Hey Mr. Green by Bob Schildgen
Today's green book review is by Anna
Hackman of Green-Talk,
a blog she started while in the process of building her house
using the greenest materials possible. The quest for the perfect
green materials continues... This post was originally
posted on Tuesday, April 29, 2008.
Green is a cumulative assortment of green every day questions
and answers posed to Bob Schildgen (aka “Mr Green”)
for his column in the Sierra Magazine. The column was started
in 2005 to provide useful answers to question posed by their
confused or curious readers who wished to protect the environment
in their daily lives.
When I received the book, I thought the questions would be
based upon in depth, tree-hugging, environmental concerns
given my perception of what Sierra Club is all about. I was
pleasantly surprised since the topics were practical and right-on
with everyone’s concerns. It was divided into five sections:
“At Home” ( domestic details,) “Food for
Thought” (eating and drinking better while spending
less,) “Out and About” (fueling up and the great
outdoors,) “The three Rs ( you know what this means,
) and “The Big Picture” (environmental politics,
religion, and other interesting meal time topics.)
I am not normally a fast reader, but I read this book quite
quickly. Due to the amount of questions and light hearted
short answers by Schildgen, I was never bored. His writing
style is easy going with the right mix of humor and authority.
What were some of my favorite parts of the book? It is funny,
but the questions posed on the front of the book cover were
some of my favorites: “Should I buy my beer in bottles
or cans?” and “What’s the greenest oil company?”
I guess the editor or Schildgen liked these questions too!
Other parts that I enjoyed included the discussion about nuclear
power plants and when to replace your appliances. He even
included his salsa recipe that I am eager to try.
When I received the book, my intentions were to give this
book away to one of Green Talk’s lucky readers. Since
reading the book, I have changed my mind and decided to selfishly
keep it for myself. Schildgen’s book is a great resource
that I will refer to again and again. It contains a terrific
topic index as well as the author’s resource notes for
I highly recommend this book to everyone who struggles with
living a greener lifestyle. Schildgen’s common sense
approach to every day environmental dilemmas can make that
transition so much easier. The book can be pre-ordered at
a special price of $11.25 here.
Books will be shipped in mid-May.
Photo by permission of the Sierra
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