Sustainable Living

We all care about the environment in which we live. This Board provides suggestions of books that look at how to live a greener, more sustainable life, from how we clean, how make-up is purchased, how we sew, how we remodel, and commute -- all with sustainability in mind. This is a wee catalogue of serious, and not-so serious, suggestions for how we can all 'go green'! All available at the North Vancouver City Library (and maybe yours too).
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Barber proposes Americans should move to the "third plate," a cuisine rooted in seasonal productivity, natural livestock rhythms, whole-grains, and small portions of free-range meat.

The Third Plate - Dan Barber : connecting the food on your plate with sustainable agriculture

Breaking the street into its component parts, Streetfight demonstrates, with step-by-step visuals, how to rewrite the underlying 'source code' of a street, with pointers on how to add protected bike paths, improve crosswalk space, and provide visual cues to reduce speeding.

Streetfight: Handbook for an Urban Revolution Viking Pr

Climate change is the greatest challenge facing humanity: drastic reduction of carbon emissions is vital if we are to avoid a catastrophe that devastates large parts of the world. Governments and businesses have been slow to act and individuals now need to take the lead.

How to Live a Low-Carbon Life: The Individual's Guide to Stopping Climate Change, a book by Chris Goodall

"Provides tips, advice and detailed instructions on how to improve everyday life from an environmental and organic perspective while keeping the focus on the family"--From back cover.

"Provides tips, advice and detailed instructions on how to improve everyday life from an environmental and organic perspective while keeping the focus on the family"--From back cover.

Throwing a block party? Creating a community garden? Building a playground? Helping an ailing neighbor with a food circle? Jill Doucette, founder of Synergy which works to catalyze the green economy, helps you strengthen your community with sustainable ideas to environmentally improve where you live.

Throwing a block party? Creating a community garden? Building a playground? Helping an ailing neighbor with a food circle? Jill Doucette, founder of Synergy which works to catalyze the green economy, helps you strengthen your community with sustainable ideas to environmentally improve where you live.

The Right to Be Cold is a human story of resilience, commitment, and survival told from the unique vantage point of an Inuk woman who, in spite of many obstacles, rose from humble beginnings in the Arctic community of Kuujjuaq, Quebec--where she was raised by a single parent and grandmother and travelled by dog team in a traditional, ice-based Inuit hunting culture--to become one of the most influential and decorated environmental, cultural, and human rights advocates in the world.

The Right to Be Cold: One Woman's Story of Protecting Her Culture, the Arctic, and the Whole Planet - Sheila Watt-Cloutier

If you'd like to grow your own food but don't think you have the space, look up! In urban and suburban areas across the country, farms and gardens are growing atop the rooftops of residential and commercial buildings.

The Rooftop Growing Guide: How to Transform Your Roof into a Vegetable Garden or Farm by Annie Novak Rooftop gardening is not a thing I have a venue for at present, but the concept is very interest…

A lavish, full-color guidebook showcasing the most up-to-date innovations and latest trends in efficient and successful small space design.

A lavish, full-color guidebook showcasing the most up-to-date innovations and latest trends in efficient and successful small space design.

When Eric Toensmeier and Jonathan Bates moved into a duplex in Massachusetts, the tenth-of-an-acre lot was barren ground and bad soil, peppered with broken pieces of concrete, asphalt, and brick. The two friends got to work designing what would become not just another urban farm, but a "permaculture paradise" replete with perennial broccoli, paw paws, bananas, and moringa - all told, more than two hundred low-maintenance edible plants in an innovative food forest on a small city lot.

Paradise Lot Two Plant Geeks, One-tenth of An Acre and the Making of An Edible Garden Oasis in the City by Eric Toensmeier

Once, Tammy Strobel and her husband were living a normal middle-class lifestyle: driving two cars, commuting long distances, and living well beyond their means. Now they are living the voluntary downsizing -- or smart-sizing -- dream.

Once, Tammy Strobel and her husband were living a normal middle-class lifestyle: driving two cars, commuting long distances, and living well beyond their means. Now they are living the voluntary downsizing -- or smart-sizing -- dream.

"it is a series of hard-hitting essays by a diverse collection of writers that wraps its arms around everything from simplicity to climate change to economic metrics to happiness. I approached each chapter (each new writer) with skepticism and a willingness to put the book down, and I found my self delighted time after time. This is a book anyone would be glad to have on their shelf." - Lyle Estill

Less is More Embracing Simplicity for a Healthy Planet, a Caring Economy and Lasting Happiness by Cecile Andrews & Wanda Urbanska

Use it up, wear it out, make it do, or do without--our grandmothers knew the importance of responsible, thrifty choices.

Ecothrifty: Cheaper, Greener Choices for a Happier, Healthier Life by Deborah Niemann. When eco met thrifty - how saving money can help save the planet

Only a farmer could delve so deeply into the origins of food, and only a writer of Wendell Berry's caliber could convey it with such conviction and eloquence.

Only a farmer could delve so deeply into the origins of food, and only a writer of Wendell Berry's caliber could convey it with such conviction and eloquence.

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