Category Archives: Books

“Toms River: A Story of Science and Salvation” wins Pulitzer Prize for General Non-Fiction

The award cites it as:

a book that deftly combines investigative reporting and historical research to probe a New Jersey seashore town’s cluster of childhood cancers linked to water and air pollution.

For more information on the book, check out its page on GoodReads.

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Posted by on April 15, 2014 in Books


Book review: ‘Windfall’ asks who’s cashing in on climate change

Read the full story at GreenBiz.

A new book, ‘Windfall: The Booming Business of Global Warming,’ explores climate change profiteering. Here’s why it’s important for sustainability professionals to read.


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Posted by on March 20, 2014 in Books, Climate change


Poison Spring: The Secret History of Pollution and the E.P.A.

Read the full review in Booklist.

Two outstanding environmental writers team up to tell the excoriating story of catastrophic collusion between the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the chemical industry.

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Posted by on February 19, 2014 in Books, Chemical industry, Regulation


Top 10 Books on Sustainability 2013

Booklist has released its annual list of top sustainability books.

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Posted by on February 19, 2014 in Books


Ellen MacArthur Foundation book: circular economy thinkers set out views

Read the full story in The Guardian.

Theory’s leading thinkers and practitioners call for end to fossil fuel use, monopolies and using GDP as the sole metric of success.
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Posted by on February 11, 2014 in Books, Green business


Ecologist James Ludwig discusses the “Dismal State of the Great Lakes”

Read the full story in Great Lakes Echo.

In his new book, “The Dismal State of the Great Lakes,” ecologist James Ludwig explains his personal and professional journey in realizing the extensive damage that has been done to the Great Lakes.

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Posted by on February 3, 2014 in Books, Great Lakes


Product Stewardship Speakers Series: Adam Minter

The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency hosted Adam Minter, author of Junkyard Planet, as part of their Product Stewardship Speakers Series. He offered his insights into the global nature of recycling.

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Posted by on November 27, 2013 in Books, E-waste, Recycling, Video


Not Dead Yet: America’s manufacturing sector shows signs of life.

Read the full review in City Journal.

Made in the U.S.A.: The Rise and Retreat of American Manufacturing, by Vaclav Smil (MIT Press, 256 pp., 27.95)

Conventional wisdom holds that America’s transition from a manufacturing to a service-based economy is nearly complete. Mining and making stuff are out; surgery and software development are in. The U.S. has entered a post-industrial era. Not so fast, says Vaclav Smil. In his new book, Made in the U.S.A.: The Rise and Retreat of American Manufacturing, Smil argues persuasively that manufacturing matters as much in the current century as it did in the last—and that a revitalized manufacturing sector is vital for restoring growth, jobs, and American social dynamism.

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Posted by on November 5, 2013 in Books, Manufacturing


Books | Trash of the titans

Read the full story at SmartPlanet.

If you’re in a public place playing a ’90s radio station, the song “Ironic” by Alanis Morissette will almost certainly cause an esoteric tiff. Rain-soaked weddings and fly-filled wineglasses, many claim, are actually misidentified examples of Murphy’s Law.

In his first book, Junkyard Planet: Travels in the Billion-Dollar Trash Trade (Bloomsbury Press, $26, out Nov. 12 and excerpted here), author Adam Minter likewise sends brain cells scattering when he outdoes even the anti-Alanisites with his thesis: “recycling” isn’t technically recycling.

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Posted by on November 4, 2013 in Books, Recycling


Altered book art and halloween costume in one

Presenting…the diction-fairy. Picture from the Children’s Reading Foundation’s Facebook page. A quick Google search yielded instructions for an adult-sized version at Lilliedale. Happy crafting!


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Posted by on October 23, 2013 in Books, Crafts, Holidays, K-12, Libraries


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