Web Links and Books
The following links to all kinds of Web sites give you additional ideas about many energy-saving strategies, a wealth of information about everything from recycling to how to measure your carbon footprint to interesting 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.
- 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 the science and history of climate change as well as action strategies and a link to Mayor Menino’s Climate Action Pledge for individuals.
- Information about the Boston recycling program and composting services.
- This is the Web site for Youth C.A.N., a student-led initiative at the Boston Latin School for taking effective action in our communities and beyond to address global warming. Youth C.A.N. members are pictured below with Mayor Menino following Al Gore’s visit to BLS in April.
- Climate Choices of the Northeast is a project of the Union of Concerned Scientists, and this Web site provides information about how global warming is changing the Northeast, solutions, actions, and resources.
- The October 2008 issue of Consumer Reports magazine is devoted to offering information about energy-saving products such as compact fluorescent light bulbs and tankless water heaters that will save you money. Also discussed are reasons to purchase a hybrid car, among other articles.
- This site calls itself “the consumer’s guide to the green revolution” and offers every kind of environmental information imaginable, from eco tips and advice, green cuisine, weird weather watch alerts, and definitions to green cleaning, just for starters. You can sign up for free Daily Green e-mail newsletters, which come regularly straight to your inbox.
- 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.
- This is the US Department of Energy’s Consumer Guide to Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy and offers energy-saving tips, articles, and resources for finding products and services.
- Unbiased information on how to choose energy-efficient windows.
- Resource for ordering energy-efficient appliances and lighting and heating products for the home. You can call for a free catalog at 800-379-4121.
- An unbiased guide to buying energy-efficient products. Also provides a calculator for analysis of your home energy use.
- 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 “in the yard,” “at the curb” and “at the store.” Also has a carbon footprint calculator.
- The Environmental Defense Fund’s Web site for energy-efficiency tips and information, this user-friendly resource also explains the science behind global warming and illustrates the dangers. In addition it provides ways to get involved, tips on starting a low-carbon diet, and offers you the opportunity to view “Help Save the Planet” ads and vote on your favorite (it is worth a visit to the Web site just to view these clever, powerful ads).
- 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.
- Green Living Tips 101—and more! Suggestions on how to live green in every area possible, from children and cleaning to recycling, reuse, and weight loss.
- 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.
- Fill in the blank after “Green your _____” on this site and find many tips on how to ease your green conscience in just about any area of your life.
- HP Planet Partners Return & Recycling Program
- This site “provides easy ways to recycle computer equipment, printing supplies, rechargeable batteries, and other items.”
- Read about how climate change is destroying the earth at this “infographic” from a group of researchers and contributors. It includes lots of statistics and hard information about climate change.
- 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.
- 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.
- mortgageloan.com/environment New!
- 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.
- Recycle your gadgets here safely and easily—and you may even get a cash reward! This site makes it amazingly easy to recycle electronics online. Not only do they provide you with a prepaid envelope you print yourself to send in with your old or dead gadget, but in many cases, they send you a cash reward in exchange for it. You can even assign your reward to go to the charity of your choice.
- Find programs and services, information about renewable energy, energy-saving tips, seasonal information, and an energy calculator at National Grid’s Web site.
- Native Energy’s site offers excellent information about renewable energy credits and carbon offsets.
- NStar’s residential home page has a multitude of links to energy-efficient programs, energy facts, energy-saving tips, and rebate and financial assistance information. Links also to a carbon footprint calculator and energy-saving calculators for the homeowner.
- View many short environmental videos, many made by students, that are often clever and entertaining. You may also submit your own video.
- The Web site for Real Simple magazine offers a piece called “How to Recycle Anything” that gives great tips if you are wondering how to avoid throwing all kinds of items into the trash and our landfills.
- The Web site for the “We Campaign,” a movement to help solve the climate crisis; started by Al Gore and a project of the Alliance for Climate Protection. Provides ways you can stay informed, show your support, take action, and “be a part of the solution.”
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.