Readings on Sustainability
One of the ways in which we can help our overburdened planet is by integrating sustainable practices into our lives. Sustainability is “the physical development and institutional operating practices that meet the needs of present users without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs, particularly with regard to use and waste of natural resources. Sustainability presumes that resources are finite, and should be used conservatively and wisely with a view to long-term priorities and consequences of the ways in which resources are used.”
Sustainability made simple by Rosaly Byrd, 2017 338.927 BYR
After an introduction to sustainability and a rundown of the big issues, Byrd offers a number of relatively easy to implement ways to lessen our carbon footprint, organized by space: where in the house, at school or work, at holidays and parties, and traveling.
A $500 house in Detroit : rebuilding an abandoned home and an American city by Drew Philp, 2017 307.34 PHI
After his bid of $500 on a house in a devastated Detroit neighborhood is accepted, Philp undertakes most of the refurbishing of the house by himself, moving slowly in keeping with his modest cash flow, making friends and becoming a good neighbor. Along with a very personal journey, the reader is asked to contemplate what it means to genuinely rejuvenate, and not just gentrify, neighborhoods that after all are parts of living, breathing communities.
DIY Solar projects: updated edition by Smith, Schmidt and Wanek, 2017 644 Smi
For the truly ambitious and competent do-it-yourselfer, here are instructions for mounting solar modules to provide heat and electricity, for permanent/stationary and mobile/camping use.
Homegrown pantry: a gardener’s guide to selecting the best varieties & planting the perfect amounts for what you want to eat year-round by Barbara Pleasant 635 Ple
Growing your own organic food is one of the most planet-friendly changes you can make. Improving your diet, and enjoying fresh food straight from the ground are additional benefits. Pleasant lists the best fruits, vegetables and herbs you can grow and preserve yourself.
Compiled by Ina Rimpau