Recommended resources for sustainable living

Friday, October 3, 2008 | 3:00 p.m. CDT

COLUMBIA — Mark Haim, director of Mid-Missouri Peaceworks, said he often gives the same advice: "Nobody can do everything, but everybody can do something."

Whether to live an energy-efficient lifestyle is a matter of choice, Haim said. Most people come into Peaceworks, based out of The Peace Nook on Broadway, wanting to change in one of three areas: diet, energy or as a way to lower costs.

These three areas make up the "Green Triangle," an idea used by "Ecotopia" author Ernest Callenbach and readily quoted by Haim. When people make changes in energy, spending and diet, they often end up making changes in the other two areas of the triangle, Callenbach maintains. For instance, someone who decides to plant a garden saves money on buying vegetables, uses organic foods and eliminates energy spent in food transportation.

Haim said he often helps people by suggesting books. For changes in diet, he recommends  "Diet for a Small Planet" by Frances Moore Lappé; "What to Eat" by Marion Nestle; and "Diet for a New America" by John Robbins.

For changes in energy, he suggests "The Renewable Energy Handbook" byWilliam H. Kemp; "The Homeowners' Guide to Renewable Energy" byDan Chiras; "Consumer Guide to Home Energy Savings" by Jennifer Thorne Amman, Alex Wilson and Katie Ackerly; and "Save Energy, Save Money"  by the Family Handyman.

For going green: "It's Easy Being Green" by Crissy Trask; "You Can Prevent Global Warming (and Save Money!)" byJeffrey Langholz and Kelly Turner; "The Circle of Simplicity: Return to the Good Life" byCecile Andrews; "The Live Earth Global Warming Survival Handbook" byDavid De Rothschild.

To cut costs: "Your Money or Your Life" byJoe Dominguez and Vicki Robin; "Consumed: How Markets Corrupt Children, Infantilize Adults, and Swallow Citizens Whole" byBenjamin R. Barber; "The Overspent American: Why We Want What We Don't Need" byJuliet B. Schor; "Born to Buy" byJuliet B. Schor.

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