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Green Card Stories by Saundra Amrhein, Photographs by Ariana Lindquist

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The Green Collar Economy: How One Solution Can Fix Our Two Biggest Problems, by Van Jones

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Green Deen: What Islam Teaches about Protecting the Planet, by Ibrahim Abdul-Matin

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A Greener China? Challenges and Perspectivesby Tai Chan and Hung J. Lee (signed by Tai)

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The Green Festival Reader, by Kevin Danaher and Alisa Gravitz

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Green From the Ground Up: Sustainable, Healthy, and Energy-Efficient Home Construction by David Johnston & Scott Gibson

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Green Living: The E Magazine Handbook for Living Lightly on the Earth by the Editors of E/The Environmental Magazine


The Green Museum: A Primer On Environmental Practice by Sarah S. Brophy and Elizabeth Wylie


The Green Nonprofit: The First 52 Weeks of Your Green Journey by Sarah Brophy

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The Green Pharmacy by James A. Duke, Ph.D.

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Green Recovery by Andrew S. Winston

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Green to Gold: How Smart Companies Use Environmental Strategy to Innovate, Create Value, and Build Competitive Advantage by Daniel Esty and Andrew Winston

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Green Your Work: Boost Your Bottom Line While Reducing Your Carbon Footprint by Kim Carlson


Greening the Building and the Bottom Line by Joseph Romm and William Browning

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Hannover Principles: Design for Sustainability by William McDonough & Michael Braungart

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Happy City: Transforming Our Lives Through Urban Design by Charles Montgomery

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Harvest for Hope: A Guide to Mindful Eating by Jane Goodall

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Historic Photos of Detroit by Mary J. Wallace

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Home in Detroit: Where They Lived... in the Motor City by T. Burton

  • Home Safe Home by Debra Lynn Dadd. Dadd takes a hard look at just how safe we really are in our own homes. Toxic cleaning products, pesticides, processed foods, synthetic fibers and fabrics, are just a few of the things that can affect the health of our families. She offers solutions, often simple and inexpensive, to help eliminate the toxins in our home environment and to turn our homes into the safe havens they should be.

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The HOK Guidebook to Sustainable Design by Sandra Mendler, William Odell, Mary Ann Lazarus


Hope Dies Last: Making a Difference in an Indifferent World by Studs Terkel

  • How Buildings Learn by Stewart Brand. From Wikipedia: An illustrated book on the evolution of buildings and how buildings adapt to changing requirements over long periods.

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How To Grow Fresh Air: 50 Houseplants that Purify Your Home or Office by Dr. B.C. Wolverton (donation from Chris Haag)

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In Defense of Food: An Eater's Manifesto by Michael Pollan

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Industrial Evolution: Local Solutions for a Low Carbon Future by Lyle Estill


The Inevitable City: The Resurgence Of New Orleans And The Future Of Urban America by Scott Cowen with Betsy Seifter (donation from David Broner)

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The Inn on Ferry Street, by Nancy Null Derringer. A photographic history of the Queen Anne style homes that make up the Inn on Ferry Street.

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Last Child in the Woods by Richard Louv

Review by Chris Blauvelt:

Richard Louv's Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children from Nature Deficit Disorder is a reminder of how much the digital age has changed the way our youth interact, or don't interact, with the world around them. As an eighties baby, the book brought back memories of my Calvin-and-Hobbes-like adventures in the creek behind my house or my grandparents' farm - and put that in stark contrast with the sadly disconnected state of kids today with nature. The book is full of examples, perhaps too many, as I felt the book became repetitive after the initial 50 pages but still worth a glance.

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Lawn Wars: The Struggle For A New Lawn Ethicby Lois B. Robbins

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Leadership and the New Science: Discovering Order in a Chaotic World by Margaret J. Wheatley

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The Legacy: An Elder's Vision for Our Sustainable Future by David Suzuki


Let My People Go Surfing: The Education Of A Reluctant Businessman by Yvon Chouinard, founder and owner, Patagonia (donation from Jeff Sturgis)

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Living Healthy in a Toxic World by David Steinman


Locavesting: The Revolution in Local Investing And How To Profit From It by Amy Cortese


Loneliness: Human Nature and the Need for Social Connection

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Lost Detroit by Dan Austin

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Make It Count: How To Generate A Legacy That Give Meaning To Your Life by John Kotre, PhD

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Managed by the Markets: How Finance Re-Shaped America by Gerald F. Davis

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Mapping Detroit: Land, Community and Shaping a City edited by June Manning Thomas and Henco Bekkering

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Mavericks at Work: Why the Most Original Minds in Business Win by William C. Taylor & Polly LaBarre


Mid-Course Correction: Toward A Sustainable Enterprise: The Interface Model by Ray C. Anderson


More Than Just Food: Food Justice And Community Change by Garrett M. Broad

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The Mountain Biker's Guide to the Great Lakes Statesby Phil Van Valkenberg and Jack McHugh

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Natural Capitalism: Creating the Next Industrial Revolution by Paul Hawken, Amory Lovins & L. Hunter Lovins


Nature's Fortune: How Business and Society Thrive by Investing in Nature by Mark R. Tercek and Jonathan S. Adams (donation from Tim Westerdale)

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New Inventions in Low-Cost Solar Heating: 100 Daring Schemes Tried and Untried by William A. Shurcliff

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The Next American Revolution: Sustainable Activism For The Twenty-First Century by Grace Lee Boggs

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Noah's Garden: Restoring the Ecology of Our Own Back Yards by Sara Stein

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The North Pole Was Here by Andrew C. Revkin

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The Omnivore's Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals by Michael Pollan

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The One-Straw Revolution by Masanobu Fukuoka (donated from Byran Mets)

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The Origins of the Urban Crisis: Race and Inequality in Postwar Detroit by Thomas J. Sugrue (2 paperback copies)

Our Common Journey.gif Our Common Journey: A Transition Toward Sustainability a report from the Board on Sustainable Development Policy Division National Research Council


Outliving The Self: How We Live On In Future Generations by John Kotre and donated by John Kotre

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  • A Pattern Language by Christopher Alexander. From Amazon: The second of three books published by the Center for Environmental Structure to provide a "working alternative to our present ideas about architecture, building, and planning," A Pattern Language offers a practical language for building and planning based on natural considerations. The reader is given an overview of some 250 patterns that are the units of this language, each consisting of a design problem, discussion, illustration, and solution. By understanding recurrent design problems in our environment, readers can identify extant patterns in their own design projects and use these patterns to create a language of their own. Extraordinarily thorough, coherent, and accessible, this book has become a bible for homebuilders, contractors, and developers who care about creating healthy, high-level design.

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People Habitat: 25 Ways to Think About Greener, Healthier Cities Essays by F. Kaid Benfield

Permeable Interlocking Concrete Pavements David Smith and ICPI

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The Pesticide Detox: Towards a More Sustainable Agriculture by Jules Pretty

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A Place in the Sun: The Evolution of the Real Goods Solar Living Center by John Schaeffer


Plants: Why You Can't Live Without Them by B.C. Wolverton and Kozaburo Takenaka (donation from Chris Haag)

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Pocket Neighborhoods: Creating Small-Scale Community in a Large-Scale World by Ross Chapin.


Poletown: Community Betrayed by Jeanie Wylie.

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The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg.

Reading Material (Numbered titles and A - Great)

Reading Material 3 (R - Z)

Books - Children