Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Happy Earth Day!

Celebrate Earth Day by doing something to help the environment! You've heard the scary stories about global warming, overflowing garbage dumps and materials that cannot be recycled. Today is the day to reflect on what can be done to change things for the better.

Recycle your plastic water bottle -- or better yet, use a refillable, washable mug to transport water. Ask your professor if he/she will accept a research paper printed on both sides of the sheet, to conserve paper. Find someone to carpool with by using NCC's online RideShare program. If we all take these tiny steps, it will make a positive impact on the entire world.

To get involved in environmental issues on campus, join students and faculty in NCC's Environmental Task Force. This fantastic organization meets monthly, and has launched campus initiatives like recycling and the RideShare program.

The NCC Libraries contain many books on environmental issues, going "green," earth-friendly careers and climate change. By borrowing books from the Library, you're reusing resources -- what could be easier? Here are some titles that are perfect for Earth Day:

Hot, Flat, and Crowded: Why We Need a Green Revolution -- And How It Can Renew America
by Thomas L. Friedman
GE 197 .F76 2008 Display shelf

Apollo's Fire: Igniting America's Clean-Energy Economy
by Jay Inslee
HD 9502 .U52 I536 2008 Stacks

MySpace, OurPlanet: Change Is Possible
by Tom Anderson
GE 195 .A53 2008 Display shelf

Greenjobs: A Guide to Eco-Friendly Employment
by A. Bronwyn Llewellyn
GE 60 .L54 2008 Display shelf

Green Housekeeping: In Which the Nontoxic Avenger Shows You How to Improve Your Health and That of Your Family While You Save Time, Money and -- Perhaps -- Your Sanity by Ellen Sandbeck
TX 324 .S25 2008 Stacks

Green Chic: Saving the Earth in Style
by Christie Matheson
GE 195.7 .M38 2008 Display shelf

Go Green: How to Build an Earth-Friendly Community
by Nancy H. Taylor
GE 195 .T39 2008 Display shelf

U.S. National Debate Topic 2008-2009:Alternative Energy
by Paul McCaffrey
TJ 808 .U82 2008 Stacks

With Speed and Violence: Why Scientists Fear Tipping Points in Climate Change
by Fred Pearce
QC 981.8 .C5 P415 2007 Stacks

The Hot Topic: What We Can do About Global Warming
by Gabrielle Walker
QC 981.8 .G56 W35 2008 Stacks

The Environment: A Revolution in Attitudes
by Kimberly Masters Evans
TD 172 .E58 2008 Stacks, Main and Monroe

Photo credit:
"Plant and Tree Collection." Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania. 21 April 2009. http://www.business-services.upenn.edu/arboretum/index.shtml

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