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Let Me Count The Ways to go Green -A Review of The Green Book

Posted Aug 26 2008 11:36pm

The Green Book,
Elizabeth Rogers and Thomas M. Kostigen
2007, Three Rivers Press

Summer vacation, as all parents know, is less a time to relax and read a few beach books than it is a time to figure out how to get anything done while organizing multiple summer activities for one’s offspring. Despite that, I did, (finally) get a chance to read, The Green Book, by Elizabeth Rogers and Thomas M. Kostigen, at the beach no less!

A great book to leaf through; it features multiple celebrity vignettes – (folks, next run, feature the celebrity endorsements on THE FRONT cover of the book – especially if you get distribution into the major bookstores!) I was myself was not surprised to see Robert Redford featured but was interested to find out that both Owen Wilson and Jennifer Anniston drive a Prius. On the other hand, so apparently does Al Gore III – very fast.

Big names are spinkled throughout the book. Celebrity blurbs open each chapter beginning with Cameron Diaz, a close friend of one of the authors, and host of the short-lived MTV show “Trippin”, who wrote a thoughtful and well balanced forward.

Well balanced actually, is what this book is all about. Less a quick read and more a reference guide, this book is stuffed with tips for going green. Easy tips; tips you might not know; tips to make you feel less guilty while tooling around town in your SUV (which I do, with alarming regularity and substantial guilt).

Since, this book is less a narrative and more a compilation of tips, I’d love to see the authors offer a “tip of the day” delivered via RSS feed from their web site. After reading it, I was hard pressed to actually remember to implement the tips I really liked…my head was spinning.

That said, I do plan to feature some of the easy to implement tips in future posts. I also have the opportunity to follow up with the authors, Thomas Kostigan who writes for Market Watch and The Huffington Post (one of my favorites) and Elizabeth Rogers, a player in the Hollywood “green scene”. I’d like to see what they have up their sleeves next!

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