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The Green Book: The Everyday Guide to Saving the Planet One Simple Step at a Time

The Green Book: The Everyday Guide to Saving the Planet One Simple Step at a Time



  • Elizabeth Rogers
  • Thomas M. Kostigen


  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Three Rivers Press (June 19, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0307381358
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307381354
  • Product Dimensions: 10.4 x 6.8 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces


Book Description

Ellen DeGeneres, Robert Redford, Will Ferrell, Jennifer Aniston, Faith Hill, Tim McGraw, Martha Stewart, Tyra Banks, Dale Earnhardt, Jr., Tiki Barber, Owen Wilson, and Justin Timberlake tell you how they make a difference to the environment.

Inside The Green Book, find out how you can too:
– Don’t ask for ATM receipts. If everyone in the United States refused their receipts, it would save a roll of paper more than two billion feet long, or enough to circle the equator fifteen times!
– Turn off the tap while you brush your teeth. You’ll conserve up to five gallons of water per day. Throughout the entire United States, the daily savings could add up to more water than is consumed every day in all of New York City.
– Get a voice-mail service for your home phone. If all answering machines in U.S. homes were replaced by voice-mail services, the annual energy savings would total nearly two billion kilowatt hours. The resulting reduction in air pollution would be equivalent to removing 250,000 cars from the road for a year!

With wit and authority, authors Elizabeth Rogers and Thomas Kostigen provide hundreds of solutions for all areas of your life, pinpointing the smallest changes that have the biggest impact on the health of our precious planet.



Practical, Fascinating and Optimistic, June 22, 2007

This is great execution of a fantastic idea. It’s non preachy and illustrates the million little things we can do to be greener without any real inconvenience. While it is a practical / how-to kind of a book, it also supports it’s suggestions with statistics that are reminiscent of Freakonomics (or an even better book called Naked Economics by Charles Wheelan). Who would have known that if all vinyl floors were made of linoleum instead, we would have saved 600,000 barrels of oil?

There are 50 pages of web-site references, indexed by product and a well executed index for quick reference. The topics are broken down into bite sized pieces and the book just begs to be picked up again and again.

Even the celebrity comments are interesting and well written. Jennifer Aniston doesn’t display an ounce of sanctimony when she points out that all we have to do is think about our consumption, and new, greener habits will develop. "If we all begin to learn from one another and sharesome of the things we do, we might just be able to affect the world for the better though these little rituals. In a curious way, this would be a great wave of awareness; doing the right thing without being told to or without having to think why."  

Stays true to its vision of serving as the go-to, accessible, reason-based green guide, July 31, 2007

The power of The Green Book lies in its strict adherence to its vision: to make a practical, accessible guide for the average consumer to live a little more greenly, one day at a time. The Green Book is not revolutionary in the scientific concepts or practical advice presented. The strength is that all these tips are collected together in a small book, with the rationale behind each idea. Yes, you could probably dig up all this information elsewhere on the Internet, but who would want to?

I just read an energy saving "tip" on my electric company’s website saying that a mom fed her kids off paper plates for the whole summer to save energy running the dishwasher. So she saved water and electricity at the cost of trees, landfill space, and manufacturing waste? When that’s the quality of information you can find for free on the Internet, I’ll pay $10 for a well-written, well-researched, and heavily endorsed green guide.

This is the guide for everyone who liked the concept of the July 2007 Live Earth concerts and wants to start taking one step at a time to live a greener life. If you can’t afford a Prius or retrofit your home with solar panels, look no further. You still can make a dent in your energy footprint, and without becoming obsessive about the topic. The Green Guide will make you cognizant of what your shower, air conditioning, computer use, and buying habits do to the environment and the power of small changes if enough people adopt them.

The book is structured into chapters on the functional areas where you can apply tips: at home, work, school, while traveling, while shopping, and so on. The tips apply not just to saving Mother Earth, but to keeping our own bodies healthy (bicycling outside when you have the least exposure to smog, not using plastic containers to avoid chemical leaching). The Green Book made me think in new ways about environmental consciousness. Buying local made toys saves petroleum that would have been used to ship them across the Pacific from Asian countries. If you are going to buy a non-replantable Christmas tree, go for a live one instead of an artificial ones, because the artificial ones have a short 6 year-life span and end up in landfills with their PVC and lead waste. Paper or plastic? Go for paper, because they baggers will fill more groceries per bag, and paper has a better chance of being recycled.

The Green Book is complete with an exhaustive guide to online references for more information.