Reviews and Blog Posts: Sustainability

Atchafalaya houseboat : my years in the Louisiana swamp

by Gwen Roland

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Atchafalaya houseboat is the story of a young woman's life path that brought her to live in the Atchafalaya Bayou in the early 1970's. The book is composed of some of her notebook writings while living in the bayou, including the process of building the houseboat with reclaimed materials from...


Eaarth by Bill McKibben

No, the extra "a" is not a typo. "Eaarth" refers to planet earth as our atmosphere heats up and changes due to a buildup of greenhouse gases (CO2). These gases are a byproduct of burning fossil fuels (gas, oil, and coal) and their effect on our planet are soberly laid out in Eaarth: Making a Life on a Tough New Planet (2010).

Eaarth may be three years old but its message and forecasts sound like tornado warning sirens. By presenting myriad evidence of climate changes already underway McKibben describes the consequences of our 150+ year history of burning fossil fuels. Last year in Colorado we experienced the Waldo Canyon Fire on the edge of Colorado Springs, the High Park Fire outside of Ft. Collins, and severe drought conditions throughout much of the state. 2012 was the hottest year on the planet in human history!

Senior $avers

Colorado Interfaith Power and Light presents to the 55+ population how to be more energy efficient to conserve a resource and save money on energy bills on Wednesday, November 10, 1 p.m. at the newly renovated Bear Valley Branch Library.

Whether you are considering retirement, or just hoping to save some money here and there, the library has many resources to help you live comfortably:

A modern Arcadia : Frederick Law Olmsted Jr. & the plan for Forest Hills Gardens

by Susan L Klaus

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Fast-paced and well-researched, this excellent architectural history recounts the planning, implementation and enduring quality of a successful, early 20th century suburban development in Queens, New York. Charged with designing a beautiful and socially healthy new community, Frederick Law Olmstead Jr. (son of the famous landscape architect who designed Central Park) integrated...

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