Earth Day 2014

Celebrating our planet on April 22 and beyond!

Image of Earth Day display in 220Remember elementary school? Recess was your favorite subject, coloring was your favorite activity, and you got to have all kinds of carefree fun. You may have even learned about and celebrated Earth Day by planting trees or going on a field trip to the local botanical gardens. Well, what about now that you've added on a few years? Can you still enjoy the Earth in that same carefree spirit? I say yes!

Held on April 22 of each year, Earth Day is an internationally celebrated event that focuses on environmental protection and sustainability. It's a movement that can be celebrated each day through small changes in your lifestyle choices and actions. Check out our top picks from DCPL's books to find out the different ways you can live a greener lifestyle!

Recommended Reads
Cover image of Making HomeMaking Home: Adapting Our Homes and Our Lives to Settle in Place by Sharon Astyk shows readers how to turn the challenge of living with less into settling for more—more happiness, more security, and more peace of mind. Learn simple but effective strategies to save money on everything from heating and cooling to refrigeration, laundry, water, sanitation, cooking, and cleaning; to create a stronger, more resilient family; and to preserve more for future generations.

The Responsibility Revolution: How the Next Generation of Business Will Win by Jeffrey Hollender and Bill Breen presents fresh ideas and actionable strategies to commit your company to a genuine socially and environmentally responsible business and culture, one that not only competes but wins on values. It points the way for innovators and influencers to generate trust by becoming transparent, elicit people's passion and creativity, turn customers into collaborators, transform critics into allies, rewrite the rules and reinvent business.

Cover image of The Green HomeGreen Guide Families: The Complete Reference for Eco-friendly Parents by Catherine Zandonella takes a straightforward approach to such urgent concerns as lead-painted toys; the risks and benefits of vaccinations, antibiotics, and vitamins; the potential side effects of plastic bottles and containers; how to manage food allergies and avoid fat- and sugar-filled snacks; and much more.

The Green Home: A Sunset Design Guide by Bridget Biscotti Bradley and the Editors of Sunset Books presents ideas for designing a home that is healthful, great looking, and responsive to the needs of the planet. Using this book, you can arm yourself with information that will help you find the pros who can help you keep your home healthy and safe.

Cover image of El Pequeno Libro Verde del HogarWorld Language Selections

You can find these books and more in room 220 at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library. Also, be sure to check out these community events happening in and around DC!