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Articles, Books, Podcasts, Videos, and Blogs

Recommended reading and links to other media on the subject of sustainability and all things green.*

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Books for Children

The Wump World by Bill Peet

The Wumps live in a tiny and perfect world, populated only by themselves. But the peace is soon destroyed by the Pollutians, who arrive in spaceships.

The Pollutians invade the Wump World and turn the green meadows into a concrete jungle, bent on covering every part of the Wump's little planet with freeways and skyscrapers. 

The Lorax by Dr. Seuss

In this 1971 classic, Dr. Seuss, speaking through his character the Lorax, warns against mindless progress and the danger it poses to the earth's natural beauty.  Great rhymes and colorful pictures.

"UNLESS someone like you...cares a whole awful lot...nothing is going to get better...It's not."

Books for Adults

The Low Carbon Diet - David Gershon

This “30 Day Program to Lose 5000 Pounds” is a fun, accessible, easy to use guide that will show you, step-by-step, how to dramatically reduce your CO2 output in just a month’s time.

Grounded in over two decades of environmental behavior change research, this illustrated workbook offers much more than a list of eco-friendly actions. It walks you through every step of the process, from calculating your current CO2 footprint to tracking your progress.

Cradle to Cradle by William McDonough & Michael Braungart  

Permaculture: Principles & Pathways Beyond Sustainability, by David Holmgren, Holmgren Design Services, 2002

The Transition Handbook, by Rob Hopkins, Green Books Ltd - Foxhole, Dartington, Totnes, Devon, 2008

A Community Guide to Environmental Health, by Jeff Conant and Pam Fadem, Hesperian Foundation, 2008


This article by Ridge Schuyler describes ways we can improve watershed health.  CLICK HERE to download.


Ciclovia!  CLICK HERE to view this amazing short film of how the people of Bogota, Columbia have transformed their city at weekends through the imaginative use of alternative transport and alternative road use, and have transformed their way of life and sense of community in the process. 

The Story of Stuff - CLICK HEREFrom its extraction through sale, use and disposal, all the stuff in our lives affects communities at home and abroad, yet most of this is hidden from view. A 20-minute, fast-paced, fact-filled look at the underside of our production and consumption patterns, this film exposes the connections between various environmental and social issues.  It'll make you laugh, and it just may change the way you look at all the stuff in your life forever!


The Charlottesville Podcasting Network site launched in April 2005 as a public affairs website dedicated to expanding the public square through podcasts of local speeches, press conferences and other events that have previously not been available in local media.  For more information on Sustainability via the Charlottesville Podcasting Network, please CLICK HERE

Charlottesville Tomorrow was created to inform and engage the public by providing clear, non-partisan information and research on land use, transportation, and community design issues with the confidence an informed public will make decisions that will protect and build upon the distinctive character of the Charlottesville-Albemarle area.

NPR has a weekly environmental podcast, and it also is worth checking out the Grist: Environment News which covers current news with a focus on America.  From other providers, the BBC podcast You and Yours - Environment is worth a listen, along with TIME's Greencast.   All can be downloaded for free from the Apple Itunes site.


Please CLICK HERE for a fascinating look at plastic bags, and their impact on our world. 

The Jefferson Area Board for Aging (JABA) has several green resources detailing their sustainability efforts:
- "From Gray to Green: One Aging Organization's Journey Towards Sustainability"
- The Big Kitchen Guide to Going Local - new DVD and book for adding local food to institutional fare
- Local Food Pages on their website


*Views and opinions expressed in these media sources are not those of the City of Charlottesville, nor is the City endorsing any products or services referenced.