Silent Spring

Silent Spring

Silent SpringAuthor(s): Rachel L. Carson , Al Gore (Introduction)

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Co

Paperback: 368 pages
ISBN: 0395683297
ISBN-13: 978-0395683293
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Hardcover: 437 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0783880532
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Audio Cassette
Dh Audio (November 1986)
ISBN-10: 0886461839
ISBN-13: 978-0886461836
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Silent Spring, released in 1962, offered the first shattering look at widespread ecological degradation and touched off an environmental awareness that still exists. Rachel Carson’s book focused on the poisons from insecticides, weed killers, and other common products as well as the use of sprays in agriculture, a practice that led to dangerous chemicals to the food source. Carson argued that those chemicals were more dangerous than radiation and that for the first time in history, humans were exposed to chemicals that stayed in their systems from birth to death. Presented with thorough documentation, the book opened more than a few eyes about the dangers of the modern world and stands today as a landmark work. —

Nature and Ecology Editor’s Recommended Book
Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring is now 35 years old. Written over the years 1958 to 1962, it took a hard look at the effects of insecticides and pesticides on songbird populations throughout the United States, whose declining numbers yielded the silence to which her title attests. What happens in nature is not allowed to happen in the modern, chemical-drenched world, she writes, where spraying destroys not only the insects but also their principal enemy, the birds. When later there is a resurgence of the insect population, as almost always happens, the birds are not there to keep their numbers in check. The publication of her impeccably reported text helped change that trend by setting off a wave of environmental legislation and galvanizing the nascent ecological movement. It is justly considered a classic, and it is well worth rereading today.

The New York Times Book Review, Lorus Milne and Margery Milne
Her book is a cry to the reading public to help curb private and public programs which by use of poisons will end by destroying life on earth. … Miss Carson, with the fervor of an Ezekiel, is trying to save nature and mankind …

Clean and Green

Clean and Green

Clean and GreenAuthor(s): Annie Berhold Bond

Publisher: Ceres Press

Paperback: 162 pages

ISBN: 1886101019

ISBN-13: 978-1886101012

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485 ways to clean, polish, disinfect, deodorize, launder, remove stains, even wash your car, without harming yourself or the environment. Recipes based on harmless, nonpolluting, renewable ingredients. 160 pages, recycled paper/vegetable ink, paperback.

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This remarkable book has sold 100,000 copies – for one reason – the formulas work!
Controlling Environmental Risks from Chemicals: Principles and Practice

Controlling Environmental Risks from Chemicals: Principles and Practice

Controlling Environmental Risks from Chemicals: Principles and PracticeAuthor(s): Peter Calow

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

Hardcover: 150 pages

ISBN: 0471969958

ISBN-13: 978-0471969952

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Commercial chemicals contribute to our social welfare, yet can pose serious problems for the environment. How do we recognise these problems? How do we manage them? How do we objectively balance environmental risks with social benefits? This book describes the principles and practices of ecological risk assessment and cost-benefit analysis, asking key but challenging questions such as ?what are we trying to protect?? and ?how do we undertake a cost-benefit analysis??. It also shows how these principles are written into legislation. The emphasis is on the EU Directives and Regulations, with a chapter on the instruments and institutions involved; but this is balanced by a review of US and International policies and legislation. In conclusion, the discussion returns to the question of attempting to balance risks with benefits, particularly in the context of the development of sustainable and globally practicable chemical control policies. The text is supplemented by a glossary that defines the inevitably large number of abbreviations and acronyms used by environmental policy-makers and regulators. The book is intended for all those who have an interest in industrial chemicals, but who need an overview of pollution and pollution control issues. It will provide an excellent reference tool for undergraduates in Environmental Science, and Policy-Makers and Environmental Consultants in the areas of ecology, ecotoxicology and risk assessment.

The publisher, John Wiley & Sons
Any chemical in sufficient quantities, even the so-called natural ones, can cause problems for human health and the environment. This book describes the controls needed for chemicals and illustrates how they are being applied in Europe. It also explores the philosophical, scientific and policy basis of the general approach to chemical controls. Presents techniques that are applicable to North America.

Collaborative Spunk: The Feisty Guide for Reviving People and Our Planet

Collaborative Spunk: The Feisty Guide for Reviving People and Our Planet

Collaborative Spunk: The Feisty Guide for Reviving People and Our PlanetAuthor(s): A. Gayle Hudgens, Ph.D., MCC

Publisher: SOS Press

Paperback: 312 pages

ISBN: 0972308407

ISBN-13: 978-0972308403

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An exciting, powerful, and sound alternative to the personal, social, ecological, and economic violence plaguing our world, COLLABORATIVE SPUNK empowers ordinary people to become “leaderful” and co-create joyful, just, and viable communities wherever they are “planeted.” Readers will discover they can have fun and find meaning in the process.

Midwest Book Review:
Collaborative Spunk: The Feisty Guide For Reviving People And Our Planet by Cultural Creative Coach A. Gayle Hudgens is an impressive and “reader friendly” guide to harnessing personal energy as well as the energy of co-workers or collaborators for maximum drive and efficiency. A variety of invaluable tips, tricks, and techniques for improving personal coaching skills, getting into synch with the framework surrounding personal life situations, revitalizing personal energy for mental and emotional growth, and much, much more are deftly covered in this zesty, go-getting and highly recommended self-help, self-improvement guide.

The Cohousing Handbook: Building a Place for Community

The Cohousing Handbook: Building a Place for Community

The Cohousing Handbook: Building a Place for CommunityAuthor(s): Chris Hanson

Publisher: Hartley & Marks

Paperback: 278 pages

ISBN: 0881791261

ISBN-13: 978-0881791266

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Cohousing offers an end to the isolation of the single-family suburban home. Balancing community and personal privacy, cohousing is a chance to create a modern village in an urban or rural setting. Residents own their own homes and can gather in common areas to share meals and socialize. An increasingly popular form of housing in both Europe and North America, cohousing addresses and alleviates many of the demands and pressures of modern life-everything from day care to aging at home is easier with the help of your neighbors.

As pioneers in the development of cohousing in North America, Chris and Kelly ScottHanson offer individuals and new groups a wealth of information and practical hints on how the process works. The Cohousing Handbook covers every element that goes into the creation of a cohousing project, including group processes, land acquisition, finance and budgets, construction, development professionals, design considerations, permits, approvals and membership. This revised and updated edition includes an expanded marketing chapter, as well as a foreword by Gifford Pinchot.

A source of comfort and inspiration for those who want to create their ideal community, The Cohousing Handbook is a groundbreaking and practical guide to building a better society one neighborhood at a time-a must-have for the growing number of people who want to create a cohousing community.

Chris and Kelly ScottHanson are acknowledged leaders in the development of cohousing, and are co-owners of Cohousing Resources, LLC. Chris is also president and CEO of Seattle-based Construction & Development Services, Inc., responsible for overseeing numerous cohousing projects from land acquisition through construction throughout North America. Kelly is CEO of Eco-Development, LLC, providing marketing, startup guidance and membership advice for numerous cohousing and ecovillage projects. They both live and work on Bainbridge Island, Washington.

Table of Contents

Foreword By Zev Paiss
1. Introduction
2. Forming a Group
3. The Development Process
4. Working with Professionals
5. Buying Land
6. The Design Process
7. Design Considerations
8. Environment
9. Legal Issues
10. Finance and Budget
11. Marketing and Membership
12. Scheduling and Planning
13. Permits and Approvals
14. The Construction Process
15. Moving In
16. Resources
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Cohousing: A Contemporary Approach to Housing Ourselves

Cohousing: A Contemporary Approach to Housing Ourselves

Cohousing: A Contemporary Approach to Housing OurselvesAuthor(s): Kathryn McCamant, Charles Durrett, Ellen Hertzman

Publisher: Ten Speed Press

Paperback: 288 pages

ISBN: 0898155398

ISBN-13: 978-0898155396

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How-To Editor’s Recommended Book, 02/01/97:

Alright, you tried living in a commune in the 1970s, and people kept borrowing your toothbrush and leaving dishes in the sink. Then you set up house by yourself and felt lonely. You got married, started raising a family and ended up feeling isolated from your friends and the rest of the community. You go to work, wave to your neighbors over the fence now and then, and think there must be more to life than this. There is: a whole new concept of building a neighborhood and sense of community. This is the story of how and why cohousing works, and how to go about making it happen for yourself.

From The WomanSource Catalog & Review: Tools for Connecting the Community for Women; review by Ilene Rosoff , 02/01/97:
Does the idea of not having to cook meals for yourself or family every night, deal with traffic on your block, or worry when your children are out playing in the neighborhood appeal to you? If the answer is yes, you may want to consider exploring cohousing, a concept that originated in Denmark in the early 1970s and has spread throughout Europe. In Cohousing, a number of European cohousing communities are profiled. Although each community is a unique reflection of its members’ tastes and desires, there are some common components, such as parking lots on the perimeters of the community for pedestrian safety, a common house where meals can be shared, and recreational facilities housing various community activities and services. With all the responsibilities entailed in managing a home and/or a family, cohousing is a solution for finding sufficient time to relax and spend with the people who are important to us. (The authors have recently started The Cohousing Company, a design and development company formed specifically to assist groups interested in planning and implementing cohousing in this country.)

Excerpted from Cohousing by Kathryn McCamant, et al (as appears in The WomanSource Catalog & Review). Copyright(c) 1993. Reprinted by permission, all rights reserved :
The dining room is located in the common house at the end of the hall. Here dinner is served four to six times a week, with 50 to 60 percent of the residents (25 to 35 people) typically taking part. The use of tokens, earned by cooking, assures that people prepare dinner in proportion to the number of times they eat. Each month residents sign up for when they will cook; and a few days beforehand, for when they will be there for dinner. This flexible system allows residents to participate as much or as little as they like.

Community Building: Values for a Sustainable Future

Community Building: Values for a Sustainable Future

Community Building: Values for a Sustainable FutureAuthor(s): Leonard A. Jason

Publisher: Praeger Pub

Hardcover: 176 pages

ISBN: 0275958728

ISBN-13: 978-0275958725

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This work is a description of vulnerabilities that help account for many of the serious problems facing contemporary society in industrialized countries, including high rates of crime; homelessness; alcohol, tobacco, and other drug addictions; and a breakdown of the psychological sense of community.

About the Author : LEONARD A. JASON is Professor of Psychology at DePaul University.

Table of Contents:
Communication and Community Building by Mara B. Adelman and Lawrence R. Frey
New Vistas for Community Psychology by John Moritsugu
Society at the Crossroads
Four Vulnerabilities
A New Paradigm for Hope
Religion and Spirituality
A Sense of Community
Partnerships with Communities
Wisdom Traditions as Our Guide
Afterword: An Eco-Transformational Application: Bridging the Macro to the Micro by Patricia A.Fennell

Going Local: Creating Self-Reliant Communities in a Global Age

Going Local: Creating Self-Reliant Communities in a Global Age

Going Local: Creating Self-Reliant Communities in a Global AgeAuthor(s): Michael H. Shuman

Publisher: The Free Press

Hardcover: 320 pages

ISBN: 0684830124

ISBN-13: 978-0684830124

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Communities throughout the world are losing control of their economies. Convinced by mainstream economists that globalization is inevitable, local leaders – whether liberal or conservative, Democrat or Republican – are trying to attract outside investment by paying massive subsidies, slashing wages, and weakening environmental standards. Going Local details how dozens of communities are regaining control over their economies by employing three new kinds of strategies: investing not in outsiders, but in locally owned businesses like credit unions, cooperatives, community land trusts, municipally owned utilities, small worker-owned firms, community development corporations, and local shareholder-owned firms such as the Green Bay, Packers; focusing on import-replacing rather than export-led development, by reducing dependence on distant sources of energy, water, food, and basic materials; and asking the federal government for more power, not more pork, by eliminating many subsidies and changing tax and trade laws that disempower communities. Going Local challenges conservatives and liberals alike to rethink their views about markets, corporations, and devolution. It suggests novel ways in which businesses can blend private ownership and community responsibility, and innovative policies that can balance the virtues of a free market with the critical need – and special ability – of local government to address its shortcomings.

About the Author

Michael H. Shuman, co-director of the Village Foundation’s Institute for Economic Education and Entrepreneurship, is author of five books and numerous articles on the relationship between community and international affairs. His work has appeared in The Nation, The New York Times, Foreign Policy, and The Washington Post.