Leave the World a Better Place!
Featured Collection April 2011
Sustainability - it's a current buzzword, but what does it really mean? Find topics ranging from farming to pollution, pollination to D-I-Y crafts at Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh and learn what small things you can do today to reduce your environmental impact.
There are lots of ways to make the world a greener -- and better -- place. Whether you want to start a garden, get creative or just understand a bit more about the world we live in there's a book in the list below that can point the way.
Sustainability. You hear this word everywhere - on the news, online, in your school paper, but what does it really mean for your life? Pick up one of these titles to find out what we're doing that's not sustainable, how to fix that, see what may happen if we don't, and then spread the word!
The premise of the local food (locavore) movement is that eating supermarket food that is shipped in from 3,000 miles away is wasting energy resources, bankrupting local farmers, enriching large corporations and resulting in food where flavor is being replaced by chemicals and hormones.
Don't fill up our hollows with landfills and make Western Pennsylvania a garbage land!
Here's a list of locations that recycle unwanted items. Use it to dispose of your trash or to pick up items for reuse.
Sustainable agriculture is agriculture that takes care of the land and its inhabitants, without poisoning it with pesticides or depleting the soil. It preserves biodiversity of crops and provides a prosperous life for the farm community.
In Pittsburgh we generally don't worry about running out of water but we do have a problem with water quality due to sewage overflow and industrial pollution. And as we exploit the Marcellus Shale beneath us for gas, there is a fear that our rivers will become even more polluted.