By now I hope you’ve had a chance to read our feature article in the July/August issue of SB&F entitled, "Are You Green Yet? Resources to Inspire Eco-Friendly Living." (This article is available to subscribers only.) In the article we recommend resources with tips to help children and adults reduce their carbon footprint. Along with eco-friendly advice, the books also include information to help readers increase their knowledge and understanding of hot topic environment issues. As is usually the case, as soon as we put the list of resources together for the article another interesting title shows up on my desk that deserves to be mentioned. The new book from Island Press, Chasing Molecules: Poisonous Products, Human Health, and the Promise of Green Chemistry (September 2009), is sure to spark some lively debate. The book takes a hard look at thousands of synthetic chemicals found in everything from baby bottles to electronics to cookware. The author, Elizabeth Grossman, is an investigative journalist and author of High Tech Trash: Digital Devices, Hidden Toxins, and Human Health (Island Press, 2006) which received a "Recommended" rating from SB&F in our September / October 2006 issue (available to subscribers). In Chasing Molecules Grossman discusses the potential of green chemistry and introduces readers to some of the scientists at the frontlines of the industry. Grossman is optimistic about the benefits of the green chemistry revolution. She discusses “benign by design,” a manufacturing processes that consider health impacts at every stage. Look for a review of the book in an upcoming issue of SB&F.
Also, if you have not had a chance to check out the blog http://greeningyourlibrary.wordpress.com/, please do! Updated regularly, the blog has ideas, practices, tools, and techniques to help libraries become more environmentally friendly and save money. One recent post talked about eco-friendly fonts (typefaces that use the least amount of ink), and included a link to printable signs requesting library patrons to make 2-sided copies. Collectively, little changes go a long way!
21 Aug 2009 2:08 PM