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NEW DVD: Everything's Cool
The team that brought us BLUE VINYL presents EVERYTHING'S COOL, a film of "wit and passion" (LA Times) about America finally "getting" global warming, follows a group of global warming messengers on a high stakes quest to find the iconic image, the magic language, the points of leverage that will finally create the political will to move the United States from its reliance on fossil fuels to the new clean energy economy - AND FAST.
BLUE VINYL, New DVD Edition
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Doubt Is Their Product
For nearly a decade, the chemical, plastics and timber industries have been attacking efforts by the US Green Building Council to establish LEED™ credits that would discourage the use of materials such as vinyl and unsustainably harvested timber. A new book will change your perspective on these enduring controversies. In Doubt Is Their Product, Dr. David Michaels, a former Assistant Secretary of Energy for Environment, Safety and Health under President Clinton, exhaustively documents the rise of the product defense industry and its strategy of using scientific discipline to establish controversies rather than establish facts, as a means of frustrating efforts to address public health risks from asbestos, benzene, aspirin (Reye's syndrome in children) global warming and vinyl.
Sustainable Healthcare Architecture
Written by Gail Vittori and Robin Guenther, recognized national experts in the design of hospitals and other health care facilities that are sustainable, Sustainable Healthcare Architecture is destined to be considered the definitive guide to learning about sustainable practices for healthcare and LEED-HC. Building upon the authors' combined expertise, the book includes LEED-HC information and guidelines, as well as case studies of the best projects, and contributed essays by acknowledged experts on topics related to sustainable design for healthcare.
Sustainable Commercial Interiors
In Sustainable Commercial Interiors, coauthors Penny Bonda, a noted expert on interior design and sustainability, and Katie Sosnowchik, an interior design editor and innovator, share their passion for environmental advocacy while offering designers and architects the technical knowledge important for success in this evolving discipline. Based on the premise that designers, with their power to create, have responsibilities beyond others, Sustainable Commercial Interiors is a vital tool for both novice and veteran green-minded practitioners.
Women in Green: Voices of Sustainable
Is there a greener gender? Studies show that women are more likely than men to support environmental causes through voting, activism, and consumer choices. In Women in Green: Voices of Sustainable Design, Kira Gould and Lance Hosey explore the unique contribution of women to the field of sustainable design through informal conversations with architects, designers, consultants, policymakers, educators, and students, finding that women may be changing how we all see our world and our work.
Who's Green 2008
The Directory of Who's Green in the Design and Construction industry. Who's Green? 2008 is the annual directory published by Ecotone Publishing, designed to serve as the pre-eminent resource book for locating firms, companies, organizations and institutions that are actively participating in the growth of the green building industry. With special content including an interview with USGBC President, Rick Fedrizzi, Who's Green 2008 contains contact information and profiles for the principal organizations involved in the North American green building industry.
The Making of a Conservative Environmentalist
If you can find another book endorsed by both Greenpeace and Republican strategist and commentator Mary Matalin, let us know. In 1989, President George Bush appointed lawyer and former diplomat Gordon Durnil as the US chairman of the International Joint Commission (IJC), an American-Canadian organization charged with protecting the environment of the Great Lakes, the world's second-largest freshwater resource. The experience transformed the conservative Republican Durnil into a Republican conservationist. Under his leadership, the IJC recommended a phase-out strategy for chlorinated products. In this book, Durnil tells his story, examines the strategies and tactics of environmental groups and big business, and explains why political conservatives should be leading the effort to take precautionary steps to eliminate persistent toxic chemicals from the environment.
The Assault on Reason
In New York Times bestselling The Assault on Reason former U.S. Vice President Al Gore argues that there is a trend in U.S. politics towards ignoring facts and analysis when making policy decisions. Gore also suggests the average citizen must be proactive in "restoring democracy" and expresses hope that the medium of the Internet will supersede television, and what he argues is its inherent bias, creating a "marketplace of ideas" that has not been present since the replacement of the printed word with mass media.
In his recent book Blessed Unrest, Paul Hawken locates the green building movement in the context of what he calls the "largest social movement in human history" for environmental and social justice. Hawken provides insightful context and analysis, a new framework for letting us see some of the old debates with a new set of eyes and a new hope.
Greed to Green
New Orleans: The Making of an Urban Landscape
Philosophy of Sustainable Design
The Ecological Engineer: Volume One, KEEN Engineering
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