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Sustainability


Bibliography and Web Resources


Here are a few resources pulled together by the Sustainability Committee. They are divided by subject area. Click on the title to go to the web resource. *Asterisks denote conservation specific information.

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Museums

Brophy, Sarah S. and Elizabeth Wylie.  The Green Museum: A Primer on Environmental Practice, Lanham, M.D: AltaMira Press, 2008.*
A practical guide to assist museum staff in incorporating “green” into both new buildings and into day to day operations.  Numerous case studies illustrate steps. Information on conducting energy audits.

Keniry, Julian. Ecodemia: Campus Environmental Stewardship at the Turn of the 21st Century. Washington, DC: National Wildlife Federation, 1995.
While this book focuses on environmental initiatives on college campuses, some of the suggestions might translate to a museum or other institutional setting.

From Grey Areas to Green Area: Developing Sustainable Practices in Preservation Environments, Symposium Proceedings*
Kilgarlin Symposium on developing sustainable practices in preservation environments.  How to balance preservation concerns with sustainability practices. Raises question of ‘if conservation uses “green” materials, what is the impact on collections?’

Buildings / Construction

Kibert, C. J. (2005). Sustainable construction: Green building design and delivery. Hoboken,  NJ: John Wiley & Sons.
Describes the best practices in sustainable construction using the LEED rating system and other tools.

Mendler, Sandra, Odell, William, & Mary Ann Lazurus. (2006). The HOK guidebook to sustainable design.2nd ed. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons.
A guidebook to the LEED design process.

Brophy, Sarah S. and Elizabeth Wylie.  The Green Museum: A Primer on Environmental Practice, Lanham, M.D: AltaMira Press, 2008.*
A practical guide to assist museum staff in incorporating “green” into both new buildings and into day to day operations.  Numerous case studies illustrate steps. Information on conducting energy audits.

Jones, Louis. Environmentally Responsible Design: Green and Sustainable Design for Interior Designers. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, 2008.
Describes innovations in sustainable interior design.. With information on lighting design, indoor air quality, interior finishes, energy use, and LEED certification.

Energy Star Programs and Products
Government resource site for products, buildings, home improvement and repair.  Templates for energy management.  Publication “Putting Energy into Profits (pdf) offers good tips for business owners on implementing steps to manage energy costs.

Energy / Environmental Management

Wilson, Alex, and John Morrill. Consumer Guide to Home Energy Savings. Rev. ed. Washington, DC: American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy, 1998.
Practical guide to energy-saving techniques, with energy ratings for appliances, light bulbs, water heaters, windows, heating systems, and more

Alternative Climate Controls for Historic Buildings (Conservation at the Getty)*
Getty Roundtable discussion on climate controls for historic sites. Interdisciplinary dialogue of authors from around the world discussing problems and solutions.   Individual papers available.

Canadian Conservation Institute*
A preventive conservation manual with up-to-date environmental guidelines.

Dalyconservation*
Conservator Rose Daly provides an extensive bibliography on environmental management

Energy Star Programs and Products
Government resource site for products, buildings,home improvement and repair.  Templates for energy management.  Publication “Putting Energy into Profits (pdf) offers good tips for business owners on implementing steps to manage energy costs.

From Grey Areas to Green Area: Developing Sustainable Practices in Preservation Environments, Symposium Proceedings*
Kilgarlin Symposium on developing sustainable practices in preservation environments.  How to balance preservation concerns with sustainability practices. Raises question of ‘if conservation uses “green” materials, what is the impact on collections?’

The Natural Resources Defense Council
Tips for conserving electricity

Image Permanence Institute*
IPI’s e-newsletter with climate notes, including a dew-pint calculator.

US Department of Energy
Following the various links on this site will lead you to information such as: purchasing energy-efficient products, laws and regulations, energy-efficient building design, water- and energy-use calculators, conferences, etc.

Chemistry

Anastas, Paul and John Warner, Green Chemistry: Theory and Practice, Oxford University Press: New York, 1998.
Introduces the principals of conducting environmentally benign chemistry.

Nicholson, John W., The Chemistry of Polymers. Royal Society of Chemistry; 2nd rev. and exp. ed. edition (May 8, 2003). Chapter 10: Polymers and the Environment
Chapter 10 of this in-depth book on polymer chemistry discusses the impact that plastics have on the environment and human health.
                                                                                
Stevens, E.S, Green Plastics. Princeton and Oxford: Princeton University Press, 2002.
Describes the chemistry of bioplastics.

Wargo, John. Green Intelligence. Yale University Press. 2009.
A discussion of the hazards of synthetic chemicals on human health and the environment.

Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry
A federal, public health agency that provides fact sheets about the use, handling, and disposal of toxic substances.

Energy Star Programs and Products
Government resource site for products, buildings,home improvement and repair.  Templates for energy management.  Publication “Putting Energy into Profits (pdf) offers good tips for business owners on implementing steps to manage energy costs.

Environmental Chemistry
Articles and resources on chemicals in the environment written by scientists. Contains information on topics such as household chemicals, recycling, hazmat response and water pollution.

MIT Green Wizard
This database provides information on alternatives to hazardous chemicals or processes. Choose one of four starting points: to replace a chemical currently in use, click Chemical to Replace (e.g. Alternative to carbon tetrachloride); to modify or replace a processes, click Process to Replace. (e.g. flash chromography-alternative solvents or alternative processes); if you've heard of an alternative chemical and would like to search on that, click Alternative Chemicals. (e.g., superficial fluids); if you've heard of an alternative process and would like to know more, click Alternative Process.

12 Principles of Green Chemistry
Link to PowerPoint presentation entitled ‘Educating environmentally responsible citizens and scientists through green, environmental chemistry. Suggestions for alternatives to hazardous chemicals or procedures.

Health & Toxins

Baker, Nena. The Body Toxic, North Point Press.2008
Provides a more personal look at the chemical burdens imposed on our bodies by common products.

Blanc, Paul. How Everyday Products Make People Sick: Toxins at Home and in the Workplace. University of California Press. 2nd ed. 2009
Describes hidden health dangers in products encountered everyday, some of which may be in your lab.

Nicholson, John W., The Chemistry of Polymers. Royal Society of Chemistry; 2nd rev. and exp. ed. edition (May 8, 2003). Chapter 10: Polymers and the Environment
Chapter 10 of this in-depth book on polymer chemistry discusses the impact that plastics have on the environment and human health.

Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry

A federal, public health agency that provides fact sheets about the use, handling, and disposal of toxic substances.

Business & the Workplace

Riordan, John and Kristen Becker. The Good Office: Green Design on the Cutting Edge. Collins Design, HarperCollins Publishers, Inc., New York, 2008.
A description of innovations in office design that are more sustainable and better for the worker.

Green Biz
The “Business Voice of the Green Economy” includes newsletter, blogs, resources, bookstore, etc.  One=stop site for looking at the environment and economy from a business point of view. Publication “Greening Your Business” provides tips and resources including product life cycle information.

National Resources Defense Council
Resources for businesses examining their environmental impact.

Protecting the Environment in the Workplace: http://www.epa.gov/epahome/workplac.htm#office
EPA page with suggestions for greening the office.

Start-Up Nation
Small business resource site. ‘Nine Steps to Greening Your Business’ good basic information on greening your business. Lists solutions and (cost) benefits.

Consumer Choices & Environmental Impact

Brower, Michael, PhD, and Warren Leon, PhD. The Consumer's Guide to Effective Environmental Choices: Practical Advice from the Union of Concerned Scientists. Three Rivers Press; 1st edition (March 30, 1999)
Examines the complicated issues surrounding individual environmental choices to help people choose where to best focus their efforts

Earthworks Group, 50 Simple Things You can do to Save the Earth, Earthworks Press, Berkeley, CA, 1989
This classic book of environmental choices still contains suggestions that are worthwhile 20 years later.

Feldman, Andrew J. The Sierra Club Green Guide: Everybody’s Desk Reference to Environmental Information. San Francisco: Sierra Club Books, 1996.
An environmental desk reference that helps direct the user to find information on environmental topics

Horn, Greg. Living Green: A Practical Guide to Simple Sustainability. Freedom Press, 2006.
 Practical suggestions for reducing our individual impact on the environment.

Rogers, Elizabeth. The Green Book: The Everyday Guide to Saving the Planet One Simple Step at a Time. Three Rivers Press (June 19, 2007)
Practical suggestions for reducing our individual impact on the environment.

Ryan, John C. and Alan Thein Durning. Stuff: The Secret Lives of Everyday Things (New Report, No 4). Northwest Environment (January 1, 1997)
Documents consumer impact (‘eco-wake’) on the environment.

Trask, Cissy. It's Easy Being Green: A Handbook for Earth-Friendly Living. Gibbs Smith, Publisher; 1 edition (January 23, 2006)
General in scope offers practical suggestions for reducing our individual impact on the environment.

Wilson, Alex, and John Morrill. Consumer Guide to Home Energy Savings. Rev. ed. Washington, DC: American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy, 1998.
Practical guide to energy-saving techniques, with energy ratings for appliances, light bulbs, water heaters, windows, heating systems, and more

The Environmental Working Group
This organization conducts scientific analysis of products to help consumers make informed choices. Their most recent research is on the chemicals in cleaning products, describing the health and environmental impacts of the various ingredients and ranking them according to relative safety.

Food & Water Watch
A public outreach and lobbying organization that is focused on guiding government policy and individual choices toward more sustainable practices.

Yale Environment 360
Yale Environment 360 is an online magazine offering opinion, analysis, reporting and debate on global environmental issues.

The National Building Museum's Environmental Sustainability Series
The National Building Museum’s website provides resources on greener communities (publication available for purchase).  Museum shop also has “green” gift ideas.

The Green Guide:
Part of the larger National Geographic site.  Geared more toward personal steps toward greener practices.

Planning Environmentally Aware Events
EPA page with suggestions for environmentally aware events.

Consumer Products

Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool
This site helps purchasers evaluate, compare and select electronic products based on their environmental attributes.

Recycling / Waste Management

Ackerman, Frank. Why Do We Recycle? Markets, Values, and Public Policy. Washington, DC: Island Press, 1997.
An in-depth examination of the arguments for and against recycling; as well as municipal recycling programs and how they work; and how the marketplace and the law affect recycling programs.

White, Michael, et. al. From Cradle to Grave: Waste Management for Conservators.
AIC News Vol 26. No. 6, [Special Insert]. 2001.
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An excellent article regarding regulations, pertaining to waste management, for conservators. References and resources also provided.

Co-op America Plastics Guide
This page describes what the recycling code on different plastic products means.

Earth 911
Provides local recycling options.  Fill in type of waste to be removed and your zip code and it provides resource options

Zero Waste Alliance
Strategies for reducing or eliminating waste.

Blogs

These are general environmental sites and may have articles on numerous worthwhile topics.

NewScientist Environmental blog
A blog with updates on environmental news and science, brought to you by the publishers of NewScientist Magazine

Treehugger
One of the more extensive Environmental blogs, with articles under science & technology and architecture & design being of most interest.