from Montana's Powder River Basin to the Alberta Tar Sands, from the coast of South India to Beijing and beyond.


Two Percent Solutions for the Planet

Courtney White
363.706 Whi

Profiles fifty innovative practices that soak up carbon dioxide in soils, reduce energy use, sustainably intensify food production, and increase water quality.