Books

Interested in learning more about environmentally friendly architecture, design, and technology?  Browse through Modern Enviro’s “Recommended Reading” list below.  And if you’d like to suggest other outstanding books we can feature, please let us know!

 

Green Interior Design

Smart design and environmentally friendly homes are a match made in heaven.  With Green Interior Design, author Lori Dennis offers clear, practical advice for transforming your house into a modern, stylish, and healthy home.

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Sustainable Energy – Without The Hot Air

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Through real-world case studies and concrete lifestyle advice, Sustainable Energy – Without The Hot Air provides a no-nonsense look at the world’s energy future. Nuclear power and other alternative energy sources are examined, and author David MacKay looks at whether any fossil fuels can be considered truly sustainable.

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Solar Water Heating

Solar Water Heating by Bob Ramlow

Utilizing a solar water heating system is one of the easiest ways to give a home a major energy efficiency overhaul.  Solar Water Heating: A Comprehensive Guide to Solar Water and Space Heating Systems by Bob Ramlow offers a solid introduction to the different types of technologies available, and it’s a great resource for homeowners who are considering a solar hot water system.

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Xeriscaping: The Dry Gardening Handbook

The Dry Gardening Handbook: Plants and Practices for a Changing Climate

Xeriscaping is a resource-friendly and convenient way to reduce water usage and enjoy beautiful landscaping.  Olivier Filippi’s guide to drought-tolerant and low-water-use planting, The Dry Gardening Handbook: Plants and Practices for a Changing Climate, is a practical and user-friendly resource.

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Finally – Outcome Measurement Strategies Anyone Can Understand

Finally - Outcome Measurement Strategies Anyone Can Understand

Besides seeking ways to make their own homes a little “greener”, many of our readers are also involved with grassroots programs and nonprofit organizations that strive to help communities reduce their larger environmental footprint.  Whether you’re organizing a local recycling program or promoting nationwide energy guidelines, Finally – Outcome Measurement Strategies Anyone Can Understand is a guidebook to help your organization increase the effectiveness of its programs.

Author Laurel A. Molloy is the founder of nonprofit consulting firm Innovations Quantified.  You can find the guidebook at Amazon for $29.99.

 

The Boy Who Harnessed The Wind:  Creating Currents Of Electricity And Hope

The Boy Who Harnessed The Wind, William Kamkwamba

William Kamkwamba’s journey is an absolutely fascinating read.  His path from teenager in his famine-stricken homeland of Malawi, to college student and international spokesman for education and sustainable energy sources, is a compelling and uplifting story.

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The Sustainable Building Bible

The Sustainable Building Bible by Tim Pullen

The Sustainable Building Bible is a resource created by Tim Pullen, a UK-based sustainable building consultant. It covers big-picture considerations such as green design trends and choosing sustainable materials, as well as helping readers learn about specific issues like draft-proofing and water conservation.

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Green from the Ground Up: Sustainable, Healthy, and Energy-Efficient Home Construction

Green from the Ground Up: Sustainable, Healthy, and Energy-Efficient Home Construction (Builder's Guide) by David Johnston

It’s one thing to select an energy efficient appliance or a low-flow water fixture – but where do you start when you want to create an entire green home? David Johnston’s Green from the Ground Up: Sustainable, Healthy, and Energy-Efficient Home Construction is a great place to begin, with practical tips on a wide range of eco-friendly building materials and techniques.

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