Ready, Set, Green

READY, SET, GREEN, Graham Hill & Meaghan O'NeillOutline: practical, informative, and engaging.

First Edition published in 2008

Ready, Set, Green: Eight Weeks to Modern Eco-Living        

by Graham Hill & Meaghan O’Neill

Abstract

Written by the founder of TreeHugger.com, Graham Hill, and its editor-in-chief, Meaghan O’ Neill, Ready, Set, Green challenges readers to make simple adjustments in their lifestyles in order to help reverse climate change. “Could you reuse a glass food jar as a container for leftovers? Could you furnish your guest room with a bed from the thrift store? Could you donate that lawn mower instead of taking it to the dump? These actions are simple and obvious, but each helps reduce waste and greenhouse gas emissions and saves natural resources, since fewer goods are manufactured, shipped, and landfilled.” (Chapter 3, Week One). This guided transition to a ‘modern green living’ is divided into 8 weeks—8 chapters—in which the authors explain step by step how to switch to greener alternatives: from ‘thinking like a TreeHugger,’ by reducing, reusing, and recycling (Chapter 1), to greening up your home, by introducing green construction techniques and materials, and lowering your energy and water consumption (Chapter 5). As a result, you will not only lower your impact on the environment, but also improve your health and save some money.

• Using a dishwasher instead of hand washing will save you 5,000 gallons of water annually.

 • Eating less beef will save you 250 pounds of CO2 per year.

• Washing your clothes in cold water instead of hot will save 200 pounds of CO2 annually.

• Replacing three of your home’s most frequently used lightbulbs with compact fluorescent bulbs will save 300 pounds of CO2 every year.

“At TreeHugger.com (…) we believe that cutting-edge ideas, technology, and design—and more important, people with the right attitude—can help save the environment,” say the authors, “…individuals do have the power to “green” the planet. Your dollars count. Your votes count. Your actions count. And when millions of people do the right thing, it can have a serious impact.”

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