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The Neighborhood Network staff has compiled a selection of informative materials that we think our members and others interested in protecting the environment will appreciate. A percentage of the purchase price goes to support the work of the Neighborhood Network.




Alternatives to Pesticides

Silent Spring by Rachel Carson is the book that started the modern environmental movement. A must read for all environmentalists. Listed in the Boston Public Library 100 Most Influential Books of the 20th Century

Common-Sense Pest Control: Least-Toxic Solutions for Your Home, Garden, Pets and Community by Wiliam Olkowski is the bible for alternative pest control. One of the most frequently used reference books in our office.


Rodale's All-New Encyclopedia of Organic Gardening: The Indispensable Resource for Every Gardener -- a comprehensive reference for organic gardening. This book is useful for both the organic and the conventional gardener.

The Vegetable Gardener's Bible: Discover Ed's High-Yield W-O-R-D System for All North American Gardening Regions -- The WORD system (Wide rows, Organic methods, Raised bed, and Deep soil) will make your gardening easier, and your garden more productive, without the use of synthetic chemicals. Our Research Director's wife (the gardener in the family) swears by this book.


Clean Energy

Beyond Oil: The View from Hubbert's Peak -- A cautionary tale about the coming of the decline of oil. Including a look at the pros and cons of possible alternatives, and some practicle advice on what the individual consumer can do.

The Homeowner's Handbook to Energy Efficiency: A Guide to Big and Small Improvements, John Krigger and Chris Dorsi help homeowners set realistic personal goals for reducing their energy consumption. Their methods for making homes more energy efficient will also improve comfort, safety, durability, and resale value. They guide readers through the process of assessing current energy usage and predicting the benefits and estimating the costs of remodeling options. Projects ranging from simple fixes to large-scale renovations.

Hot, Flat, and Crowded 2.0: Why We Need a Green Revolution--and How It Can Renew America -- In this brilliant, essential book, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Thomas L. Friedman speaks to America's urgent need for national renewal and explains how a green revolution can bring about both a sustainable environment and a sustainable America.

Residential Energy: Cost Savings and Comfort for Existing Buildings (5th Edition)


Build Your Own Electric Motorcycle (Tab Green Guru Guides)

A step-by-step guide to building an electric motorcycle from the ground up

The latest technical information and easy-to-follow instructions for building a two-wheeled electric vehicle--from a streamlined scooter to a full-sized motorcycle.

Pictures, diagrams, charts, and graphs illustrate each step along the way. Whether you want to get around town on a sleek ride or cruise the super slab on a tricked-out chopper, this is the book for you.


Non-toxic Living

Drop-Dead Gorgeous: Protecting Yourself from the Hidden Dangers of Cosmetics -- The dangers of and alternatives to toxic cosmetic products.




An Inconvenient Truth -- This film version of Al Gore's slide show lays out the overwhelming scientific evidence for global warming, and its possible consequences in a straigh-forward, easily understood presentation.

Who Killed the Electric Car? -- Did the electric car disappear due to lack of consumer demand, or was there something more to it? This documentary takes a whodunnit approach to examine what happened to this promising technology.


The End of Suburbia: Oil Depletion and the Collapse of the American Dream -- an unsettling look at how the end of cheap oil will make the model of suburban sprawl impossible to maintain. A strong argument for smart growth and transit oriented development.


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