Book Review: the Green Book

The Green Book by Elizabeth Rogers and Thomas M. Kostigen

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We have this book at the Outdoor Recreation office, so I picked it up and started reading it today. This book is the perfect guide to living the most sustainable life possible in all aspects of your daily routine. I did not create a blog post on Earth Day (shame on me), so this will serve as my delayed ode to the Earth.

While some of Rogers and Kostigen’s words of advice seem like common sense, others are really not so obvious. For example, Rogers and Kostigen state that if all answering machines were swapped for voicemail services, the air pollution would decrease to the equivalency of 250,000 less cars on the road per year. Who woulda thunk?

There were a few things specifically which really sparked my interest and made me think about how my daily routine affects the environment. Running outside as opposed to running on a treadmill saves an immense amount of energy, and as a pretty regular treadmill runner (especially in the winter months) this really stuck in my mind. Here on out, I will never rely on a treadmill for my sweat-session if the weather permits me to run outside.

This step-by-step guide consists of 12 chapters, each dedicated to an area of people’s everyday lives. They include:

    • Home
    • Entertainment
    • Travel
    • Communication/ Technology
    • School
    • Work
    • Shopping
    • Health & Beauty
    • Sports
    • Money & Finance
    • Building
    • Going Carbon Neutral

The last chapter provides formulas allowing you to calculate your carbon footprint, as well as advice on what you can do to offset that number. I think that every household should own a copy of The Green Book. It shows how easy it really is to practice a sustainable lifestyle, how simple changes can make such a huge impact on our planet, and why it is so important to start caring about the Earth.

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