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Green Smart Magazine : 2009_new
greensmart 2009 79 Ecopolis: Architecture and cities for a changing climate by Paul F. Downton At a time when human impact on the environment is leaving seemingly few optimistic options for sustainability, this book provides theories for creating cities capable of being maintained without further burdening our natural resources or causing further ecological damage. Challenging conventional definitions and limitations of architecture, Ecopolis argues the need for a symbiotic relationship between architecture, planning and ecology for the design of sustainable cities. Author Dr Paul F. Downton is an architect and the director of Ecopolis Architects in Adelaide. His book provides a comprehensive theory for achieving Sustainable Human Ecological Development (SHED). ISBN: 9 8064 095 86 Published by CSIRO Publishing RRP: $1 0.00 green reads Suzuki's Green Guide by David Suzuki and David R. Boyd Suzuki's Green Guide is a concise guide to sustainability and living greener. Drawing on more than 40 years experience as a science broadcaster and environmental activist, David Suzuki has determined the human behaviours that cause the most damage to the environment at an individual level. This new book offers Australians feasible strategies to help reduce our carbon footprint. Offering an overview of the global environmental crisis and essential tips on everything from building eco-friendly homes and energy conservation, to reducing waste and how to influence government policy, Suzuki's Green Guide is really a handbook for modern living. A must-read. ISBN: 9 81 41 569 Published by Allen & Unwin RRP: $29.95 The Green Home Guide by Sunrise Homes Reduce your power bills by over 62 per cent and reduce your home's CO2 emissions in the most cost effective way -- even without solar panels. The Green Home Guide -- a multimedia kit to help you achieve a more environmentally friendly and sustainable home -- shows you how. The Green Home Guide provides more than 20 hours of information from sustainable design experts, including over 200 pages of information in PDF, nine audio interviews and a 30-minute DVD tour of an award-winning display home. The guide is a result of three years' research, more than 100 years' combined experience in sustainable building, and surveys of more than 800 Australians to ascertain what consumers want in a sustainable home -- all brought together by HIA's 2007 GreenSmart Professional of the Year. Whether building, renovating, or simply 'greening' your home, The Green Home Guide is an invaluable resource. Available from sunrisehomes.net.au RRP: $ 9.00 or $29.00 to download Thirsty Country by Åsa Wahlquist Australia is the driest inhabited continent in the world. It is also the continent with the world's most variable rainfall. Thirsty Country addresses the issues concerning Australia's water in the past, present and in the future. The nation faces a growing water crisis, and severe water restrictions over the past decade have brought water management to the fore. In Thirsty Country, award-winning journalist Åsa Wahlquist examines the latest forecasts for the impact of climate change on our water supply, puts forward some practical, science-based solutions, and confronts some common misconceptions. Highly informative, Thirsty Country is the book for anyone who knows something must be done about Australia's water situation but doesn't know where to start. ISBN: 9 81 41 54841 Published by Allen & Unwin RRP: $2 .95 bookreviews