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Green Book Review – The Green Book

by Hilary Sopata, LEED AP

The Green Book:
The Everyday Guide to Saving the Planet One Simple Step at a Time
Written by Elizabeth Rogers and Thomas M. Kostigen

The Green Book is filled with easy-to-read snippets portraying the powerful impact you can make by changing a few little things in your life.  You can read this book from cover to cover as I did, but for those with a shorter attention span, jumping around is perfectly fine.  Since there are so many things to learn and so many options to choose from in this book, you’ll have no problem finding something between the pages that you can do today to make a difference in the world.  Also portrayed throughout, two handfuls of modern stars like Cameron Diaz, Jennifer Aniston, and Owen Wilson share with you what they’re doing to help the environment.

Here is an example of what you’ll learn.  According to The Green Book, “Rid yourself of junk mail – or at least recycle it.  The average U.S. household receives 1.5 trees’ worth of junk mail each year…” and, “If all Americans recycled their junk mail, $370 million in landfill dumping fees could be saved each year.”  Because of this book and Stonyfield Farm Yogurt’s lids advertising Eco Cycle’s website to help you stop junk mail:,  I personally have spent about a dozen hours this year working on this very thing and have definitely seen a significant difference in my mailbox.  You may think that this seems like a lot of time, but according to (an organization you can hire for a nominal fee to significantly decrease junk mail for you by 80-95%), “You waste about 70 hours a year dealing with junk mail.”  Looks like I saved myself 58 hours for the rest of the year!

This is a mere example of the impactful information contained in The Green Book.  Whatever your likes, dislikes, activities, abilities, and available resources you can learn something from this book about how the little things compound quickly.  If you’re curious, one-quarter of this small book shares 51 pages of resources backing up the numbers!  I highly recommend this book to green newbies and eco experts alike – especially those with a short attention span.

Rogers, Elizabeth and Kostigen, Thomas M. (2007). The Green Book (1st ed.). Three Rivers Press. ISBN 978-0-307-38135-4


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