Environmental education lending library


We offer a large selection of books available for check-out at no cost - grouped by audience target and topic in the list below.

Worms and Composting
K - 6th Grades
Class Worms
Author: Harriet Ziefert
Age: 8 and up
Summary: Mr. Bunsen has brought in a surprise for his class today: a cooler full of worms! They seem slimy and gross at first, but soon the whole class finds out that worms are not so bad after all – in fact, they are pretty cool!

Compost By Gosh!
Author Michelle Eva Portman.
Age: 4 - 8
Summary: A fun look at worm composting from a child’s point of view.

Compost Critters
Author: Bianca Lavies
Age: 6 - 12
Summary: An informative text and photographs of rare moments of nature’s recyclers in their compost comings and goings.

Compost! Growing Gardens from your Garbage
Author: Linda Glaser
Age: 4 - 8
Summary: A delightful, down-to-earth look at composting, emphasizing how kids can contribute to, and reap the benefits of, helping nature recycle.

Food and Garden Waste
Author: Kate Walker
Age: 4 - 8
Summary: Read about where food and garden waste comes from, how food and garden waste is recycled, and how we can reduce food waste.

The Lifecycle of an Earthworm
Author: Bobbie Kalman
Age: 9 - 12
Summary: Entire coverage of the lifecycle of an earth worm, with colorful pictures and great diagrams. A great book for any child interested in those squiggly little creatures.

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle: Food
Author: Alexandra Fix
Age: 5 - 9
Summary: An introduction for young children to how food gets from the farm to our tables, how it can be recycled and the benefits from buying locally.

Squirmy Wormy Composters
Authors: Bobbie Kalman and Janine Schaub
Age: 9 - 12
Summary: Everything you need to know about worms and worm composting written in easy-to read yet informative style, with great photographs and illustrations.

Winnie Finn, Worm Farmer
Author: Carol Brendler
Age: 4 and up
Summary: Winnie Finn is crazy about earthworms and knows everything about them. When spring arrives in Quincy County, all she can think about is the county fair coming up. This year, she would like nothing more than to win a prize for her worms so that she might buy a shiny new wagon for transporting them around.

Author: Michael Elsohn Ross.
Age: 4 - 8
Summary: Wormlogy is the study of worms. This book helps readers get to know these mysterious creatures. You will learn about worms through simple, entertaining activities.
High School and Adult
Backyard Composting: Your Complete Guide to Recycling Yard Clippings
Author: Harmonious Technologies
Age: Adult
Summary: Easily readable and thorough guide to composting with everything you need to know to compost yard wastes successfully. Includes information on soil formation, different kinds of compost bins, what to compost and what not to compost and much more, with information for even those with out a yard.

The Complete Compost Gardening Guide
Authors: Barbara Pleasant and Deborah L. Martin
Age: Adult
Summary: Barbara Pleasant and Deborah L. Martin turn the compost bin upside down with their liberating system of keeping compost heaps right in the garden, rather than in some dark corner behind the garage. The compost and the plants live together from the beginning in a nourishing, organic environment.”

Compost, The Natural Way to Make Food For Your Garden
Author: Ken Thompson
Age: Adult
Summary: The most practical book that all gardeners have been waiting for, this fun and informative guide shows how to make the best compost using ingredients that are easily found around the house.

Composting, a Practical Step-By-Step Guide
Author: Victoria Heywood
Age: Adult
Summary: This pocket sized guise is a composter’s best friend. With easy to understand instructions you’ll never be lost with can it, or can it not go in.

Composting, an Easy Household Guide
Author: Nicky Scott
Age: Adult
Summary: This book provides all the needed information for successful composting even if you live in an apartment without access to a garden!

Composting To Reduce The Waste Stream
Author: Nancy Dickson, Thomas Richard and Robert Kozlowski
Age: Adult
Summary: Filled with data that shows not only why we should compost but also highlights the economic benefits to a little bit of work.

Composting, Yard and Municipal Solid Waste
Author: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Age: Adult
Summary: A useful book for all composters but especially useful to cities and towns. With data comparing state to state regulations and national regulations this book helps to inform those who are looking to set up municipal programs.

Let It Rot! The Gardener’s Guide to Composting
Author: Stu Campbell
Age: Adult
Summary: This updated edition of a standard provides full information on how to make and use all kinds of compost. By discussing both the art and science of making compost, this book removes the mystery from making mulch.

The Rodale Book of Composting
Deborah L. Martin and Grace Gershuny
Age: Adult
Summary: With easy to follow instructions for making and using compost this book is great for all levels of gardeners. It shows ways to improve you soil, grow healthier plants and create an earth safe garden using the simplest techniques.

The Urban/Suburban Composter
Authors: Mark Cullen and Lorraine Johnson
Age: Adult
Summary: "Anyone not yet converted to this satisfying, ecologically "correct" task will appreciate a delightful and thorough introduction to the methods, philosophy, and benefits of composting. City and suburban settings are addressed by Cullen and Johnson, who show the way toward reducing the kitchen and yard waste.”

The Worm Book
Authors: By Loren Nancarrow and Janet Hogan Taylor
Age: Adult
Summary: This book covers everything from how worm composting works and why it’s such a great idea to the fascinating facts of worm biology.

The Worm Café. Mid-scale Vermicomposting of Lunchroom Wastes Author: Binet Payne
Age: Adult Summary: This book is to inspire, inform, and encourage school districts to undertake mid-scale vermicomposting projects. The most powerful tool in teaching is modeling the behavior or skill desired in students.

Worms Eat My Garbage
Author: Mary Appelhof
Age: Adult
Summary: The ultimate (and entertaining) guide to worm composting! Includes everything you need to know to set up and maintain a worm composting system.

Reduce, Reuse, Recycling
K - 6th Grades
Dinosaurs To The Rescue! A Guide To Protecting Our Planet
Authors: Laurie Krasny Brown and Marc Brown.
Age: 4 - 8
Summary: Using the ever-popular dinosaur, this book teaches about the importance of not wasting resources or making unnecessary pollution. Includes information on water, electricity, cars, paper, plastic, reducing the amount of things we use, reusing materials and recycling. An upbeat and encouraging look at environmental problems and everyday solutions for young children.

Don’t Throw That Away
Author: Lara Bergen
Age: 4 and up
Summary: Follow an eco-conscious super hero as he teaches kids how to recycle and reuse common household items! The five large flaps throughout show that ordinary trash is really a treasure. From turning old clothes into fun costumes or an old box into a brand new car, kids will learn that saving the environment is super cool!

Fun With Recycling: 50 Great Things for Kids to Make from Junk
Author: Marion Elliot
Age: 9 - 12
Summary: Children will revel in the exciting and colorful activities in this series with over 50 projects and detailed photos showing just how to make those exciting crafts.

Garbage and Recycling (Young Discoverers: Environmental Facts and Experiments)
Author: Rosie Harlow and Sally Morgan
Age: 4 - 8
Summary: Explaining the difference between biodegradable and non-biodegradable garbage, this book shows how glass, metal, and wool can be easily recycled. How Can I Help? boxes give suggestions for the young environmentalist who wants to recycle at home.

Gorgeous Gifts: Use recycled materials to make cool crafts
Author: Rebecca Craig
Age: 9 - 12
Summary: “Wow friends and family with eco-conscious, cool, and highly individual gifts that cannot be found in any store -- perfect for birthdays, holidays, and much more! From cute and colorful sock puppets for a younger brother or sister to a stylish stationery set for Dad and a beautiful bracelet for Mom, these accessible and easy-to-follow projects will keep children engrossed for hours.”

The Great Recycling Adventure
Author: Jan McHarry
Age: 6 - 10
Summary: Ever wonder what happens to all that stuff? Well in this fun lift-a-flap book you can see just how old stuff is made new.

The Great Trash Bash
Author: Loreen Leedy.
Age: 4 - 8
Summary: Something is wrong in the town of Beaston. There’s too much trash! Children will enjoy watching the residents clean up the town while learning how they can help to bash the trash.

Here Comes the Recycling Truck!
Author: Meyer Seltzer.
Age: 4 - 8
Summary: Follow Elisa, the driver of a recycling truck named ‘Uncle Bud’, as she picks up papers, glass and metals and takes them to the recycling center where they are prepared for recycling.

Joe’s Earthday Birthday (A Choices for the Earth Book)
Authors: Karen Scovel and Ted Hunter; illustrated by Jean Whitney
Age: 9 - 12
Summary: After going to a friend’s garbage-generating birthday party, Joe is determined to have his birthday party be more earth friendly. How he accomplishes this will leave readers with some great ideas they may want to try at their birthday, and everyday. Also includes garbage facts, a test-your-knowledge quiz and discussion questions.

Katie’s Hand-Me-Down Day
Author: Laurie Wark; illustrated by Eugenie Fernandes
Age: 4 - 8
Summary: Katie has lots of hand-me-down clothes and wants something firsthand, never-been-used, brand-spanking new. Join Katie as she discovers the unique history that makes hand-me-downs special, while learning that once in a while everyone deserves something brand-spanking new!

Recycle! A Handbook For Kids
Author: Gail Gibbons
Age: 4 - 8
Summary: Bright pen-and-wash illustrations show children collecting and separating recyclable paper, glass, cans, and plastic and taking them to deposit points or putting them out for pickup. Gibbons urges elimination of non-biodegradable polystyrene products, which release dangerous CFCs when burned, and shows a sanitary landfill and recycling plants where materials are crushed, melted, and reformed into useful products.

Recycle That! (Rookie Read-About Science)
Author: Fay Robinson
Age: 4 - 8
Summary: A book that not only helps kids learn how to read, but helps them understand why we need 0to recycle and just how to do it.

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle: Metal
Author: Alexandra Fix
Age: 4 - 8
Summary: Read 'Metal' to discover where metal comes from, how it is made and used, and how metal waste affects the environment. Learn how metal can be reused and recycled, and how to reduce your own metal waste.

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle: Paper
Author: Alexandra Fix
Age: 4 - 8
Summary: Read 'Paper' to discover where paper comes from, how it is made and used, and how paper waste affects the environment. Learn how paper can be reused and recycled, and how to reduce your own paper waste.

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle: Plastic
Author: Alexandra Fix
Age: 4 - 8
Summary: Read 'Plastic' to discover how plastic is made, how it is used, and how plastic waste affects the environment. Learn how plastic can be reused and recycled, and how to reduce your own plastic waste.

Round and Round Again
Author: Nancy Van Laan; illustrated by Nadine Bernard Westcott.
Age: 4 - 8
Summary: “Let me tell you a story – it’s funny but true - how Mama changed old things into new.” So starts this humorous tale of reuse that’s sure to inspire anyone to help our resources go “round and round again.”

Something From Nothing
Author: Phoebe Gilman.
Age: 5- 11
Summary: A delightful rendition of a Jewish folktale that illustrates reuse thorough the story of a young boy and his beloved blanket.

The Three R’s: Reuse, Reduce, Recycle
Author: Nurica Roca
Age: 9 - 12
Summary: “Attractive color illustrations and easy-to-follow text combine to present factual information that younger boys and girls will readily absorb and understand. The Three R’s: Reuse, Reduce, Recycle is one in a series of four entertaining What Do You Know About? books, for very young children.”

Tikli’s Nose. A Story About Trolls and Reducing Waste
Author: Neal Starkman: illustrated by Doug Keith. King County Department of Public Works, WA 1993.
Age: 4 – 8
Summary: An original, and local, story, told in big book format complete with a lesson plan. Through Tikli the troll, children will see how we can all learn to reduce waste.

William’s Treasure
Author: Dan Reeder
Age: 4-8
Summary: William is a little dragon who lives in the forest. His life is simple and serene, although punctuated by episodes of frivolity and pure joy. That is, until one evening, when he decides to investigate a strange but alluring glow on the horizon and discovers a brilliantly lit, powerfully enticing, treasure-trove of a place called, "Stuff for U!" The moment William steps into the place he is caught in a web of desire. A new William emerges, one that wants stuff. He starts collecting things, first by the handful, then the armful, a wagon load, a small heap, and ultimately a gigantic pile. Concurrently, his innocent, happy life gives way to one of worry, anxiety, paranoia, and an insatiable appetite for more. Eventually, the need to reclaim his old blissful self pulls William off his pile of stuff and sends him back to his forest home.

Why Should I Recycle?
Author: Jen Green
Age: 9 - 12
Summary: Mr. Jones is a teacher who sets a good example for kids by separating his trash for recycling. When he takes them on a class trip to a recycling plant they learn the value of recycling.
Middle/Jr. High School
Gorgeous Gifts: Use recycled materials to make cool crafts
Author: Rebecca Craig
Age: 9 - 12
Summary: “Wow friends and family with eco-conscious, cool, and highly individual gifts that cannot be found in any store -- perfect for birthdays, holidays, and much more! From cute and colorful sock puppets for a younger brother or sister to a stylish stationery set for Dad and a beautiful bracelet for Mom, these accessible and easy-to-follow projects will keep children engrossed for hours.”
High School and Adult
Beyond 40 Percent: Record –Setting Recycling and Composting Programs
Author: Brenda Platt
Age: Adult
Summary: “Beyond 40% is a practical guide for communities trying to solve their solid waste disposal problems.”

A Citizen’s Guide to Plastics in the Ocean:
Published by: Center for Marine Conservation
Age: Adult
Summary: This book was produced as a part of an educational campaign to inform the public about the harmful problems that arise when plastics are discarded either accidentally or intentionally in marine areas.

The Circle of Simplicity, Return To The Good Life
Author: Cecile Andres
Age: Adult
Summary: A self- help guide that helps us to simplify our lives through the idea of less.

The Competitive Advantage: EcoPurchasing
Author: Sandra Cannon
Age: Adult Summary: “This book is for CEO’s, directors, and purchasers of private sector and public entities – from Fortune and Future 500/1000 companies to federal, state, local agencies, universities, public and private schools, hospitals, and small business; this book give you the nitty gritty on how to reduce purchasing costs.”

Cradle to Cradle. Remaking the Way we Make Things
Authors: William McDonough and Michael Braungart.
Age: Adult
Summary: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle can encourage cradle to grave thinking; this book challenges that belief and replaces it with cradle to cradle thinking, based on nature’s model, where waste is always food for something else.

Don’t Throw It Away!
Author: Vivian Abell
Age: Adult
Summary: This book is a compilation of unusual craft projects that turns household throwaways into objects of lasting value for years to come.

Eco Deco. Chic, Ecological Design Using Recycled Materials
Authors: Stewart and Sally Walton
Age: Adult
Summary: An inspiring book that will encourage you to take a stroll around life's back door and examine the everyday junk and waste that we trash every day.

The End of Affluence: The Causes and Consequences of America’s Economic Dilemma
Author: Jeffrey Madrick.
Age: Adult
Summary: “The most straightforward account of the disappearance of the American Dream.”

The Environmental Consumer’s Handbook
Author: Environmental Protection Agency
Age: Adult
Summary: This helpful little book describes numerous ways each and everyone of us can make a difference in the way we live our lives using the three R’s.

A Field Guide to Sustainability
Author: Washington State Department of Ecology
Age: Adult
Summary: An Introduction to sustainability concepts and a framework for decision making.

The Greenpeace Guide to Paper
Author: Renate Kroesa
Age: Adult
Summary: This booklet is intended to shed light on the processes by which paper is produced, and to outline the impact that our indiscriminate use of paper products is having on the environment.

How I Kicked the Plastic Habit and How You Can Too
Author: Beth Terry
Age: Adult
Summary: A practical guide to ridding your life--and the planet--of plastic! Like many people, Beth Terry didn't think an individual could have much impact on the environment. But while laid up after surgery, she read an article about the staggering amount of plastic polluting the oceans and decided then and there to kick her plastic habit. Now she wants to teach you how you can too.

How Much is Enough? The Consumer Society and the Future of the Earth
Author: Alan Durning
Age: Adult
Summary: If the Earth suffers when people have either too little of too much, the questions arise: How much is enough? What level of consumption can the planet support? When do more things cease to add appreciably to human life?

Hundred Dollar Holiday
Author: Bill McKibben.
Age: Adult
Summary: This book shows how to take the waste out of the holiday and replace it with joy.

The Laptop Lunch
Author: Amy Hemmert and Tammy Pelstring
Age: Adult
Summary: Provides fresh ideas for making wholesome, earth-friendly lunches you kids will love while reducing the trash of plastic bags and packaging.

Living Simply With Children
Author: Marie Sherlock
Age: Adult
Summary: “What if you could find a way to spend more time with your children, replace unnecessary activities with meaningful ones, and teach your children an invaluable life lesson in the process? Living Simply with Children offers a realistic blueprint for zeroing in on the pleasures of family life.”

Material World, A Global Family Portrait
Author: Peter Menzel.
Age: Young Adult
Summary: With vivid pictures and numerous statistics, this book “puts a human face on the issues of population, environment, social justice and consumption and brilliantly illuminates the crucial question facing our species today: Can 6 billion of us have all the things we want?”

Paper or Plastic
Author: Daniel Imhoff
Age: Adult
Summary: “In this fascinating look at the world of packaging, author Daniel Imhoff delves into the life cycles of packaging materials, from wood products to glass, metals, and plastics, and looks at the countless ways that packaged goods shape our culture. Using case studies, the book explores positive trends such as producer responsibility and “take back” laws.”

The Plastic Waste Primer: A Handbook for Citizens
Author: The League of Women Voters Education Fund.
Age: Adult
Summary: A straightforward and balanced look at the issue of plastics in our environment, including the history of and uses for plastics, how plastic waste is managed, and how we as citizens can help.

A Reasonable Life
Author: Ferenc Mate
Age: Adult
Summary: Satirizes our modern society driven by greed and mindlessness, and in its place recommends the ultimate sanity.

The Recycler’s Handbook: Simple Things You Can Do
Author: The Earth Works Group
Age: Adult
Summary: In the popular “50 simple things” format, this book covers all the basics of recycling all sorts of materials, with the goal of making recycling a part of each of our daily lives while showing how each of us can make a difference.

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle: An Easy Household Guide
Author: Nicky Scott
Age: Adult
Summary: This easy-to-use guide has answers to all your recycling questions. Its A-Z listing of everyday household items shows you how to recycle most of your unwanted things, do your bit for the planet, and maybe make a little money at the same time. With a comprehensive resources section and information on how to get more involved, this is an invaluable guide for anyone who wants to stop the Earth from going to waste.

School Recycling Programs, A Handbook for Educators
Author: U.S. Environmental protection Agency
Age: Adult
Summary: This Brochure describes a number of school recycling program options, along with step-by-step instruction on how to set one up. It focuses on implementing actual recycling projects as a way of teaching the importance and benefits of recycling.

The Social Entrepreneur's Guide to Starting a Creative Reuse Center
Author: Kelly Carmichael Casey and Alyssa Kail
Age: Adult
Summary: The Social Entrepreneur's Guide to Starting a Creative Reuse Center is the first manual that shows you how to set up your creative reuse center from conception to running full steam ahead. It is an invaluable resource for new and growing creative start-ups. This manual is full of information, activities and exercises to help you create your model, business plan, programs and get community support.

Stuff, The Secret Lives of Everyday Things
Authors: John C. Ryan and Alan Thein Durning
Age: Adult
Summary: “Documenting a day in the life of the average North American consumer, Stuff: The Secret Lives of Everyday Things deconstructs the American Dream by unraveling the hidden costs behind the objects around us. From our morning cup of Columbian coffee to our South Korean-made sneakers, the book traces the environmental impact of the consumer decisions most of us make without thinking.”

Teachables From Trashables: Homemade Toys That Teach
Author: C. Emma Linderman
Age: Adult
Summary: “A practical, step-by-step guide to making dozens of toys from coffee cans, bleach bottles and other recycled household junk for parents, teachers, day-care providers, scout leaders and everyone else who cares for children.”

Waste: Uncovering the Global Food Scandal
Author: Tristram Stuart
Age: Adult
Summary: Waste traces the problem around the globe from the top to the bottom of the food production chain. Stuart’s journey takes him from the streets of New York to China, Pakistan and Japan and back to his home in England. Introducing us to foraging pigs, potato farmers and food industry CEOs, Stuart encounters grotesque examples of profligacy, but also inspiring innovations and ways of making the most of what we have. The journey is a personal one, as Stuart is a dedicated freegan, who has chosen to live off of discarded or self-produced food in order to highlight the global food waste scandal.

Waste and Want
Author: Susan Strasser
Age: Adult
Summary: “The author of books on housework and the American mass market, social historian Strasser explores what America has discarded, from the period when Colonists valued everything up to today's era of public landfills. She chronicles how mass production, technological change, ideals of cleanliness, and style have altered America's attitudes toward stewardship and throwing things out.”

The Waste Watchers: A Citizen’s Handbook for Conserving Energy and Resources
Author: Arthur H. Purcell.
Age: Adult
Summary: A very thorough, if somewhat dated, look at waste issues - including how we got into this predicament and how we can help to get out written by an expert in the waste and resource conservation field.

Garbage and Litter
K - 6th Grades
Clean Planet: Stopping Litter and Pollution
Author: Tristan Boyer Binns
Age: 9 - 12
Summary: A helpful guide that forces children to question why we pollute and what we can do to help save the environment.

Author: Robert Maass
Age: 4 - 8
Summary: “Through clear photographs and simple prose, Maass documents what happens to refuse. Moving from neighborhood trash cans to landfills to recycling centers, he provides a basic introduction to the topic of handling waste.”

Garbage! Where It Comes From, Where It Goes (A Nova Book)
Author: Evan and Janet Hadingham.
Age: 8 - 12
Summary: Rich with information on garbage, including a history of trash, modern problems and management options for garbage, with a few activities sprinkled throughout. An interesting read for older elementary and middle school ages.

The Great Trash Bash
Author: Loreen Leedy
Age: 4 - 8
Summary: Something is wrong in the town of Beaston. There’s too much trash! Children will enjoy watching the residents clean up the town while learning how they can help to bash the trash.

Katherine and The Garbage Dump
Author: Martha Morris; illustrated by Yvonne Cathcart.
Age: 4 - 8
Summary: For young readers, this book tells how garbage becomes a problem for one little girl, and how by taking action, she solves the problem in a bold and creative way.

Litter Bug’s Halloween
Author: Lydia M. Lacy
Age: 9 - 12
Summary: Litter Bug's Halloween is a story about Litterbug and his three friends and their adventures on Halloween. While the story is entertaining, it also teaches children that it is wrong to litter.

Tracking Trash: Flotsam, Jetsam, and the Science of Ocean Motion
Author: Loree Griffin Burns
Age: 9 - 14
Summary: “While the subtitle leads one to believe that the heart of this book is about the science of ocean currents, it's actually about why we need to protect our marine environment. Burns tells the tale of Dr. Curtis Ebbesmeyer, an oceanographer who started to track trash (flotsam) that washed up on the shore near his Seattle home. Through floating sneakers and bath toys that accidentally fell off container ships and a computer program named OSCURS, Ebbesmeyer tracked the currents of the ocean. These experiments led to a discussion of how debris is polluting our oceans and causing harm to marine life.”

Author: Charlotte Wilcox
Age: 9 - 12
Summary: Examines various methods of garbage disposal, with an emphasis on sanitary landfills but also surveying such alternatives as mass burn and recycling.

Trash Attack. Garbage and What We Can Do About It  (Earth Care Books)
Author: Candace Savage; illustrated by Steve Beinicke.
Age: 8 - 14
Summary: A good look at trash issues for older elementary and middle school aged kids. Lively writing and engaging activities make this a fun way to learn about “garbage and what we can do about it”.

Trash Trouble
Author: Larry Dane Brimmer
Age: 4 - 8
Summary: On a field trip to the Nature Center, Three J leads his second-grade classmates on a mission to pick up as much trash as possible after they find a bird caught in a discarded lunch bag.

Where Does The Garbage Go?
Author: Paul Showers
Age: 4 - 8
Summary: This book addresses the issues of past and present garbage disposal in an educational and simple to understand manner for children.

The Wartville Wizard
Author: Don Madden
Age: 4 - 8
Summary: “Wartville is being buried in trash! There are soda bottles under the flowers, juice cans by the mailbox, and newspapers along the road. Every day the piles grow higher and higher. Then one tidy old man realizes he has the power to get rid of all the trash forever. Wartville will finally be cleaned up once and for all!”
High School and Adult
The Garbage Glossary, A Layman’s Guide To Garbage Talk
Author: Democratic Media Services
Age: Adult
Summary: An introductory guide to garbage terminology and new methods of addressing the problem.

The Garbage Primer: A Handbook For Citizens
Author: The League of Women Voters Education Fund
Age: Teenagers - adults
Summary: This handbook discusses the technical, environmental, economic and policy issues related to waste management, all in interesting and easy-to-understand language, providing a very thorough and informative look at garbage issues of today. Includes a section on how citizens can get involved in their community.

Persistent marine debris: Challenge and response : the federal perspective
Author: NOAA
Age: Adult
Summary: A collective response to the issue of human wastes in the ocean.

Rubbish! The Archaeology of Garbage
Authors: William J. Rathje and Cullen Murphy.
Age: Adult
Summary: “The chief lesson in this far-ranging book maybe the discovery that what we think about garbage is often based on half-truths, misconceptions and incomplete knowledge.”
Hazardous Waste
High School and Adult
The Healthy Home, An Attic-to-Basement Guide to Toxin-Free Living
Author: Linda Mason Hunter
Age: Adult
Summary: “Covering everything from asbestos in the toaster to chlordane in crawl spaces, this book is a comprehensive guide to the toxin-free home.”
Environmental Awareness
K - 6th Grades
50 Simple Things Kids Can Do To Save The Earth
Author: The EarthWorks Group
Age: 7 - adult Summary: “You don’t have to be a grown-up to help save the earth!” This delightful guide gets kids involved in doing little things that make a big difference such as being a “water leak detective”, or growing worms.

The Earth and I
Author: Frank Asch
Age: 4 - 8
Summary: "The Earth and I are friends," begins this sentimental picture book in which a boy inventories the many ways he and the planet benefit and enjoy each other.

Earth Book For Kids
Author: Linda Schwartz
Age: 3 and up
Summary: Filled with ideas for arts and crafts projects, experiments, and experiences that encourage children to enjoy and heal the environment, this book covers acid rain, endangered wildlife, pesticides, energy, recycling, pollution, landfills, rain forests, water conservation, and related topics.

Earth Smart: How to Take Care of the Environment
Author: Leslie Garrett
Age: 6 - 9
Summary: This DK Readers book not only teaches kids how to take care of the Environment, but also combines colorful photos and lively illustrations to teach kids how to read.

Earthwatch: Earthcycles and Ecosystems
Author: Beth Savan, Ph.D.
Age: 8 - 13
Summary: Simple activities and interesting facts are combined in this introduction to the Earth's ecosystems. Specific problems like acid rain and oil spills are discussed in terms of their harmful effects on the delicate earthcycles, which include those of water, air, and soil. Descriptions of various conditions are clear, with the seriousness of problems balanced by hopeful suggestions and possible solutions.

The Environmental Detective
Authors: Doug Herridge and Susan Hughes
Age: 7 - 12
Summary: Help solve the Case of the Changing Environment. The Environmental Detective Book tells you about habitats, the food chain, the water cycle, the ozone layer, recycling, reducing dangerous chemicals and making life better for plants, animals and you.

From Tree to Paper
Author: Wendy Davis
Age: 4-6
Summary: Where does paper come from? Tree! Read all about how paper is made in this book.
The Great Kapok Tree: A Tale of the Amazon Rain Forest
Author: Lynne Cherry
Age: 4 - 8
Summary: A magical tale with a conservation message that speaks to both children and adults. Lush illustrations of the rain forest and its many inhabitants make this a wonderful book.

Grover’s Ten Terrific Ways to Help Our Wonderful World
Author: Anna Ross; illustrated by Tom Leigh.
Age: 4 – 8
Summary: With the help of his friends from Sesame Street, Grover shares ten terrific tips with young children (1.Plant a tree; 5. Don’t waste energy; 10 Recycle trash) on how to take better care of our world.

The Kid’s Environment Book
Author: Anne Pedersen
Age: 9 - 12
Summary: Examines our environmental problems, humankind's historic relationship with the earth and its living species, how industrialization has dramatically changed our planet, and what must be done to repair the damage.

The Lorax
Author: Dr. Suess
Age: all ages
Summary: The classic environmental book by the wonderful Dr. Suess reminds us all to not waste our natural resources on things we really don’t need in the first place.

Maxine’s Tree
Author: Diane Leger-Haskell; illustrated by Dar Churcher
Age: 4 - 10
Summary: A touching story about a forest on Vancouver Island and how one girl’s idea helps to protect it from logging. With many beautiful illustrations of local plants and animals.

Where Food Comes From
Author: Dorothy Hinshaw Patent
Age: 9 -12
Summary: Patent gives a clear straightforward explanation of where all our food comes from.
Middle/Jr. High School
Dr. Art’s Guide to Planet Earth
Author: Art Sussman, Ph.D.
Age: 12 - adult
Summary: A great book to explain earth’s physical and life systems that captures the imagination of readers and invokes a sense of awe for our home.

The Kid’s Environment Book
Author: Anne Pedersen
Age: 9 - 12
Summary: Examines our environmental problems, humankind's historic relationship with the earth and its living species, how industrialization has dramatically changed our planet, and what must be done to repair the damage.

An Inconvenient Truth
Author: Al Gore
Age: 10 - 14
Summary: In this youth-focused adaptation of Gore's 2006 adult book, the material is distilled, creating an eye-opening story that targets kids' concerns. Gone are the political passages and the language is basic--vector in the adult book becomes "life forms that can carry"--and offers clear definitions of such terms as greenhouse gases and persuasive, accessible arguments for how the climate crisis has developed and what can be done to address it.
High School and Adult
30 Simple Energy Conservation Things You Can Do To Save The Earth
Author: The EarthWorks Group
Age: Adult
Summary: This book gives you a clear, entertaining idea of how you can save energy … and help protect the Earth.

Biomimicry: Innovation Inspired by Nature
Author: Janine M. Benyus
Age: 15 - adult
Summary: Biomimicry is a revolutionary new science that analyzes nature’s best ideas and adapts them for human use.

Choices for Sustainability Living
Author: Northwest Earth Institute
Age: Adult
Summary: Choices for Sustainable Living is a course book designed to start a discussion in the workplace, community center, or home. The material explores the meaning of sustainability, considers the ties between lifestyle choices and their impact on Earth, and illustrates steps that can be taken to move toward ecologically sustainable organizations, lifestyles, and communities.

The Consumer’s Guide to Effective Environmental Choices: Practical Advice From the Union of Concerned Scientists
Authors: Michael Brower, Ph.D. and Warren Leon, Ph.D
Age: Adult
Summary: Some choices have a huge impact on the environment; others are of negligible importance. This book helps inform consumers about everyday decisions that significantly affect the environment.

Fostering Sustainable Behavior
Author: Doug McKenzie-Mohr and William Smith
Age: Adult
Summary: This book collects strategies for individuals as wells as communities to promote sustainable behavior.

From the Fryer to the Fuel Tank: The Complete Guide to Using Vegetable Oil as an Alternative Fuel
Author: Joshua Tickell
Age: Adult
Summary: The first and only book that details all aspects of running diesel engines on vegetable oil. Includes information on biodiesel, the diesel fuel substitute made from new or used vegetable as well as information on running any diesel engine on straight vegetable oil (SVO). This book is packed with history, information, instructions, photos, diagrams and resources.

Free for All: Fixing School Food in America
Author: Janet Poppendieck
Age: Adult
Summary: Taking us on an eye-opening journey into the nation's school kitchens, this superbly researched book is the first to provide a comprehensive assessment of school food in the United States.

Green Building & Remodeling for Dummies
Author: Eric Corey Freed
Age: Adult
Summary: “Want to build responsibly, reduce waste, and help preserve the environment? Green Building & Remodeling For Dummies is your friendly, step-by-step guide to every facet of this Earth-friendly method of construction. Building a home—even a green home—uses plenty of resources and energy. This practical, hands-on book shows you how to build or remodel conscientiously, whether your dream home is a simple remodel or a brand-new multimillion-dollar mansion.”

The Home Energy Diet
Author: Paul Scheckel
Age: Adult
Summary: With rising energy costs, homeowners are beginning to examine the energy efficiency of their own homes, asking questions about where energy comes from and how much it costs, how to choose new appliances and what options exist for renewable energy.The Home Energy Diet answers all these questions and more while helping readers take control of their personal energy use and costs so they can save money, live more comfortably and help the environment.

Household Ecoteam Workbook
Authors: David Gershon and Robert Gilman
Age: Adult
Summary: The workbook is a six-month program to help you bring your household into environmental balance. It simplifies the overload of environmental information into six sets of actions to be implemented, one set a month.

The Joy of Simple Living
Author: Jeff Davidson
Age: Adult
Summary: This book provides more than 1,500 easy, specific tips and techniques for cutting back, paring down, and breathing easier-- without sacrificing the quality of life you deserve. Open the book to any page and you'll find it filled with practical ideas. The Joy of Simple Living examines every single room of your house, plus your car and your office

Living Green
Author: Greg Horn
Age: Adult
Summary: “Whether you are concerned about climate change, personal health, or just want to live a little more lightly on the planet, this book is for you. It helps you get past the worry and take positive action to improve both your health and the health of our environment.

Low Carbon Diet: A 30 Day Program to Lose 5000 Pounds
Author: David Gershon
Age: Adult
Summary: An easy to use guide that will show you, step-by-step, how to dramatically reduce your CO2 output in just a month’s time.

Lunch Lesson
Authors: Ann Cooper and Lisa M. Holmes
Age: Adult
Summary: They explain the basics of good childhood nutrition and suggest dozens of tasty, home-tested recipes for breakfast, lunch, and snacks. The pages are also packed with recommendations on how to eliminate potential hazards from the home, bring gardening and composting into daily life, and how to support businesses that provide local, organic food.

Natural Capitalism: Creating the Next Industrial Revolution
Authors: Paul Hawken, Amory Lovins and L. Hunter Lovins.
Age: Adult
Summary: Praised by business and political leaders as well as economists and environmentalists, this groundbreaking book reveals how tomorrow’s most successful global businesses will draw profit from their own environmental responsibility.

Raising Kids Who Will Make a Difference
Author: Susan V. Vogt
Age: Adult
Summary: “A unique and thoughtful guide to raising socially conscious kids,” this book offers creative and realistic parenting strategies with reflections from the authors own children on what worked and didn’t work.

The School Food Revolution Author: Kevin Morgan and Roberta Sonnino Age: Adult Summary: The book takes a critical look at the alleged benefits of school food reform, such as lower food miles, the creation of markets for local producers and new food education initiatives that empower consumers by nurturing their capacity to eat healthily.

School Lunch Politics
Author: Susan Levine
Age: Adult
Summary: Susan Levine investigates the politics and culture of food; most specifically, who decides what American children should be eating, what policies develop from those decisions, and how these policies might be better implemented.

Seven Wonders: Everyday Things for a Healthier Planet
Author: John C. Ryan
Age: Adult
Summary: This book explores seven everyday wonders that can help rein in our economy’s rapid plunder of the planet’s natural resources.

State of the Northwest
Author: John C. Ryan
Age: Adult
Summary: Written from the view of a Chinook salmon as he traces his way through the Northwest this book offers a unique look at many environmental issues facing us locally, and the progress we’ve made since his first trip six years ago.

The Straw Bale House
Authors: Athena Swentzell Steen, Bill Steen, David Bainbridge and David Eisenberg
Age: Adult
Summary: This book shows you how to build with natural, abundant and inexpensive resources that can be grown sustainably in one season.

The Sustainability Revolution
Author: Andres R. Edwards
Age: Adult
Summary: “This book paints a picture of the largely unrecognized phenomenon of sustainability from the point of view of five major sectors of society, concluding that the values emerging form sustainability work to define a major paradigm shift.

This Planet is Mine: Teaching Environmental Awareness and Appreciation to Children
Authors: Mary Metzger and Cynthia P. Whittaker
Age: Adult
Summary: A useful guide to a variety of environmental issues, with plenty of emphasis on waste reduction and recycling. Includes dozens of creative learning activities.

Unplug the Christmas Machine
Author: Jo Robinson and Jean Coppock Staeheli
Age: Adult
Summary: A guide to creating a joyful, stress-free holiday season, with suggestions for combating commercialism and filling the holiday with simple celebrations.

What We Can Do For Our Environment
Author: Canada’s Green Plan
Age: All ages
Summary: A helpful guide to acting now to help the environment.

Your Money Or Your Life Author: Joe Dominguez and Vicki Robin
Age: Adult
Summary: A self-help guide to freeing yourself from the control of money in order to live a more deliberate and meaningful life.

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