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Modern Sustainable Residential Design

Purchase Now - Modern Sustainable Residential DesignBooks and articles celebrating sustainable or green residential design have become commonplace. This book is different. It not only explores the fundamental design principles of sustainable homes, it provides a practical guide to implementing them. The guide outlines solutions for incorporating sustainable aspects into a home design from conceptualization to implementation. Detailed design analyses range from groundbreaking contemporary buildings such as Pugh + Scarpa's Solar Umbrella House to Ray Kappe's LivingHome, illuminating some of the most innovative sustainable strategies in the United States and abroad.

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Book Review: Andrew Winston's Green Recovery

Purchase Now - Green RecoveryGet Lean, Get Smart, and Emerge from the Downturn on Top

“Hunker down and play it safe” seems to be the mantra of many recession-battered companies, as they cut back on people, payrolls and purchases of non-essentials. Unfortunately, many of the green programs that may have gotten funded in good times are now finding themselves in this “non-essential” category. That’s exactly the wrong approach, argues Andrew Winston, the green business evangelist, in his new book Green Recovery, a follow-up to his 2006 Green to Gold.

In Green Recovery, Winston offers a compelling case for why the recession is the perfect time to use a green strategy to get lean, get smart and innovate your way forward. With success stories from industry leaders as examples – companies like Boeing, Disney, DuPont, Microsoft, Procter & Gamble, Toyota, and Wal-Mart – the book offers a four-point roadmap for using green initiatives to drive business performance during the downturn:

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Green Your Work

Purchase now - Green Your Workby Kim Carlson

Green Your Work Boost Your Bottom Line While Reducing Your Eco-Footprint (Adams 2008) by eco-preneur and green lifestyle expert, Kim Carlson, reviews the range of short, medium and long-term solutions to greening the workplace as a means towards reducing operating costs, fostering happy employees, cultivating business ethics and ultimately increasing revenues and profitability.

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Our Father's World: Mobilizing the Church to Care for Creation

by Edward R. Brown

This book, given to me by Mother who just thought it looked good, is a surprisingly deep, thoughtful, first step introduction to Creation Care. Part Biblical outline and part community-centered manifesto, Our Father's World covers all aspects of creation care and in 180 pages to boot.

A must read for anyone looking for an outline of biblical scripture leading to a creation care dialogue. The community service side is not only for people of faith but for anyone looking for ways to start thinking differently of how to walk with a lighter footprint and organize community.

Fast Food Nation

Fast Food Nationby Eric Schlosser

Be prepared to never eat beef again. For us Southerners who eat chicken morning, noon and night, maybe not such a big deal and thankfully we are given a pass on the ins and outs of the dark side of the chicken industry but for beef lovers out there this book takes on the stomach churning journey of what has happened to America's beef industry. It's not a pretty picture. In fact it's a sad, sad tale of what happens to wonderful beginnings that take a turn into the land of corporate greed, animal cruelty and human degradation.

This book also covers the birth of McDonald's and it's rise to stardom and shall we say it's own over sucess? Makes me happy we have folks like White Oak Pastures around. That's beef we can all be proud of.

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