Online Resources


Ellis Jones, Ross Haenfler, Brett Johson and Brian Klocke. 2001. The Better World Handbook. New Society Publishers. — The book summarizes our society’s most pressing problems that lead directly to seven foundations necessary for building a better world: economic fairness, comprehensive peace, ecological sustainability, deep democracy, social justice, a culture of simplicity, and revitalized community. To support the seven foundations for a better world the book explores alternative activities around topics such as food, money, transportation, work, and media.

Stoyke. 2007. The Carbon Buster's Home Energy Handbook. New Society Publisher. — The first book in North America to provide a detailed carbon accounting of a family’s carbon emissions and how to reduce them, it systematically analyzes energy costs and evaluates which measures yield the highest returns for the environment and the pocketbook.

Boyd & Suzuki. 2008. David Suzuki's Green Guide. Greystone Books. — This timely book identifies the most effective ways individuals can be more green in four key areas: home, travel, food, and consumerism.

A. Vasil. 2007. Ecoholic: Your Guide to the Most Environmentally Friendly Information, Products and Services in Canada. Vintage Canada. — Canada's best resource for practical tips and products that help you do your part for the earth.

McKenzie-Mohr. 201. Fostering Sustainable Behavior: An Introduction to Community-Based Social Marketing., New Society Publishers. — This third edition explains how the field of community-based social marketing has emerged as an effective tool for encouraging positive social change.

Deacon. 2008. Green for Life. Penguin Group. — Well known for her involvement in environmental issues, Gillian Deacon takes you through the stuff of everyday life and explains how to do it with minimal environmental impact.

The National Geographic Society. 2008. Green Guide: The Complete Reference for Consuming Wisely. National Geographic Ventures. — Presented in concise, information-packed chapters, this up-to-the-minute resource touches on every aspect of our lives, from grocery shopping to housecleaning to work, travel, and investing--enabling consumers to make informed decisions and simple changes that impact the planet in big ways.

Sandbeck. 2008. Green Housekeeping. Simon & Schuster. — Great reference for all housecleaning matters.

Greg Horn. November 2006. Living Green: A Practical Guide to Simple Sustainability. Freedom Press. — Based on a lifetime of research and practice, this practical guide for living green offers advice and solutions you can easily put into practice, like how soft plastic water bottles hurt your health, your pocket book and our environment, with a simple and refreshing alternative.

Gershon. 2006. Low Carbon Diet: A 30 Day Program to Lose 5000 Pounds. Empowerment Institute. — This book guides readers through an accessible step-by-step program for personal CO2-reduction that leaves them empowered and inspired at the difference they can make toward the issue of our time.

Beavan. 2010. No Impact Man: The Adventures of a Guilty Liberal Who Attempts to Save the Planet, and the Discoveries He Makes About Himself and Our Way of Life in the Process. Picador. — For one year, Colin Beavan swore off plastic and toxins, turned off his electricity, went organic, became a bicycle nut, and tried to save the planet from environmental catastrophe while dragging his young daughter and his Prada-wearing wife along for the ride. Together they attempted to make zero impact on the environment while living right in the heart of Manhattan, and this is the sensational, funny, and consciousness-raising story of how they did it.

Mathis Wackernagel and William Rees. 1996. Our Ecological Footprint: Reducing Human Impact on the Earth. New Society Publishers. — A research effort from the UBC School of Community and Regional Planning which uses the concept of the area of the earth required by our lifestyle habits to graphically illustrate our ecological impact.

Hill & O’Neill. 2008. Ready, Set, Green: Eight Weeks to Modern Eco-living. Random House. — This guide to modern green living offers solutions to make your everyday decisions more eco-friendly.

David Suzuki. 1997. The Sacred Balance: Rediscovering Our Place in Nature. Douglas and McIntyre. — Suzuki provides concrete suggestions for how we can meet our basic needs and create a way of life that is ecologically sustainable, fulfilling and just.

Mark A. Burch. 1995. Simplicity: Notes, Stories and Exercises for Developing Unimaginable Wealth. New Society Publishers. — Burch explores voluntary simplicity as a thoughtfully chosen, richly rewarding and socially fulfilling lifestyle, and sketches alternatives to our often unsatisfying culture of consumption.

Farquharson. 2009. Sleeping Naked is Green: How an Eco-Cynic Unplugged Her Fridge, Sold Her Car, and Found Love in 366 Days. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. — Farquharson takes on the intense personal challenge of making one green change to her lifestyle every single day for a year to ultimately figure out what's doable and what's too hardcore.

Dave Brummet, Lillian Brummet. 2004. Trash Talk: An Inspirational Guide to Saving Time and Money Through Better Waste and Resource Management. — Trash Talk is about changing people’s mind-sets by providing thought-provoking ideas that inspire readers to participate from the ground level in their waste reduction efforts. All the ideas are relatively simple and do not require any special skills or tools.

Kim Mckay, Jenny Bonnin. True Green: 100 Everyday Ways you Can Contribute to a Healthier Planet. National Geographic (April 10 2007). — True Green explores six key areas where small changes can make a big difference: In the Home; In the Garden; At Work; Shopping; Travel; and In the Community.