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Almost green : how I saved 1/6th of a billionth of the planet
James Glave
Adult Nonfiction PN6231.E66 G53 2008

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From Publishers' Weekly:

In this compelling account of his "cockamamie" ecological odyssey, journalist Glave, "enthusiastic composter" and guilty SUV owner, recounts his efforts to reduce his carbon footprint by building a "green" writing studio and guesthouse adjoining his less than environmentally correct home outside of Vancouver. As irreverent as it is deeply informative, the book traces Glave's misadventures and steep environmental learning curve--he considers (and discards) elaborate straw bale and rammed earth construction schemes, navigates the intricacies of securing recovered wood and negotiating with neighbors concerned about sight lines--as he ponders how to reconcile the contradictions in his lifestyle ("I buy or pick organic, locally grown berries, then gleefully slather them with Cool Whip") and how to inspire environmental awareness in his community without turning his neighbors defensive or his car-crazy young son into a "playground weirdo." Costs and domestic tensions mount as Glave tears down a pricey carport, which was a gift from his conservative father-in-law, and his shed's footprint threatens his wife's cherished garden. The focus of this endearing eco-memoir is primarily on getting the dream shed built, but Glave's sensible (and sometimes caustically comic) green consciousness has real universal appeal. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

From Library Journal:

This is a green story with guy appeal. Glave, a journalist living in British Columbia, embarks on a mission to build what he calls an "Eco-Shed"--a small writing studio built to absorb sunlight, catch rainwater, and otherwise have a neutral effect on the environment. The only problems are the mammoth carport that blocks the direct sunlight, his budget, and a host of other issues, problems, and setbacks that he encounters along the way. While not always successful, he does manage throughout his journey to make connections in his small island community, with some green results. Glave approaches his endeavor as a journalist but also as a husband, a father, a son-in-law, a neighbor, and a dude--creating a humorous yet informative narrative. His focus on the building process and the bonding of those involved will appeal to anyone who has ever dreamed of smashing something with an excavator; his struggle to find a balance between his familial relationships and his drive to complete this project will strike a chord with many readers. Recommended for public libraries.--Jaime Hammond, Naugatuck Valley Community Coll., Waterbury, CT (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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