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Web Links and Books

The following links to a variety of Web sites provide additional ideas about many energy-saving strategies, offering a wealth of information about everything from recycling to how to measure your carbon footprint to interesting and enjoyable ways to live greener while saving money.

This site was founded by author and environmentalist Bill McKibben and his small team team of youths from around the world to launch a “stop global warming” campaign. The site explains why 350 is the “magic” number of parts per million of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere we need to reach and how we can get there; it is a call to action and offers a way to get involved in the fight to save the planet.
This is the Web site for Youth CAN (Climate Action Network), a student-led initiative at the Boston Latin School for taking effective action in our communities and beyond to address global warming. Youth CAN members are pictured below with Mayor Menino following Al Gore’s visit to BLS in April 2009.
BLS Youth C.A.N. and Mayor Menino

BLS Youth C.A.N. and Mayor Menino

BostonCAN is a chapter of the Massachusetts Climate Action Network and has been very active in meeting the challenge of global climate change. The group sponsors movie nights, speakers, public rallies, and energy conservation workshops in various Boston neighborhoods. Another great option for getting involved locally!
At this site you can opt out of the catalogs you no longer wish to receive and choose the ones you do want. The end of junk mail in catalog form!
The city of Boston is in the forefront of American cities taking steps to be more energy efficient and address climate-change issues. This site offers information about energy-saving initiatives being pursued by the City to conserve energy in municipal buildings and also to encourage residents and businesses to improve energy use. Also visit the Greenovate Boston site for information about this community-wide program that seeks to engage all Bostonians in achieving reductions in greenhouse gas emissions.
Information about the Boston recycling program (now called “waste reduction”). View here for composting information.
All things recycling. If you can’t find it here, you won’t find it. The site started out as a recycling hotline and now “is your one-stop shop for all you need to know about reducing your impact, reusing what you’ve got and recycling your trash.”
You can purchase carbon offsets at this site, which also provides a carbon calculator.
Unbiased information on how to choose energy-efficient windows.
Resource for ordering energy-efficient appliances and lighting and heating products for the home. You may also call for a free catalog at 800-379-4121.
Energy Star is a government program that helps individuals and families make energy-efficient choices and save money on utility bills by certifying that products meet high standards for energy efficiency. This Web site provides information about those certified products as well as how to obtain retail and utility rebates.
With the tagline “Save Energy, Save Money, Save the Planet,” how could we not include this Web site here? The Center for Climate and Energy Solutions (formerly the Pew Center on Global Climate Change) and Entergy have “partnered to provide the tools enabling others to act—in their homes and in their communities—to make an impact.” This site includes a glossary, “useful resources,” an interesting section called “In 3 Words” (a share-your-story opportunity), and other sections such as “On the Move,” “At the Store,” “In the Yard,” “At the Curb” and “At Work.” Also has a carbon footprint calculator.
Articles and blog on living green. Great newsletter offering green advice, guides, and environmental news—for every person who subscribes to their free online newsletter, they will plant one tree.
GreenSoul Shoes has been empowering local artisans through NGOs to hand make 100 percent recycled sandals. For every pair of shoes sold, one pair will be given to a shoeless child. This innovative business model allows consumers to directly support an underprivileged child.
Information about what is happening in Massachusetts from the grassroots up to combat climate change and raise awareness about living more energy efficiently. Massachusetts Climate Action Network’s site also provides resources and ways to take action.
This site for the nonprofit organization Massachusetts Energy Consumers Alliance offers energy-saving strategies and money-saving tips, links to energy resources, and ways to make your home more energy efficient. You can also green your electricity through the Mass Energy green electricity program.
MassSAVE us a public/private partnership that was created to help Massachusetts residents save money through energy conservation. Residents of Boston may qualify for a free energy audit of their home to learn how best to take steps to conserve energy and save money.
MassRecycle is a statewide coalition of individuals, governments, businesses, institutions, and non-profit organizations dedicated to promoting and realizing the vital environmental, social, and economic benefits created by reducing, reusing, and recycling waste materials and by increasing the utilization of recycled products.
This site will tell you all about “green mortgages”—a program backed by private and government mortgage services designed to help you make your home more energy efficient.
Native Energy’s site offers excellent information about renewable energy credits and carbon offsets.
View short environmental videos, many made by students, that are often clever and entertaining. You may also submit your own video.
You can recycle your ink and toner through steps delineated at this site. They send you a prepaid shipping label. You earn credits with this company and then can redeem them if you make purchases at this site of $100 or more. You receive $2 credit per cartridge recycled, with a $20 limit per month.
This site is “all about inspiring and rewarding smarter, everyday choices that lead to a more sustainable future.” Earn points for recycling that are redeemable for a variety of items and discounts on purchases that are “good for you, your wallet, and the planet.”
Verizon offers a recycling program of its products, as do a number of other companies such as Apple. They put a value on your device and then send you an electronic gift card in that amount for purchases from their stores when you mail the device to them (they send you the pre-addressed envelope and pay for shipping). Verizon indicates that their “first priority is to renew and reuse the device” you send.

Recommended Books for Further Reading

365 Ways to Live Green, by Diane Gow McDilda. Published by Adams Media, Avon, MA, 20008.

Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life, by Barbara Kingsolver. Published by Harper Perennial, New York, NY, 2007.

The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Green Living: Earth-Saving Solutions for Every Part of Your Life, by Trish Riley. Published by Alpha Books, New York, NY, 2007.

The Consumer’s Guide to Effective Environmental Choices, by Michael Brower and Warren Leon. Published by Three Rivers Press, New York, NY, 1999.

Low-Carbon Diet: A 30 Day Program to Lose 5000 Pounds, by David Gershon. Published by Empowerment Institute, Woodstock, NY, 2006.

Deep Economy: The Wealth of Communities and the Durable Future, by Bill McKibben. Published by Henry Holt and Company, New York, NY, 2007.

The Green Collar Economy: How One Solution Can Fix Our Two Biggest Problems, by Van Jones. Published by HarperCollins, New York, NY, 2008.

Hot, Flat, and Crowded: Why We Need a Green Revolution—And How It Can Renew America, by Thomas L. Friedman. Published by Farrar, Straus and Geroux, New York, NY, 2008.

The Lazy Environmentalist: Your Guide to Easy, Stylish, Green Living, by Josh Dorfman. Published by Stewart, Tabori & Chang, New York, NY, 2007.

The Pocket Idiot’s Guide to Your Carbon Footprint, by Nancy Grant. Published by Penguin, New York, NY, 2008.