Green Living Resources at the DNR Library

Last updated: 8/25/10

This is a list of green living materials available for loan from the DNR Library. All DNR employees can check out materials from the library.  Field staff should email the library to have materials sent to them.  To search all of the library's resources, please go to the library catalog.  Don't see what you need?  Email the library to request an interlibrary loan. (DNR employees only).

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Green living for dummies : pocket edition / Yvonne Jeffery, Liz Barclay, Michael Grosvenor.  --  Hoboken, N.J. : Wiley Pub., Inc., 2009

Green living : the E magazine handbook for living lightly on the earth / by the editors of E/the environmental magazine.  --  New York, N.Y. : Plume, c2005

Living green : a practical guide to simple sustainability / Greg Horn.  --  Topanga, CA : Freedom Press, c2006

The official Earth Day guide to planet repair / Denis Hayes.  --  Washington, D.C. : Island Press, c2000


The Green Guide
This site features product reviews (for items such as shoes, appliances, bedding, cosmetics, household cleaning supplies, personal care items, and pest control techniques), lists of ingredients to avoid, articles (such as on what happens to donated clothes), videos, blogs, and more. Also includes information about the associated print publication. From National Geographic.

Green Living
List of web resources for green living, compiled by the Enoch Pratt Free Library in Baltimore.

Energy Efficiency


Consumer guide to home energy savings / by Alex Wilson, Jennifer Thorne, and John Morrill.  --  8th ed.  --  Washington, D.C. : American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy ;, c2003

Green from the ground up : a builder's guide : sustainable, healthy, and energy-efficient home construction / David Johnston & Scott Gibson.  --  Newtown, CT : Taunton Press, c2008


Energy Savers Homepage
Topics include appliances and electronics, remodeling, electricity (and solar and wind turbine systems), heating, lighting, alternative fuel and hybrid electric vehicles, and more.  From the U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE).

Green Building


Building inside nature's envelope : how new construction and land preservation can work together / Andy Wasowski, with Sally Wasowski ; forword by Darrel G. Morrison ; photography by Andy Wasowski.  --  Oxford, UK ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2000

Designing outdoor environments for children : landscaping schoolyards, gardens, and playgrounds / Lolly Tai ... [et al.].  --  New York : McGraw-Hill, c2006

Green building & remodeling for dummies : pocket edition = Green building and remodeling for dummies / by Eric Corey Freed.  --  Hoboken, N.J. : Wiley, c2009

Green building products : the GreenSpec guide to residential building materials = GreenSpecĒ guide to residential building materials / Alex Wilson and Mark Piepkorn, editors.  --  3rd ed.  --  Brattleboro, VT : BuildingGreen ;, c2008

Green from the ground up : a builder's guide : sustainable, healthy, and energy-efficient home construction / David Johnston & Scott Gibson.  --  Newtown, CT : Taunton Press, c2008

Natural remodeling for the not-so-green house : bringing your home into harmony with nature / Carol Venolia & Kelly Lerner.  --  1st ed.  --  New York : Lark Books, c2006

Sustainable landscape construction : a guide to green building outdoors / by J. William Thompson & Kim Sorvig ; with drawings by Craig D. Farnsworth.  --  Washington, D.C. : Island Press, c2000


Green Design/Sustainable Architecture: Resources
Extensive bibliography on sustainable design of buildings, with listings for dictionaries and encyclopedias, handbooks, histories, journals, and resources for codes and specifications, design, building materials, construction methods, environmental health, energy, case studies, and more. Includes links to additional research guides on solar design, daylighting (natural lighting), and other design topics. From the Environmental Design Library, University of California, Berkeley.

Green Builders Guide
List of web resources compiled by
Information about environmentally friendly, sustainable architecture and natural building, using renewable energy, local and recycled materials, and incorporating principles of conservation. Includes resource links and book and video recommendations.

NRDC: Building Green: From Principle to Practice
This presentation focuses on the benefits of sustainable construction for businesses. It includes basic steps in planning for green building, supplemented by case studies. Also includes a page explaining LEED certification for green buildings, and links to additional websites about sustainable building. From the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC).

Native Gardening


American plants for American gardens / Edith A. Roberts and Elsa Rehmann ; foreword by Darrel G. Morrison.  --  Athens : University of Georgia Press, 1996

Bringing nature home : how native plants sustain wildlife in our gardens / Douglas W. Tallamy.  --  Portland, Or. : Timber Press, 2007

Ecoscaping back to the future-- restoring Chesapeake landscapes : native plant, rain gardens, and xeriscapes, examples from the Chesapeake Ecology Center / by Zora Lathan and Thistle A. Cone.  --  [Maryland?] : Chesapeake Ecology Center, c2005

Field and forest : a guide to native landscapes for gardeners and naturalists / text and illustrations by Jane Scott.  --  New York : Walker, 1992

The Maryland master gardener handbook / University of Maryland, Maryland Cooperative Extension.  --  4th ed.  --  Ellicott City, MD : Home and Garden Information Center, Maryland Cooperative Extension, University of Maryland, 1998

Native plants for wildlife habitat / compilled by Rich Mason and Jason Hitchcock.  --  Annapolis, MD : U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Chesapeake Bay Field Office : Irvine Natural Science Center : Adkins Arboretum, 1997

Native plants for wildlife habitat and conservation landscaping: Chesapeake Bay Watershed.  --  Annapolis, MD : U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Chesapeake Bay Field Office, 2003  Also available online

The natural garden book : a holistic approach to gardening / Peter Harper with Chris Madsen and Jeremy Light ; foreword by John Jeavons.  --  New York : Simon & Schuster, c1994

Water-conserving gardens and landscapes : water-saving ideas, plant selection list, home drip irrigation guide, easy-care landscapes, all-region zone maps / by John M. O'Keefe.  --  Pownal, Ver.: : Storey Communications, c1992

The wildlife sanctuary garden / Carol Buchanan.  --  Berkeley, Calif. : Ten Speed Press, c1999


Maryland Native Plant Society

Just for Kids


Crafty ideas from nature / Myrna Daitz & Shirley Williams ; pictures by Gillian Chapman.  --  New York : Exley Giftbooks, c1989

Teaching kids to love the earth / Marina Lachecki Herman ... [et al.] ; illustrations by Carolyn Olson.  --  Duluth, Minn. : Pfeifer-Hamilton, c1991


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