Books

365 Ways to Save the Earth (2005) Phillippe Bourseiller. For every day of the year the author presents a stunning photograph and a simple, environment-friendly action that enables the reader to participate in the protection of planet Earth. Go on a daily journey through our planet, from the immensities of the ice flow to the fury of the volcano.

50 Green Projects for the Evil Genius (2009) Jamil Shariff. A valuable guide to building 50 projects that can be used to reduce environmental impact in everyday life. Filled with over 100 detailed illustrations, the book presents practical projects that can be built, assembled, or installed by the non-specialist.

50 Simple Things Kids Can Do To Save The Earth (1990) The Earth Works Group, Grades: 4-7. This book explains 50 things that kids can do to keep the environment clean. It’s full of ideas and projects that will show kids how they can make a difference in their home, their school and their neighborhood.

50 Simple Things You Can Do To Save The Earth (1989) The Earth Works Group, Grades: 9-Adult. This book is a practical, entertaining, and informative guide to the things you can do to help protect the Earth.

50 Simple Things Your Business Can Do To Save The Earth (1991) The Earth Works Group, Grades: 9-Adult. This book is full of ideas every company can put to use right now to save resources and money.

A Clean Sky, The Global Warming Story (2007) Robyn C. Friend and Judith Love Cohen, Ages 12 and up. This book tells the story of the global warming challenge and some of the things we can do to meet it. This challenge presents unique opportunities to create new technology and new industries that can make large changes in the way we use the Earth’s resources.

A Pig Tale (1993) Olivia Newton-John, Grades: K-3. Ziggy proudly invites other piglets and their parents to see what his father has made from all the things he has been saving.

All About Compost: Recycling Household and Garden Waste (1999) Pauline Pears, Grades: 1-12. Over 160 informative and clear step-by-step photographs illustrate all you need to know about making and using compost.

An Inconvenient Truth (2006) Al Gore, Grades: 7-Adult. Our climate crisis may at times appear to be happening slowly, but in fact it is happening very quickly – and has become a true planetary emergency. This book discusses all aspects of global warming and how it will affect the earth.

Annelida: The Wonder Worm (1991) Kathleen B. Diepenbrock, Grades: 1-3. This book tells the tale of Annelida, the worm, and how she and her family help a farmer with his apple trees.

Awesome Things to Make With Recycled Stuff (2003) Heather Smith and Joe Rhatigan Grades: 5-6. Provides instructions for using recycled materials to create fifty different crafts and offers tips for an earth-friendly lifestyle.

Beyond Recycling: A Re-user’s Guide (1997) Kathy Stein, Grades: 9-Adult. This guide describes 336 environment friendly, money-saving ways to re-use 70 types of common products.

Biking to Work (2008) Rory McMullen, Adult. A complete guide for making biking to work a safe reality for the beginning bike commuter.

Bob’s Recycling Day (2001) Annie Auerbach, Grades: Pre K – 1. A Bob the Builder Book. It’s recycling day for Bob and the team. By using the enclosed reusable stickers, readers help sort out newspapers, bottles, plastic, and cans. Will Farmer Pickles’s tea set end up in the wrong pile? Find out in this interactive story about teamwork!

Brother Eagle, Sister Sky (1991) Susan Jeffers Grades: 1-4. Chief Seattle’s words have been transformed into an experience children of all ages and localities can use to stimulate an awareness of a natural world that is rapidly losing its beauty. This book helps preserve what is being lost.

Complete Trash: The Best Way to Get Rid of Practically Everything Around the House (1989) Norm Crampton, Grades: 2-6. This book details how to dispose of about 80 items. Methods of disposing include recycling, burning, burying, and composting.

Conservationworks Book, The (1992) Lisa Capone and Cady Goldfield, Grades: 3-6. Learn hundreds of great ideas for saving energy and protecting the planet with easy text and lighthearted sketches.

Constructed Wetlands for the Treatment of Landfill Leachates (1999) George Mulamoottil, Edward McBean and Frank Rovers, Grades: 9-Adult. The improvements in the design of landfills results in extending the contaminating life span of these facilities. Constructed wetlands are increasingly being employed to treat landfill leachate, and the use of natural systems in waste management seems to be gaining in popularity as a result of their sustainability and cost savings.

Consumer Guide to Home Energy Savings – 7th edition (1999) Alex Wilson, Jennifer Thorne, and John Morrill, Grades: 9-Adult. This book will help you find energy-saving products and show you how to use them most effectively.

Consumer Guide to Home Energy Savings – 8th edition (2003) Alex Wilson, Jennifer Thorne, and John Morrill, Grades 9-Adult. This book is for people who care about their budgets and about the environment. It will help you find energy-saving products.

Consumer’s Guide to Effective Environmental Choices: Practical Advice from the Union of Concerned Scientists, The (1999) Michael Brower and Warren Leon, Grades: 9-Adult. This book is a clear, practical, and rational overview of the relationship between consumers and the environment.

Cradle to Cradle: Remaking the Way We Make Things (2002) William McDonough and Michael Braungart, Grades: 9-Adult. An excerpt: This book is not a tree. It is printed on a synthetic “paper” and bound into a book format developed by an innovative book packager. Unlike the paper with which we are familiar, it does not use any wood pulp or cotton fiber but is made from plastic resins and inorganic fillers. This material is not only waterproof, extremely durable, and (in many localities) recyclable by conventional means.

Crafts from Recyclables: Great Ideas from Throwaways (1992) Edited by Colleen Van Blaricom,Grades: 3-6. This book contains 26 projects, all require scissors. Instructions for making a variety of objects from household discards. Items to reuse include egg cartons, plastic soda bottles, paper bags, and more.

Creating by Recycling: Crafts for all Seasons (2000) Anna Llimos and Laia Sadurni, Grades: 4-6. Provides instructions for 14 craft projects using such recycled items as foam trays, empty soda cans, cardboard tubes, plastic bottles and pieces of cloth.

Creative Juice: 45 Re-Crafting Projects to Make with Recycled Stuff (2007) Cathie Filian, Steve Placenza. A crafty do-it-yourself guide to recycling ordinary items and turning them into extraordinary art. Every clever idea comes for the wildly imaginative minds of crafting duo, Cathie Filian and Steve Placenza, host of DIY Network’s Creative Juice.

Design, Construction, and Monitoring of Landfills – Second Edition (1994) Amalendu Bagchi, This book provides a comprehensive survey of the current theory and practice of landfill engineering. It serves as the ideal desk reference for environmental, civil, and geotechnical engineers, hydrogeologists, and others who manage hazardous and non-hazardous waste disposal. It is also an ideal introduction for anyone interested in the fundamentals of landfill technology.

Design of Landfills and Integrated Solid Waste Management (Third Edition) (2004) High School & Adults. Bagchi, Amalendu. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 605 Third Avenue, New York, NY 10158-0012. This book focuses on reduction, utilization, and disposal of solid waste, and redevelopment of contaminated land and was written primarily for engineers and technical professionals involved in ISWM and landfill design.

Don’t Throw It Out: Recycle, Renew, and Reuse to Make Things Last (2007) Lori Baird, Yankee Magazine, editors of Yankee Magazine, Adult. This book is packed with ideas to help you extend the life of your treasure possessions and keep you still-usable household items out of the landfill when you’ve decided you no longer need them. What should you recycle, renew, and reuse? Practically everything!

Down-to-Earth Guide to Global Warming, The (2007) Laurie David and Cambria Gordon, Ages 9-12. Irreverent and entertaining, DOWN TO EARTH is filled with fact about global warming and its disastrous consequences, loads of photos and illustrations, as well as suggestions for how kids can help combat global warming in their homes, schools, and communities. Engagingly designed, DOWN TO EARTH will educate and empower, leaving readers with the knowledge they need to understand this problem and a sense of hope to inspire them into action

Earth Book for Kids: Activities To Help Heal the Environment (1990) Linda Schwartz, Grades: 4-6. This book was written to show you some of the ways in which you can make a difference. The facts presented in this book will help you understand the problems. The arts-and-crafts ideas, experiments, recycling projects, research topics, and other activities will help you become involved and discover some solutions. The earth-words will introduce you to other people who have cared about the earth, etc.

Earth Day – The Beginning: A Guide for Survival (1970) Compiled and Edited by the National Staff of Environmental Action, Grades: 8-12. This book describes how we are destroying the earth and how we can make this planet a better place to live.

Earth-Friendly Crafts for Kids – 50 Awesome Things to Make with Recycled Stuff (2002) Heather Smith with Joe Rhatigan, Grades: 1-5. Youngsters are challenged to look for recyclable items and create a wide range of useful, playful, and decorative items.

Earth-Friendly Holidays: How To Make Fabulous Gifts and Decorations from Reusable Objects (1995) George Pfiffner, Grades: 3-6. Excerpt from page 9: “In this book, there are 29 holiday projects for you to make. Every project is made out of already used materials. As you learn how to make cool holiday projects, you will also be learning how to help the environment. We’ve included information about recycling and tips on how you can help.”

Earth-Friendly Outdoor Fun: How to Make Fabulous Games, Gardens, and other Projects from Reusable Objects (1996) George Pfiffner, Grades: 3-6 . Includes step-by-step instructions on how to convert materials such as scrap cardboard and plastic bottles into items for outdoor fun and use. Twenty-five projects under the headings of Outdoor Games; Gardening; Other Outdoor Fun; and Weather Fun.

Earth-Friendly Wearables: How To Make Fabulous Clothes and Accessories from Reusable Objects (1994) George Pfiffner, Grades: 3-6. When you start thinking about things in a new way, you can see that what used to be a toilet-paper tube is now a bracelet; what used to be an old pair of jeans is now a tote bag. This book are about using your imagination to make new things out of old “trash.” There are 28 wearables to make, each one is made out of already-used materials. We’ve included information about recycling, and tips on how you can help.

EarthScore: Your Personal Environmental Audit & Guide (1993) Lotter, D. Morning Sun Press, P. O. Box 413, Lafayette, CA 94549. An excerpt: This book will connect you to the earth. To be more precise, it will help make you aware of your connections to the earth. Physically, we interact with the earth in hundreds of different ways, most often indirectly through the things we buy – like food, consumer goods, and electricity – but also indirectly in acts such as driving and gardening.

Earthways: Simple Environmental Activities for Young Children (1992) Carol Petrash, Grades: 1-4. Excerpt from page 11: “A loving relationship with nature will not only promote health for our planet but health for our children as well. Contact with nature can bring simplicity back into the lives of our children (and parents and teachers!): the simplicity of nature’s pace, the simplicity of the seasons. All children should have the opportunity to delight in the simple sound of a bird’s song; in the texture of a tree’s bark; in the sweet sell of freshly turned earth. Divided into the four seasons, some of the activities include Leaf Banners, Wooden Candleholders, Round Wind Wands, Butterfly Crowns.

Earthwise at Home and Earthwise at Play (1993) Linda Lowery and Marybeth Lorbiecki, Grades: K-6. Written for a wide audience, these books can be used for reading aloud to kindergartners or for encouraging independent young readers. Older readers will be delighted by the exciting facts, new technology, and real-life examples of children taking action to protect their planet.

Earthwise at Home (1993) Linda Lowery and Marybeth Lorbiecki, covers household ecology, such as reusing, recycling, water use, renewable energy, and smart shopping – while providing activities children can do with their families.

Earthwise at Play (1993) Linda Lowery and Marybeth Lorbiecki, introduces endangered species and habitats, explaining ecological concepts along the way. Kids are shown how they can enjoy and save wildlife both nearby and far away.

Easy Recycling Handbook: What to recycle and how to buy recycled…without all the garbage (1994) Dee McVicker, Grades: 9-12. The no-nonsense guide to recycling in your home or office.

EcoArt!: Earth-Friendly Art and Craft Experiences for 3-to 9-Year-Olds (1993) Laurie Carlson, Grades: PreK-4. Excerpt from the book: “All of the art and craft projects in this book relate to good ecological practices– respect for nature and a love of nature, good recycling efforts, and reusing everything that you possibly can. As you look to nature for inspiration, you will be strengthening your commitment to do your part to save the earth. As you create treasures out of trash, you will open your eyes to all sorts of possibilities for using things that would otherwise end up in our landfills. There really is an art to safeguarding our ecology – in more ways than one!”

Ecocrafts Georgous Gifts: Use Recycled Materials to Make Cool Crafts (2007) Rebecca Craig, Ages 8 to 10. Wow friends and family with eco-conscious, cool and highly individual gifts that cannot be found in any store. From cute and colorful sock puppets for a younger sibling to stylish stationary. These accessible and easy-to-follow projects will keep children engrossed for hours.

Eco-Fun (2001) David Suzuki and Kathy Vanderlinden, Grades: 4-6. These 48 activities are designed to stimulate understanding, knowledge, and appreciation of our ecosystem. They are organized into five chapters: “A Breath of Fresh Air,” “Waterworks,” “Earthborn,” “All Fired Up,” and “Our Fine Feathered (and Leafy) Friends.”

Ecology Crafts for Kids: 50 Great Ways to Make Friends With Planet Earth (1998) Bobbe Needham, Grades: 4-6. Excerpt: “Watch what you’re throwing out! Find out how you can create…mosaics from eggshells, birds from newspaper. Start with materials from nature and create t-shirts with potatoes, picture frames from twigs, and whole villages of houses from rocks.”

Ecology for Every Kid: Easy Activities that Make Learning Science Fun (1996) Janice VanCleave, Grades: 3-6. Exciting ideas, projects, and activities for schools, science fairs, and just plain fun!

Ecology of Commerce (The): A Declaration of Sustainability (1994) Paul Hawken, A visionary new program that businesses can follow to help restore the planet.

Energy (2007) Jon Clift, Adult. Use less – save more – 100 energy saving tips for everything in your home or business. Includes suggestions on heating and cooling, lighting, cooking, appliances and much more. Also provides an overview on renewable energy options.

Environmental Pathways-Youth Investigating Pollution Issues in Illinois (2006) Illinois Environmental Protection Agency, Grades: 5-6. This curriculum represents a comprehensive approach to environmental issues. The intent of this material is to develop critical thinking skills which will enable students to understand and make independent decisions regarding both current and future environmental issues.

Environmental Science: 49 Science Fair Projects (1990) Robert L. Bonnet and G. Daniel Keen, Grades: 3-8. This book contains a collection of fun and educational projects that will raise the awareness of young experimenters to the effects of pollution, landfill decomposition, water contamination, chemical waste, and environmentally stressed wildlife.

Everything Kids’ Environment Book: Learn how you can help the environment by getting involved at school, at home, or at play (2007) Sheri Amsel, Ages 9 – 12. Everything we do has an impact on the world around us, from the clothes we wear and food we eat to the gardens we grow and the trash we throw away. It’s important to make smart choices and with this book you will find out what you can do every day to help protect our planet. You will also learn why the rainforest is so important to us, how animals go extinct, and what environmentalists can tell us about taking good care of our world.

Final Covers for Solid Waste Landfills and Abandoned Dumps (1997) Robert Koerner, Grades 9-Adult. This book on final covers refers to engineered cover (also called “cap”) systems that are placed over solid waste landfills, abandoned dumps, or contaminated materials. All types of solid waste materials (nonhazardous and hazardous) are considered.

Garbage and Recycling (2008) Helen Orme, Ages 4-8. Each person in the United States throws away about three-quarters of a ton of garbage every year. What happens to all that garbage? How can people get rid of their garbage while still caring for the environment? Discover how recycling can help protect the planet.

Garbage and Recycling: Environmental Facts and Experiments (1995) Sally Morgan and Rosie Harlow, Grades: PreK-3. This book looks at the problems of producing too much garbage and explains how recycling can help to make our environment a cleaner and safer place. It suggests lots of experiments and things to look out for, as well as ways to reduce, reuse, and recycle our waste.

Garbage and Recycling: Opposing Viewpoints (2003) Greenhaven Press, Grades: 9-12. Is garbage a serious problem? – Is recycling effective? – Is toxic waste disposal a serious problem? – What innovations will help reduce waste? The basic foundation of our democracy is the First Amendment guarantee of freedom of expression. The Opposing Viewpoints Series is dedicated to the concept of this basic freedom and the idea that it is more important to practice it than to enshrine it.

Garbage Collectors In My Neighborhood (1998) Paulette Bourgeois and Kim LaFave, Grades: K-2. Informative and entertaining in every detail, this colorful picture book introduces young children to the important work of garbage collectors in their neighborhood.

Garbage Land: On the Secret Trail of Trash (2005) Elizabeth Royte, Grades: 9-Adult. “With a wink and a nod and a tightly clasped nose, Royte takes us on a bizarre cultural tour through slime, stench, and heat – in other words, through the back end of our evermore supersized lifestyles. By showing us what happens to the things we’ve ‘disposed of,’ Royte reminds us that our decisions about consumption and waste have a very real impact.

Geotechnical Aspects of Landfill Design and Construction (2002) Xuede Qian, Robert Koerner and Donald Gray, Grades: 9-Adult. This book addresses landfill siting, design, and construction issues in a comprehensive manner. The characteristics of landfill containment envelopes and their design/construction are treated in detail.

Global Warming The Threat of Earth’s Changing Climate (2001) Laurence Pringle, Grades 4-6. Earth is getting warmer. Global warming is perhaps the most prominent environmental issue of the past decade.

Gone Tomorrow: The Hidden Life of Garbage (2005) Heather Rogers, Grades 9-Adult. Every day a phantasmagoric rush of spent, used, and broken riches flows through our homes, offices, and cars. Eat a take-out meal, buy a pair of shoes, or read a newspaper, and you’re soon faced with a bewildering amount of trash. The author addresses issues by guiding the reader through the grisly, oddly fascinating underworld of trash. This book also explores the politics of recycling.

Great Trash Bash, The (1991) Loreen Leedy, Grades: K-2. The animal citizens of Beaston discover better ways to recycle and control their trash. Young people can learn how to “bash the trash” in their own communities by following the steps taken by Loreen Leedy’s charming cast of characters.

Green Building & Remodeling For Dummies (2007) Eric Corey Freed, This book is your friendly, step-by-step guide to every facet of the Earth-friendly method of construction. Building a home-even a green home-uses plenty or resources and energy. This practical, hands-on book shows you how to build or remodel conscientiously, whether your dream home is a simple remodel or a brand-new multimillion dollar mansion.

Green Computing and Green IT Best Practices on Regulations and Industry Initiative, Virtualization, Power Management, Materials Recycling and Telecommuting (2008) Jason Harris. This is a great book as it highlights Green IT in a clean and compelling way and shows how, really, the business case for sustainability has been largely proven. This is a quality, believable business book that will help especially managerial staff understand this topic in biz terms most known to them.

Green Consumer, The (1990) John Elkington, Julia Hailes, and Joel Makower, Grades: 9-12. This book gives practical information on products and companies to consumers who wish to be more environmentally aware (“green”) in their purchases.

Green From the Ground Up: Sustainable, Healthy, and Energy-Efficient Home Construction (Builder’s Guide) (2008) David Johnston, Scott Gibson. A thorough, informative, and up-to-date reference on green, sustainable and energy-efficient home construction that clarifies definitions of green and sustainable and guides builders and architects through the process of new or remodel green construction, including issues of site, landscaping, durability, and energy-efficiency. This book gives builders and architects the tools to respond to growing requests from homeowners for green and energy-efficient houses, whether new or remodeled. Homeowners can use the book to understand the concepts, process, and options, whether they are doing it themselves or working with a professional.

Green Guide: The Complete Reference for Consuming Wisely (2008) Donna Garlough. Paper or plastic? Organic or conventional? In a world that is rapidly going “green”, how does the average person make decisions that are smart for the family, and good for the planet? This book 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.

Green House: Eco-Friendly Disposal and Recycling at Home (2008) Norm Crampton, An A – Z guide to disposing and recycling all varieties of common household trash. It provides informative, comprehensive and practical information for adopting greener and more earth friendly habits of disposal by promoting recycling and living a little lighter.

Greening Your Office (2008) Jon Clift. An A-Z guide for offices of all sizes, from energy use and better supply purchases to recycling and reusing materials, plus summaries of a range of renewable energy options, commuting techniques, and more.

Ground-Water Monitoring (Practical Handbook of) (1991) David M. Nielsen. The experiences and expertise of more than 30 practicing scientists and engineers combine to cover the complete spectrum of state-of-the-science technology applied to investigations of ground-water quality. The most comprehensive reference compiled on the topic of ground-water monitoring.

Guide To Fun Recycling Projects for Educator’s, Illinois Department of Commerce and Community Affairs and University of Illinois Extension.

Here Comes the Recycling Truck! (1992) Meyer Seltzer, Grades: PreK-2. This book follows Elisa, the driver of a recycling truck, as she picks up papers, glass, and metals and takes them to the recycling center where they are prepared for recycling.

How We Know What We Know About Our Changing Climate, (2008) Lynne Cherry, Gary Braasch, ages 12 and up. When the weather changes daily, how do we really know that Earth’s climate is changing. Here is the science behind the headlines-evidence from nature, gathered by scientists from all over the world. Also comes with “A Teacher’s Guide” with lesson plans and activities.

HHWP’s Guide to Hazardous Products Around the Home (1989) HHWP Staff Members. A guide for hazardous products that are commonly used around the home and alternative that you can use for them.`

Hydrogeology (A Manual of Field) (1998) Laura L. Sanders. This book describes basic field techniques in hydrogeology. It begins by explaining the steps and considerations in planning a field study. It devotes a chapter to field techniques in surface water, and then moves on to ground water. Following these are chapters on methods and considerations for describing soils and rocks, drilling boreholes, designing and installing wells, and sampling and analyzing well water. The book details construction of hydrogeologic maps, cross-sections, and flow nets. And, finally, it describes some typical field situations the entry-level hydrogeologic professional is likely to encounter.

Hydrogeology (Manual of Applied Field) (2001) Willis D. Weight and John L. Sonderegger. Practicing field hydrogeology is challenging, but you’ll be leagues ahead with the hands-on answers in this book. The Manual of Applied Field Hydrogeology covers actual procedures and real-world decisions not explained in textbooks. It provides plenty of practical examples.

I Can Save the Earth (2008) Allison Inches, Ages 4-6. Meet Max the Little Monster. He is a cute, furry green monster who is an environmental nightmare. Among other things, he leaves on all the lights, keeps his computer plugged in, blasts the TV, hoards his old toys. His excessive ways cause a power outage. With no electricity Max finds there is a whole big world outside that he can make a difference in the environment.

It’s Easy Being Green: A Handbook for Earth-Friendly Living (2006) Crissy Trask, Grades: 7-Adult. This friendly, informative guide offers advice and tips on: 1) adopting greener buying habits, 2) finding earth-friendly products, 3) shopping for green products online and 4) cultivating a sustainable environment.

Junk Beautiful: Room by Room Makeovers with Junkmarket Style (2008) Sue Whitney, KI Nassauer. One person’s trash is another’s treasure. From kitchen to home office they present their magic in every room of the house. With characteristic humor in tow, they take readers through each renovation adventure, from shopping for recycled materials to the actual construction projects. The gals also include complete materials lists, plus paint chips and fabric swatches, so that everything can be recreated down to the last detail.

Kids Care for the Earth: Kids Make a Difference (2002) Gare Thompson, Grades: 3-5. Produced through the worldwide resources of the National Geographic Society. The book centers on “Earth’s Natural Resources” and how we all need water to drink, land to grow food and build shelters, and air to breathe. But in the future will we have enough water, land, and air? How can we make sure we do? What actions can you take to help care for the Earth? Reading and Writing Focus, Social Studies Focus.

Landfill (2004) Angela Leeper, Grades: Pre K-2. A simple introduction to the purpose and workings of a landfill, describing what happens to garbage after you throw it away.

Landfill Bioreactor Design & Operation (1998) Debra R. Reinhart & timothy G. Townsend, Adult. This first-of-its-kind book provides regulators, designers, landfill owners, and operators with information that supports the utility of landfill bioreactors and provides design and operating criteria essential for the successfull application of this technology. The book covers the history and background of landfill technology, research studies of actual bioreactor landfills, expected leachate and gas yields, specific design criterea, operation guidelines, and reuse of landfill sites to avoid having to establish new sites.

Learn and Play the Recycle Way (1999) Rhonda Redleaf and Audrey Robertson, Grades: PreK-3. Turn items headed for the trash into safe and fun toys for teaching. This book contains over 100 homemade teaching tools. Children will love making drums from coffee cans, cactus gardens from peanut butter jars, planters from plastic bleach bottles, and all of the other creative and fun toys.

Let’s Recycle! (2007) Anne L. Mackenzie, Grades: K-2. This book describes and illustrates ways to recycle.

Likeable Recyclables: Creative Ideas for Reusing Bags, Boxes, Cans, and Cartons (1992) Linda Schwartz, Grades: K-3. This book offers an endless array of fun-filled ways to keep bottles, boxes, cans, cartons, cups, tubes, and other discards from finding their way into overcrowded landfills by transforming them into toys, games, and other objects. Some of the projects in this book require the use of an X-acto knife, a handsaw or coping saw, matches, candles, and spray paint. Adult supervision is required.

Lorax, The (1971) Dr. Seuss, Grades: PreK-4. This book tells the story of how the Lorax tries to protect the Truffula Trees from being cut down.

Low Carbon Diet (2006) David Gershon. This book is an easy to use guide that will show you, step by step, how to dramatically reduce you CO2 output in just a month’s time. It walks you through every step of the process, from calculating your current CO2 “footprint” to tracking your progress.

Michael Recycle (2008) Ellie Bethel, Ages 4-8. Michael Recycle tells the adventure of a young superhero whose power alloys him to teach people about recycling.

Mission Possible! Students Building Solutions for Their Community’s Recycling Needs (2003) Julia F. Walsh, Grades: 9-12 Teachers. This is an Illinois High School Teacher’s Guide. With this guide, Illinois teachers can teach and promote responsible handling of solid waste material.

My Big Green Teacher: Recycling (2008) Michelle Y. Glennon, Ages 4-8. Mrs. Knoodle is big and green and has hair that looks like lettuce. Meet teacher’s helper Little Bug and all the kids in her class. This book introduces children to a basic understanding of recycling. Fun activities and recycling ideas are included along with a song everyone can sing.

Municipal Solid Waste and the 3 Rs; An Illinois Elementary School Teacher’s Guide, Illinois Department of Commerce and Community Affairs, Bureau of Energy and Recycling.

Municipal Solid Waste and the 3 Rs; An Illinois Middle School Teacher’s Guide, Illinois Department of Commerce and Community Affairs, Bureau of Energy and Recycling.

Nontoxic & Natural, How to Avoid Dangerous Everyday Products and Buy or Make Safe Ones (1984) Debra Lynn Dadd, Grades: 9-Adult. This book will change the way you look at the world. While it opens our eyes to the invisible chemical dangers all around us, it also points the way to a whole new world of safe, practical, available, and nontoxic alternatives.

Nontoxic Home, Protecting Yourself and Your Family from Everyday Toxins and Health Hazards, The (1986) Debra Lynn Dadd, Grades: 7-Adult. This book is the concerned consumer’s guide to safe household products. The author shares her expertise in finding safe alternatives to potentially harmful substances.

Organic Crafts (2007) Kimberly Monaghan, Grades: K-3. This book contains 75 creative crafts, games and activities that can be made using objects that kids can collect from nature.

Organic Lawn Care Manual (2007) Paul Tukey, Grades 9 – adult. In the modern suburban landscape, beautiful, green lawns are perhaps the most ubiquitous feature of all. It’s difficult to imagine a friendly neighborhood without broad, clean stretches of neatly shorn grass. More and more in recent years, those lawns are evolving into organic systems as homeowners — concerned about the long-term effects of chemicals on their children, their pets, and the environment — turn to natural methods to keep their yards healthy and inviting, and, yes, still green and lush, too.

Pee Wee and the Magical Compost Heap (1992) Larraine Roulston, Grades: PreK-1. This book tells the story of Pee Wee the worm and how he and his friends help Nancy find her lost ring in the compost heap. There is also information on the materials to compost, the materials not to compost and a composting glossary.

Physics, Fun and Beyond (2006) Eduardo de Campos Valadares, Grades: 5-Adult. This book contains 110 projects that uncover the physics beneath everyday life. From wind tunnels to flying saucers, you’ll learn exactly how to safely build these experiments using low cost or recycled materials.

Planet Earth: 25 Environmental Projects You Can Build Yourself (2008) Kathleen M. Reilly, Ages 9-12. Children’s knowledge of the Earth and its ecology will blossom with this engaging guide to understanding and enriching the environment. The first half of the handbook provides an overview of the natural world and encourages children to get their hands dirty and actively connect with the environment while the second half introduces key environmental issues – wind and solar power, pollution, endangered species, global warming, and recycling.

Planning Guide for Residential Recycling Programs in Illinois (1995) Illinois Department of Commerce and Community Affairs, Bureau of Energy and Recycling.

Politically Incorrect Guide to Global Warming and Enviromentalism, The (2007) Christopher C. Horner. This book provides a provocative, entertaining, and well-documented expose of some of the most shamelessly politicized pseudo-science we are likely to see in our relatively cool lifetimes.

Pollution and Waste: Environmental Facts and Experiments (2001) Rosie Harlow and Sally Morgan, Grades: K-3. This book looks at pollution and waste and explains how we are damaging our environment by creating too much of it. It suggests lots of experiments and things to look out for, as well as ways we can help to make our world a cleaner and safer place.

Politically Incorrect Guide to Global Warming and Enviromentalism, The (2007) Christopher C. Hormer, This latest installment in the P.I.G. series provides a provocative, entertaining, and well-documented expose of some of the most shamelessly politicized pseudo-science we are likely to see in our relatively cool lifetimes.

Quest for Less; Activities and Resources for Teaching K-6, The (2000) EPA. A teacher’s Guide to Reducing, Reusing, and Recycling.

Recycle! A Handbook for Kids (1992) Gail Gibbons, Grades: 1-3. This book explains the process of recycling from start to finish and discusses what happens to paper, glass, aluminum cans, and plastic when they are recycled into new products.

Recycled Crafts Box (2003) Laura C. Martin, Grades: 2-6. This book contains sock puppets, cardboard castles, bottle bugs and 37 more earth-friendly projects and activities you can create. Each project features step-by-step illustrated instructions, and a full-color photo of the finished artwork.

Recycled Paper: From Start to Finish (2000) Samuel Woods, Grades: 3-6. This book answers the question: How does paper waste get recycled and re-used?

Recycle Every Day! (2003) Nancy Elizabeth Wallace, Grades: K-2. This book tells the story of Minna and her efforts to make a recycling poster for school. Also included is a Recycle Game and a Recycle Activity.

Recycler’s Handbook, The (1990) The Earth Works Group, Grades: 7-Adult. This practical, entertaining, easy-to-read guide shows you how to make recycling a part of your life.

Recycle That! (1995) Fay Robinson, Grades: PreK-1. Tells the story of recycling.

Recycling (2001) Rhonda Lucas Donald, Grades 1-3. This book explains the amount of trash we throw away each day and ways to reduce, reuse and recycle our waste.

Recycling (2006) Jen Green, Grades: 4-6. This book looks at what we throw away, how trash can be made into something new, and how we can avoid creating waste in the first place.

Recycling (2005) Eleanor J. Hall, Grades: 6-10. This book discusses what is recycling, the challenges and benefits of recycling and what the future holds for recycling.

Recycling Dump (1994) Andrea Butler, Grades: PreK-K. This is a Let Me Read book which is sized just right for small children and explains, in a whimsical way, some items that can be recycled.

Recycling: Fact or Fiction (2004) William E Shirey, Grades: 9-Adult. This book is quite a lot about fact in the sense that the scientific phenomenon applied is real. The fiction sense of the book, is that it will not ever be possible for people to organize and do what he created. He does not personally believe what he proposes to generate new business is impossible.

Recyclopedia: Games, Science Equipment, and Crafts from Recycled Materials (1976) Robin Simons, Grades: 4-6. This book has 118 pages of suggestions for games, crafts, and scientific equipment that can be made from recycled materials.

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle (2007) Nicky Scott, Adult. An easy household guide that has the answers to all you recycling questions.

Reducing and Recycling Waste (2005) Carol Inskipp, Grades: 2-4. Not all garbage is useless. Once we understand how to reduce, reuse, and recycle what we now consider trash, we can cut back on how much we throw out. By taking a closer look at how we handle rubbish, you will realize that even a small action by a single person can make a difference.

Rubbish!: The Archaeology of Garbage (2001) William Rathje and Cullen Murphy, Grades: 9-Adult. An excerpt: On a crisp October morning not long ago the sun ascended above the Atlantic Ocean and turned its gaze on a team of young researchers as they swarmed over what may be the largest archeological site in the world. The mound they occupied covers three thousand acres and in places rises more than 155 feet above a low-lying island. . . . The site was the Fresh Kills landfill on Staten Island in New York City.

Reusing and Recycling (Help the Environment) (2008) Charlotte Guilain, Ages 4-8. Introduces the concept of caring for our environment in an attractive and accessible way. Based on children’s real-life experiences, the book focus on things children can do to help the environment. Children learn about reusing and recycling common household materials including paper, glass, plastic, and metal.

Save Our Earth: Primary (1999) Kimberly Fields and Karen A. Brudnak, Grades: 1-3. Included in this book are favorite units from the 1991-1997 magazines, single ideas to extend a unit, and a variety of reproducible activities. Pick and choose from these activities to develop your own complete unit or to simply enhance your current lesson plans.

Saving Our Ancient Forests (1991) Seth Zuckerman, Grades: 6-9. A century of clear cutting now threatens to destroy the last remaining old growth forests and the wildlife that depends on them for survival. This handbook invites you to join forces with a growing national movement to save our ancient forests…forever.

Self-Sufficiency Handbook, The (2007) Alan Bridgewater, Gill Bridgewater. There’s practical information on building an insulated flue-pipe chimney, identifying edible wild plants, and composting with worms. Anyone considering a shift to a greener way of living must read this inspirational and practical guide. With easy-to-read layouts and simple text, it runs the full ecological gamut, from geothermal heating to crop rotation to soap making. In addition to recipes for jams and other delicious foods, three A-Z sections offer planting and harvesting instructions for vegetables and salad crops, fruits, and herbs.

Simply Green Giving (2008) Danny Seo. Shows you how to transform gift giving into a cleverly resourceful and rewarding activity. Turn VHS tapes into black blows. Make “global” fruit baskets to blooming terra cotta gift boxes. Year round ideas, simple and green hostess gifts, birthday presents, and more.

Sir Johnny’s Recycling Adventure (1999) Rachael P. Paulson, Grades: K-2. Johnny learns that the old newspapers he saves for recycling can be turned into new paper products. These products can be bought and thus continue the recycling loop.

Six Degrees: Our Future on a Hotter Planet (2008) Mark Lynas, This book outlines what to expect from a warming world, degree by degree. Based on authoritative scientific articles, the latest computer models, and information about the past warm events in Earth history, Six Degrees promises to be an eye-opening warning that humanity will ignore at its peril.

Solid Waste/Recycling Lesson Plan (1990), Grades K-6. Earth Day

Something Old, Something New: Recycling (2005) Anita Ganeri, Grades: 2-4. This book emphasizes the three R’s: Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle. It discusses all different types of waste and how we can use the three R’s to help our environment.

Squirmy Wormy Composters (1992) Bobbie Kalman and Janine Schaub, Grades: 4-6. This unique books teaches children about vermi-composting. It also describes how worms eat and how they break down the food.

Student Environmental Action Guide: 25 Simple Things We Can Do, The (1991) Javnarama/The Earth Works Group, Grades: 9-12. This book lists 25 things that you can do to protect the earth.

Stuff: The Secret Lives of Everyday Things (1997) John C. Ryan and Alan T. Durning, Grades: 9-12. This book follows a day in the life of a fictional, typical North American – a middle-class resident of Seattle. It is a day in which nothing terribly unusual or dramatic happens. Or so it seems.

Super Salads (2000) Mark Icanberry, Grades K-2. David , his huge dog Newton, and their friend Jessica spend all their free time building things and having adventures with their projects. In this book they build a green house. Directions on how to build a green house are in the back of this book.

This Is My Planet: The Kid’s Guide to Global Warming (2007) Jan Thornhill, Ages 9-12. This book gives young readers the tools they need to live their own lives more ecologically to improve our planet. A multitude of full-color photographs throughout the book.

Three R’s: Reuse, Reduce, Recycle, The (2007) Nuria Roca, Ages 6-6. This book teaches us many things we can do to reduce pollution. When we Reduce the number of different things we throw away–such as plastic bags–we help to keep the land where we live clean and the water that we drink fresh. It is also a good idea to Reuse, for example, by finding new uses for hand-me-downs that we might otherwise be tempted to throw away. And we can Recycle things like paper, cans, and bottles by placing them in collection areas where they can be picked up and made into new and useful things. Remembering these three R words is a good way for us to help make our planet a good place to live.

Trash! (1988) Charlotte Wilcox, Grades: 3-6. This book examines various methods of garbage disposal, with an emphasis on sanitary landfills but also surveying such alternatives as mass burn and recycling.

Trash and Recycling Level 2: Internet Referenced (2006) Stephanie Tumbull, Ages 6-8. Have you ever wondered what happens to the things you throw away? In this book you can find out more about the trash and follow its journey to be buried, burned, or recycled into something new.

Trashformations: Painted Treasures From Salvaged Stuff (2003) Jennifer Ferguson and Judith Skinner, Grades: 9-12. The authors show you how to reuse, recycle, and renovate. They use paints and stencils to give old doors, windows, drawers, moldings, and more a new lease on life.

Trash to Cash: How Businesses Can Save Money and Increase Profits (1996) Fran Berman, Grades: 9-Adult. This book is divided into four parts: Part One: “What A Mess We’re In!”; Part Two: “Who’s Gotten Out of This Mess? Case Studies”; Part Three: “How Do We Get Out of This Mess?” and Part IV: “Beyond the Paper Mess”.

Trash to Treasure Books Each Leisure Arts book shows how to make useful items from recycled cans, brown bags, bottles, cards, socks, boxes, old furniture, shutters, kitchen utensils and pans, empty detergent boxes, wallpaper scraps, fabric remnants, egg cartons, chipped cups and saucers, etc. Each project shows before pictures to help identify the “trash” in the projects, with easy-to-follow instructions and full-color photographs.

Trash to Treasure: Christmas (1999) Grades: 1-Adult. Devoted exclusively to Christmas. 120 projects

Trash to Treasure: The Recycler’s Guide to Creative Crafts (1996) Grades: 1-Adult. 140 projects

Trash to Treasure: The Year’s Best Creative Crafts (1999) Grades: 1-Adult. 100 projects

Trash to Treasure: The Year’s Best Creative Crafts (2000) Grades: 5-Adult. 95 projects

Trash to Treasure: The Year’s Best Creative Crafts (2001) Grades: 5-Adult. 109 projects

True Green At Work (2008) Kim McKay, This definitive do-it-yourself manual is for the working world – businesses, workers, and day-to-day life at the office. This manual tells everyone who holds a job from top executives on down the ladder, how to help minimize their company’s carbon footprint.

True Green Kids (2008) Kim MacKay, Jenny Bonnin, David de Rothschild, Ages 10-14. With fresh, new strategies and a bright friendly design, this book invites the whole family to embark on an ecoadventure through a series of fun ideas that can be applied everywhere from the living room to the local park.

Unstoppable Global Warming: Every 1,500 Years, Update and Expanded Edition (2008) S. Fred Singer, Dennis T. Avery, Adult. This book presents the compelling concept that global temperatures have been rising mostly or entirely because of a natural cycle. Using historic data from two millennia of recorded history combined with natural physical records, the authors argue that the 1,500 year solar-driven cycle that has always controlled the earth’s climate remains the driving force in the current warming trend.

Urban Recycling and the Search for Sustainable Community Development (2000) Adam Weinber, David Pellow and Allan Schnaiberg, Grades: 9-Adult. This is the first book to fully explore the range of impacts that recycling generates in our communities. It presents recycling as a tantalizing case study of the promises and pitfalls of community development. It also serves as a rich account of how the state and private interests linked to the global economy alter the terrain of local neighborhoods.

Use Less Stuff: Environmental Solutions for Who We Really Are (1998) Robert Lilienfeld and William Rathje, Grades: 9-12. Recycling has its limits, but so does our Earth. This groundbreaking consumer guide suggests helpful money- and energy-saving tips for everyone who cares about how we live today and tomorrow. Learn to reduce and reuse with creative suggestions for all areas of your life.

Wartville Wizard, The (1986) Don Madden, Grades: PreK-3. An old man fights a town of litterbugs by magically sending each piece of trash back to the person who dropped it .

Waste Management (2008) Jacqueline Vaughn, Adult. A complete reference book about recycling with listing of agencies, books, dvd’s and much more.

Waste and Recycling (2008) Sally Hewitt. All around the world, children are taking action to preserve their environment, combat climate change, and work toward a sustainable future.

Waste and Recycling (1993) Janine Amos, Grades: PreK-3. Examines the problem of waste disposal, the importance of recycling, and the necessity of conserving water.

Waste and Recycling: Green Files (2003) Steve Parker, Grades: 3-6. Discover the causes and effects of wasting our resources from diminishing fuel reserves to saving energy, and how we can recycle to help our planet.

Waste Crisis : Landfills, Incinerators, and the Search for a Sustainable Future, The (1999) Hans Tammemagi. The Waste Crisis (1) has been designed to be a general reference suitable for a wide readership. Because of its relatively detailed technical content, it can be used at the university and college level; (2) will be a useful reference for engineering students who will benefit from the policy and social/environmental issues that are discussed; and (3) is written in a non-mathematical style with numerous case histories, sidebars, and a comprehensive glossary. It will be of interest to anyone who wishes to learn about this important topic or who has an interest in the environment.

Waste Management Practices: Municipal, Hazardous, and Industrial (2005) John Pichtel, Grades: 9-Adult. Part I provides an overview of the historical and regulatory development of waste management; Part II delineates the management of municipal solid wastes; Part III addresses hazardous wastes and their management and Part IV is devoted to special categories of waste that cannot find a regulatory “home”. In addition to end of chapter problems provided in all chapters, several chapters contain exercises using data from field situations. Data are supplied in Microsoft Excel format. Taylor & Francis, Taylor & Francis Group, New York.

Waste Not: Time To Recycle (2003) Rebecca Weber, Grades: K-3. This book emphasizes why you should recycle and gives examples of how much can be saved by recycling.

Waste, Recycling, and Reuse: Our Impact on the Planet (2002) Rob Bowden, Grades: 4-6. This book is part of the 21st Century Debates series which looks at the impact human development is having on the planet and how this could affect our future. The issues surrounding the waste problem and why it has grown over the past fifty years are discussed.

Waste Reduction (1998) Dale Seymour Publications, Grades: 7-12. The Student Edition and Teacher Resource Guide are part of the Environmental Action (Analyze Consider options Take action In Our Neighborhoods) program. Students sort and analyze school garbage to identify recyclable and compostable materials. They formulate a plan to reduce their consumption and waste at school and at home, including developing a recycling program or improving an existing one.

Waste Management: A Reference Handbook (2008) Jacqueline Vaughn, Contemporary World Issues.

Water (2007) Jon Clift, Adult. Use less – save more – 100 simple and effective tips for saving water, inside and outdoors of your home or business.

Water Conservation (1998) Dale Seymour Publications, Grades: 7-12. The Student Edition and Teacher Resource Guide are part of the Environmental Action (Analyze Consider options Take action In Our Neighborhoods) program. Students conduct an audit of water usage and efficiency on the school campus. Using the school as a research laboratory, students develop strategies for implementing water conservation at school and at home.

Where Does All the Garbage Go? (1992) Gilda Berger, Grades: K-3. Large size, 20″ by 15″ with great pictures and large print. Comes with teacher’s guide.

Where Does Our Garbage Go? (1992) Joan Bowden, Grades: K-3. Turn a wheel or lift a flap to find out how garbage gets recycled.

Where Does The Garbage Go? (1994) Paul Showers, Grades: K-4. This “Let’s Read and Find Out Science” book is filled with graphs, charts and diagrams and explains landfills, incinerators and recycling centers. Provides ideas for easy ways to be a part of the solution to the problem of too much trash.

Why Are the Ice Caps Melting?: The Dangers of Global Warming (2006) Anne F. Rockwell, Ages 5-9. The earth is getting hotter, and not just in the summer. The climate of your hometown is changing. But why is this happening, and can we stop it? The author suggests ways for children, families, and nations to help contain global warming.

Why Do We Recycle: Markets, Values, and Public Policy (1997) Frank Ackerman, Grades: 9-Adult. This book examines the arguments for and against recycling, focusing on the debate surrounding the use of economic mechanisms to determine the value of recycling.

Why Should I Recycle? (2005) Jen Green, Grades: PreK-3. Mr. Jones is a teacher who sets a good example for kids by separating his trash for recycling. When he takes them on a class trip to a recycling plant they learn the value of recycling.

Wonderful Worms (1992) Linda Glaser, Grades: K-2. This book describes the physical characteristics, behavior, and life cycle of the common earthworm.

Worm Book, The (1998) Loren Nancarrow and Janet Hogan Taylor, Grades: 4-8. This book is a complete guide to gardening and composting with worms.

Worm Café: Mid-Scale Vermicomposting of Lunchroom Wastes, The (1999) Binet Payne, Grades: 7-12. This book tells everything that you would want to know about Vermicomposting and how it benefits the environment.

Worm Composting (1998) Joshua D. Nelson, Grades: 4-6. Storey’s County Wisdom Bulletins contain practical, hands-on instructions designed to help you master dozens of country living skills quickly and easily. This bulletin tells you everything you need to know about setting up a worm compost bin.

Worm Digest, A collection of newsletters printed by Edible City Resource Center, P. O. Box 544, Eugene, Oregon 97440-0544. Lots of information regarding worms and worm bins.

Worms Eat My Garbage (1997) Mary Appelhof, Grades: PreK-3. This manual provides complete illustrated instructions on setting up and maintaining a small-scale worm composting system. Includes plans to build a wooden bin and describes plastic bins available commercially. Includes what kinds of worms to use, bedding, food, harvesting, and use of castings.

Worms Eat Our Garbage; Classroom Activities for a Better Environment (1993) Mary Appelhof, Mary F. Fenton and Barbara L. Harris, Grades: 4-8. This curriculum is centered around a worm bin and uses over 150 worm-related activities to develop problem-solving and critical-thinking skills. Contains “Wormformation” paragraphs and integrates science, mathematics, language arts, biology, solid waste issues, ecology, and the environment in ways that draw children into the learning process.

Wump World, The (1970) Bill Peet, Grades: PreK-3. This book tells the story of the Wumps and how their world is changed when spaceships land bringing in lots of people from the planet Pollutus.

You Can Save the Planet: 50 Ways You Can Make a Difference, (2008) Jacquie Wines, Ages 9-12. This book is a call to action for children everywhere. The effects of pollution, global warming, and the destruction of our planet have never been so visible. Packed full of 50 useful things kids can do to make their homes, schools, and neighborhood more environmentally friendly.