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Walden (or life in the woods)

Walden is one of the best-known non-fiction books ever written by an American. It details Thoreau's sojourn in a cabin near Walden Pond, amidst woodland owned by his friend and mentor Ralph Waldo Emerson. Walden was written with expressed seasonal divisions. Thoreau hoped to isolate himself from society in order to gain a more objective understanding of it. Simplicity and self-reliance were Thoreau's other goals, and the whole project was inspired by Transcendentalist philosophy. As pertinent and relevant today as it was when it was first written.



Are you looking for ways to live more sustainably, reduce the carbon footprint of your home, or remodel your house with sustainable materials that will save you energy, time and money? The following resources are either available online or at your neighborhood Houston Public Library.


Complete Guide to the Green Home (2008). Philip Schmidt

Eco: An Essential Sourcebook for Environmentally Friendly Design and Decoration (2003). Beth Wihide

Got Sun? (2005). Rex A. Ewing

Green from the Gound Up (2008). David Johnston & Scott Gibson

Green Remodeling (2008). John D. Wagner

Little House on a Small Planet (2006). Shay Salomon

Low Carbon Diet (2006). David Gershon

Natural Remodeling for the Not-So-Green-House (2006). Carol Venoliaa

Power with Nature: Alternative Energy Solutions for Homeowners (2005). Rex A. Ewing

Sustainable Residential Development (2007). Avi Friedman

The Carbon-Free Home (2008). Stephen Hren

The Good House Book (2004). Clark Snell

The Green Self-Build Book (2007). Jon Broome

The Home Energy Diet (2005). Paul Scheckel

The Not So Big House (1998). The Not So Big Life (2005). Sarah Susanka

Visualizing Density (2007). Alex MacLean

Wind Power: Renewable Energy for Home, Farm, and Business (2004). Paul Gipe

Your Green Home (2006). Alex T. Wilson


Building Green (2005). Clarke Snell

Cradle to Cradle: Remaking the Way We make Things (2002). William McDonough & Michael Braungart

Green Building A to Z (2007). Jerry Yudelson

Green Building Fundamentals (2009). Michael Montoya

Green Building Products (2008). Alex Wilson & Mark Piepkorn

How Buildings Learn (1995). Stewart Brand

Losing Our Cool: Uncomfortable Truths About Our Air-Conditioned World (and Finding New Ways to Get Through the Summer) (2010). Stan Cox

Over (2008). Alex MacLean

The World Without Us (2007). Alan Weisman

Green Living: Changing the Status Quo

Program Director Steve Stelzer’s Top Twenty for 2015

1.  The Upcycle (2013). William McDonough & Michael Braungart

2.  The Story of Stuff (2010). Annie Leonard

3.  This Changes Everything (2014). Naomi Klein

4.  Don’t Even Think About It (2014). George Marshall

5.  Countdown (2014). Alan Weisman

6.  The Righteous Mind (2012). Jonathan Haidt

7.  The Sixth Extinction (2014). Elizabeth Kolbert

8.  The Soil Will Save Us (2014). Kristin Ohlson

9.  Hope Is an Imperative (2010). David Orr

10. The Fourth Turning (1997). William Strauss and Neil Howe

11. Why We Suffer (2011). Peter Michaelson

12. Reinventing Fire (2011). Amory Lovins & Rocky Mountain Institute

13. Limits to Growth, the 30 Year Update (2004). Donella Meadows, Jorgen Randers, Dennis Meadows

14. Democracy Inc. (2008). Sheldon Wolin

15. 1491 (2005). Charles C. Mann

16. Over (2008). Alex MacLean

17. The Vanishing Face of Gaia (2009). James Lovelock

18. Breakpoint (2013). Jeff Stibel

19. State of the World 2013: Is Sustainability Still Possible? (2013). The Worldwatch Institute and Erik Assadourian

20. Bright-Sided (2008). Barbara Ehrenreich

Abundance: the Future is Better Than You Think (2012). Peter H. Diamandis & Steven Kotler

Blessed Unrest, Ecology of Commerce (1993). Paul Hawken

Confessions of an Economic Hit Man (2005). John Perkins

Consumed: How Markets Corrupt Children, Infantilize Adults, and Swallow Citizens Whole (2008). Benjamin Barber

Don’t Think of an Elephant! (2004). The Political Mind (2008). George Lakoff

Ecological Intelligence (2009). Daniel Goleman

Garbage Land On the Secret Trail of Trash (2005). Elizabeth Royte

Guns, Germs, & Steel (1997). Collapse (2005). Jared Diamond

Home from Nowhere (1998). World Made by Hand (2008). The Long Emergency (2006). Too Much Magic (2012). James Howard Kuntsler

Hot, Flat, & Crowded v 2.0 (2009). Thomas L. Friedman

My Ishmael (1998). Beyond Civilization (2000). Daniel Quinn

Natural Capitalism: Creating the Next Industrial Revolution (1999). Paul Hawken, Amory Lovins, L. Hunter Lovins

Our Choice (2009). Al Gore

That Used to Be Us (2011). Thomas Friedman and Michael Mandelbaum

The Corporation (2005). Joel Bakan

The Impending World Energy Mess (2010). Hirsch, Bezdek, Wendling

The Lorax (1971). Dr. Seuss

The Secret Life of Compost (1997). Malcolm Beck

The Tipping Point (2002). Blink (2007). Outliers (2008). David and Goliath (2013). Malcolm Gladwell

The Wal-Mart Effect (2006). Charles Fishman

Toxics A to Z (1991). Harte, Holdren, Schneider, Shirley

Worldchanging: User’s Guide for the 21st Century (2008). Alex Steffen, Editor


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