Recycling Resources



    • Composting
      Flowerdew, Bob

      Provides advice on organic-gardening techniques that make use of homemade compost, and explains how to locate, build, and stock a compost bin.


    • Decarbonising Cities : Mainstreaming Low Carbon Urban Development
      Rauland, Vanessa

      This book sets out some positive directions to move forward including government policy and regulatory options, an innovative GRID (Greening, Regenerative, Improvement Districts) scheme that can assist with funding and management, and the first steps towards an innovative carbon credit scheme for the built environment. Decarbonising cities is a global agenda with huge significance for the future of urban civilisation. Global demonstrations have shown that technology and design issues are largely solved. However, the mainstreaming of low carbon urban development, particularly at the precinct scale, currently lacks sufficient: standards for measuring carbon covering operational, embodied and transport emissions; assessment and decision-making tools to assist in design options; certifying processes for carbon neutrality within the built environment; and accreditation processes for enabling carbon credits to be generated from precinct-wide urban development. Numerous barriers are currently hindering greater adoption of high performance, low carbon developments, many of which relate to implementation and governance. How to enable and manage precinct-scale renewables and other low carbon technologies within an urban setting is a particular challenge.



    • Garbage And Recycling
      “Garbage and Recycling: Is Garbage a Serious Problem?; Is Recycling Effective?; Is Toxic Waste Disposal a Serious Problem?; What Strategies Will Help Reduce Waste and Save Money?”–

    • Going Green
      Presents a history of the environmental movement and debates aspects of the green lifestyle.

    • Good Green Jobs In A Global Economy : Making And Keeping New Industries In The United States
      Hess, David J

      After describing federal green energy initiatives in the first two years of the Obama administration, Hess turns his attention to the state and local levels, examining demand-side and supply-side support for green industry and local small business. He analyzes the successes and failures of green coalitions and the partisan patterns of support for green energy reform. This new piecemeal green industrial policy, Hess argues, signals a fundamental challenge to anti-interventionist beliefs about the relationship between the government and the economy.”– publisher description.


    • Junkyard Planet : Travels In The Billion Dollar Trash Trade
      Minter, Adam

      “When you drop your Diet Coke can or yesterday’s newspaper in the recycling bin, where does it go? Probably halfway around the world, to people and places that clean up what you don’t want and turn it into something you can’t wait to buy. In Junkyard Planet, Adam Minter–veteran journalist and son of an American junkyard owner–travels deeply into a vast, often hidden, multibillion-dollar industry that’s transforming our economy and environment”–Dust jacket flap.


    • Outsmart Waste : The Modern Idea Of Garbage And How To Think Our Way Out Of It
      Szaky, Tom

      “Garbage doesn’t exist in nature–the output of one organism is the useful input of another. So why does garbage exist in the human system? Why did it only become a problem the past century? And most importantly, how can we eliminate it–outsmart the very idea of garbage? Eco-entrepreneur Tom Szaky says that to outsmart waste first we have to understand it, then change how we create it, and finally rethink what we do with it. He traces the roots of our current garbage crisis to 20th century technological advances that resulted in historic changes in consuming habits–both the amount of garbage created and its longevity increased dramatically. Szaky argues we can turn this around by changing what we buy, when we buy, why we buy, and what we do with what we’ve bought. And through innovative recycling and creative “upcycling” (creating new products from discarded objects) we can stop seeing garbage as useless waste and start seeing it as useful waste–a tremendous volume of resources that are simply misunderstood. After reading this mind-expanding book you will never think of garbage the same way again”–


    • Recycling Projects For The Evil Genius
      Gehrke, Russel

      This guide explains how to create a variety of practical, environmentally friendly items you can use for yourself or resell for profit. It is filled with detailed directions on how to successfully complete each green project and discusses important safety issues. Using easy-to-find components and tools, this do-it-yourself book shows how to brew up green cleaners, transform all types of paper into building materials, safety rid your home and yard of pests, and much more, all on the cheap! Features include: step-by-step instructions and illustrations; Covers essential safety measures; Reveals the scientific principles behind the projects; Removes the frustration factor, all required parts are listed, along with sources.



    • The Environment
      Evans, Kim Masters

      Examines the steps that have been taken to protect Earth’s natural environment and the controversies that surround them.



    • The Green Movement
      Parks, Peggy J

      Discusses the green movement and its effect on environmental policy.


    • The Guide To Greening Cities
      Johnston, Sadhu Aufochs Nicholas Steven S Parzen Julia

      “Superstorm Sandy sent a strong message that a new generation of urban development and infrastructure is desperately needed, and it must be designed with resilience in mind. As cities continue to face climate change impacts while growing in population, they find themselves at the center of resilience and green city solutions, yet political and budgetary obstacles threaten even the best-planned initiatives. In The Guide to Greening Cities, seasoned green city leaders Sadhu Johnston, Steven Nicholas, and Julia Parzen use success stories from across North America to show how to turn a green city agenda into reality. The Guide to Greening Cities is the first book written from the perspective of municipal leaders with successful, on-the-ground experience working to advance green city goals. Through personal reflections and interviews with leading municipal staff in cities from San Antonio to Minneapolis, the authors share lessons for cities to lead by example in their operations, create programs, implement high-priority initiatives, develop partnerships, measure progress, secure funding, and engage the community. Case studies and chapters highlight strategies for overcoming common challenges such as changes of leadership and fiscal austerity. The book is augmented by a companion website, launching with the publication of the book, which offers video interviews of municipal leaders, additional case studies, and other resources. Rich in tools, insights, and tricks of the trade, The Guide to Greening Cities helps professionals, policymakers, community leaders, and students understand which approaches have worked and why and demonstrates multidisciplinary solutions for creating healthy, just, and green communities. “–



    • The Recycling Myth : Disruptive Innovation To Improve The Environment
      Buffington, Jack

      “The recycling myth is the perspective that is preached by industry, government, advocacy groups and even consumers that if we all do our part and recycle, this problem of litter and packaging waste can be eliminated. The goal of this book is an awakening that we must do a lot more than collect a beverage container to solve the problem of waste; we must enable an innovation engine toward science, technology and supply chain logistics for real solutions to achieve a paradigm shift in consumer products”–


    • The Upcycle : Beyond Sustainability Designing For Abundance
      Mcdonough, William

      In this follow-up to Cradle to Cradle, the authors draw on the lessons gained from ten years of putting the Cradle to Cradle concept into practice with businesses, governments, and ordinary people and envision the next step in the solution to our ecological crisis: we don’t just use or reuse resources with greater effectiveness, we actually improve the world as we live, create, and build.





    • Waste : A Handbook For Management
      “Preface Waste: A Handbook of Waste Management is designed to be a resource for the designer, practitioner, researcher, teacher and student. Waste is one of those entities which is defined by everyone, but not truly and completely understood by anyone. The scientist, engineer and consumer each define waste correctly, yet differently. The overriding challenge for the authors was to provide some uniformity, yet allow for the diversity of the various aspects of waste in this handbook. After all, a handbook is often the beginning of the search for information, certainly not the end. We have borrowed from all scientific disciplines, and a few humanities, to arrive at a balanced resource. And, indeed, balance is the key to environmental science and engineering”–




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