Go green and make it your mission to do something good for our planet. Need some inspiration? Here's a selection of some green books that will help you save our world- one step at a time.

Green Lifestyle

Off the Grid Homes: Case Studies for Sustainable Living

Lori Ryker

Off the Grid Homes by Lori Ryker

Our overdependence on fossil fuels for virtually all energy needs and our overuse of other resources have come with serious side effects. Nowhere is this reality more apparent than in our homes. In Off the Grid Homes, architect Lori Ryker addresses these issues in a straightforward and understandable way.

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Green Housekeeping

Ellen Sandbeck

Green Housekeeping by Ellen Sandbeck

Learn to live in a clean, healthy, more economical -- and Earth-friendly -- way with Ellen Sandbeck's Green Housekeeping, the must-have book for the twenty-first-century home. You will learn to maintain every part of your home -- from living room to septic tank, kitchen floor to bathroom sink.

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True Green

Kim McKay

True Green by Kim McKay

True Green explores six key areas where small changes can make a big difference: In the Home; In the Garden; At Work; Shopping; Travel; and In the Community. Dozens of illustrated spreads provide positive, practical, simple-to-implement tips and a summary of their environmental contribution.

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The Lazy Environmentalist

Josh Dorfman

The Lazy Environmentalist by Josh Dorfman

In The Lazy Environmentalist, Josh Dorfman—host of the Sirius Satellite Radio program of the same name—provides comprehensive guidance to fashion-forward consumers who are as concerned about the long-term health of our planet as they are about the design of their bathroom fixtures.

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Classic Environmentalism

Silent Spring

Rachel Carson

Silent Spring by Rachel Carson

Rarely does a single book alter the course of history, but Rachel Carson's Silent Spring did exactly that. The outcry that followed its publication in 1962 forced the government to ban DDT and spurred revolutionary changes in the laws affecting our air, land, and water. Carson's book was instrumental in launching the environmental movement.

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A Sand County Almanac

Aldo Leopold

A Sand County Almanac by Aldo Leopold

First published in 1949 and praised in The New York Times Book Review as "a trenchant book, full of vigor and bite," A Sand County Almanac combines some of the finest nature writing since Thoreau with an outspoken and highly ethical regard for America's relationship to the land.

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Walden

Henry David Thoreau

Walden by Henry David Thoreau

Walden is the classic account of two years spent by Henry David Thoreau living at Walden Pond near Concord, Massachusetts. The story is detailed in its accounts of Thoreau's day-to-day activities, observations, and undertakings to survive out in the wilderness for two years.

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The Yosemite

John Muir

The Yosemite by John Muir

In this nature-writing classic, John Muir eloquently portrays the valley he called his “marvelous wonderland,” providing detailed descriptions of its flora, fauna, and natural features. He demonstrates a rare ability to portray both scenic splendors and moments of pulse-pounding excitement.

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Sustainable Eating

The 100-Mile Diet: A Year of Local Eating

Alisa Smith

The 100-Mile Diet by Alisa Smith

When Alisa Smith and James MacKinnon learned that the average ingredient in a North American meal travels 1,500 miles from farm to plate, they decided to launch a simple experiment to reconnect with the people and places that produced what they ate.

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Animal, Vegetable, Miracle

Barbara Kingslover

Animal, Vegetable, Miracle by Barbara Kingsolver

Barbara Kingsolver and her family sweep readers along on their journey away from the industrial-food pipeline to a rural life in which they vow to buy only food raised in their own neighborhood, grow it themselves, or learn to live without it.

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Slow Food Nation: A Blueprint for Changing the Way We Eat

Carlo Petrini

Slow Food Nation by Carlo Petrini

The three central principles of the Slow Food plan are these: food must be sustainably produced in ways that are sensitive to the environment, those who produce the food must be fairly treated, and the food must be healthful and delicious.

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To Buy or Not to Buy Organic

Cindy Burke

To Buy or Not to Buy Organic by Cindy Burke

"Organic food can be so expensive and difficult to find that I always wondered if I was spending my money wisely. I decided to become informed, really informed, about the options — organic, conventional, local, sustainable — so that I could choose the healthiest, safest food available."

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