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Building with Awareness the Construction of a Hybrid Home DVD & Guidebook by Ted Owens
“The overwhelming process of green home construction just got a lot easier, thanks to this entertaining and informative [book]…. Combining natural and reclaimed materials with solar technology, designer and owner/builder Ted Owens has crafted an artful home of timber, straw bases, adobe and stone, that is powered by the sun. Owens turned his years of research and two-year construction process into a 5-hour instructional DVD, and a full-color 150-page companion book that contains supplemental photos, diagrams and text as it follows the DVD step-by-step from foundation to finishing touches.” From Catherine Wanek, author of The New Straw Bale Home.

Let the Water Do the Work: Induced Meandering, an Evolving Method for Restoring Incised Channels by Bill Zeedyk and Van Clothier. Donated by Van Clothier
Let the Water Do the Work is an important contribution to riparian restoration. By “thinking like a creek,” one can harness the regenerative power of floods to reshape stream banks and rebuild floodplains along gullied stream channels. The book is an artful blend of the natural sciences – geomorphology, hydrology and ecology – which govern channel forming processes. The book directly challenges the dominant paradigm of river and creek stabilization by promoting the intentional erosion of selected banks while fostering deposition of eroded materials on an evolving floodplain. The river self-heals as the growth of native riparian vegetation accelerates the meandering process. Anyone with an interest in natural resource management in these uncertain times should read this book and put these ideas to work.” From the book cover.

Coming Home to Eat: The Pleasures and Politics of Local Foods by Gary Paul Nabhan, 2002. Does it matter where our food comes from? Do we, our communities, and the planet do better if we choose food grown by local sources we trust? Exploring these and other questions of dietary and spiritual subsistence, Gary Paul Nabhan’s Coming Home to Eat presents a compelling case for eating from our “foodshed.” –Arthur Boehm

The Passive Solar House : Using Solar Design to Heat and cool Your Home by James Kachadorian, 1997 donated by Lora Collins.

Building with Awareness: The Construction of a Hybrid Home DVD and Guide Book by Ted Owens.

Rainwater Harvesting for Drylands and Beyond, Volume 2: Water – Harvesting Earthworks. Written by Brad Lancaster; Rainsource Press, 2008. From volume2: “Earthworks are one of the easiest, least expensive, and most effective ways of passively harvesting and conserving multiple sources of water in the soil. Associated vegetation then pumps the harvested water back out in the form of beauty, food, shelter, wildlife habitat, and passive heating and cooling strategies, while controlling erosion, increasing soil fertility, reducing downstream flooding, and improving water and air quality. Rainwater Harvesting for Drylands and Beyond Volume 2 shows you how to select, place, size, construct, and plant your chosen water-harvesting earthworks. It presents detailed how-to information and variations of a diverse array of earthworks, including chapters on mulch, vegetation, and grey-water recycling so you can customize the techniques to the unique requirements of your site.”

Hot, Flat and Crowded Why We Need a Green Revolution and How it Can Renew America. Written by Thomas L. Friedman; Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2008. From book jacket: “Friedman explains how global warming, rapidly growing populations, and the astonishing expansion of the world’s middle class through globalization have produced a planet that is ‘hot, flat and crowded.’ Already Earth is being affected in ways that threaten to make it dangerously unstable. In just a few years, it will be too late to fix things — unless the United States steps up now and takes the lead in a worldwide effort to replace our wasteful, inefficient energy practices with a strategy for clean energy, energy efficiency, and conservation that Friedman calls Code Green.”

We All Live in a Watershed: Getting to Know the Silver City Watershed. With Dave Menzie, geologist with the Surface Water Quality Bureau of the New Mexico Environment Department. Recorded presentation and hike, videotaped by Community Access Television of Silver City and available on DVD.Southwestern New Mexico Environmental Health Resource Guide. English/Spanish. June 2008. Produced by GRIP under contract to the Office of Border Health/New Mexico Department of Health. Developed to help citizens address environmental health issues in their communities, the bilingual Environmental Health Resource Guide provides community members and organizations with local, state and federal contact information for the most common environmental health topics in the four counties of southwestern New Mexico (Catron, Grant, Luna and Hidalgo counties). The guide also offers answers to a variety of frequently asked questions by environmental health topic. Download the electronic version from www.gilaresources. info or call GRIP at 538.8078 to request a hard copy.

The Future of Nature: Writing on A Human Ecology, from Orion magazine. Selected and introduced by Barry Lopez, 2007. Described as “required reading for those interested in a livable future, this collection explores the barriers that divide humanity from the natural world and reveals the damning results of that division. The Future of Nature looks through our pervasive ecological crises to the root causes in human culture and offers a path beyond.” Anonymous donation.

The Down-to-Earth Guide to Global Warming. Laurie David and Cambria Gordon. 2007. “[This] is the comprehensive resource readers can look to for understanding why global warming happens and the ways it impacts our planet, and how we can work together to stop it. Irreverent and entertaining, and packed with essential facts and suggestions for how to effect change, The Down-to-Earth Guide to Global Warming offers a message of hope.” Appropriate for kids and adults. Anonymous donation.

New Mexico Residential Water Issues: How Can We Use Water Wisely in the Home? DVD of June 11, 2008 GRIP Living Green Program presentation with Cheri Vogel, Water Conservation Coordinator with the NM Office of the State Engineer. Cheri discussed the range of conservation measures that we as individuals can implement inside and outside our homes to save water.

Farewell, My Subaru 2008. Written by Doug Fine — Mimbres Valley resident, author and National Public Radio contributor. “The details of Doug Fine’s experiment in green living are great fun– but more important is the spirit, the dawning understanding that living in connection to something more tangible than a computer mouse is what we were built for. It’ll make you want to move!” Donated by the author.

The Creation: A Meeting of Science and Religion
by Harvard University professor, E.O. Wilson.
“The Pulitzer Prize-winning entomologist. . . [argues] that both secular humanists like himself and believers in God acknowledge the glory of nature and can work together to save it.” Publisher’s Weekly

Natural Remodeling for the Not-So-Green House
by Carol Venolia and Kelly Lerner.
“This unique guide, inspired by the know-how of our not-so-distant past and the promise of today’s technology, shows homeowners new and exciting ways they can bring their house into greater harmony with nature.”

Building with Straw Volume 1
Learn the basics of straw-bale construction and passive solar design through this video workshop. Donated by Catherine Wanek of Natural Building Resources in Kingston, NM.

Biodiesel and Beyond: The Hope, the Hype, and the Hip-Hop!
Video of GRIP’s May 21, 2007 Living Green Series Presentation with bio-diesel advocate and eco-rapper, Charris Ford and Megan Hartman, owner of community-centered biodiesel station, “The Station” in Oracle, AZ . Includes short film, French Fries to Go, winner of the Telluride Mountain Film’s Best Environmental Film Award.

River Reflections: A Collection of River Writings
Edited by Verne Huser. “A compilation of forty writings of voyageurs and explorers, pioneers and naturalists, historians and river runners as they recorded their enchantment with rivers.”

Thrillcraft: The Environmental Consequences of Motorized Recreation.
Edited by George Wuerthner. Chelsea Green Publishing Company. 2007. “…. explores the ecological, economic, political and cultural effects of this mounting crisis. Road-raging essays by scientists, economists, activists, social critics, and others outline the many ways thrillcraft attack and degrade our collective natural heritage. More than one hundred graphic photographs document how this motorized assault is destroying ecosystems from the Florida Everglades to the Alaskan tundra.” Donated by local independent writer and radio producer, Richard Mahler, who contributed a chapter to the book entitled “The Human Cost of Silence Lost How a Noisy Environment Hurts Our Health”. For a copy of the book, contact Mahler at

Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life.
Barbara Kingsolver with Steven L. Hopp and Camille Kingsolver.Harper Collins. 2007. “With characteristic poetry and pluck, Barbara Kingsolver and her family sweep readers along on their journey away from the industrial-food pipeline to a rural life in which they vow to buy only food raised in their own neighborhood, grow it themselves, or learn to live without it. Their good-humored search yields surprising discoveries about turkey sex life and overly zealous zucchini plants, en route to a food culture that’s better for the neighborhood and also better on the table. Part memoir, part journalistic investigation, Animal, Vegetable, Miracle makes a passionate case for putting the kitchen back at the center of family life and diversified farmers at the center of the American diet.” Anonymous donation.

America by Rivers.
Tim Palmer. Island Press. 1996. “Palmer describes the rivers of America in all their remaining glory and tarnished beauty, as he presents a comprehensive tour of the whole of America’s river systems…..America by Rivers provides a new way of seeing our country, one that embraces the entire landscape and offers fresh avenues to adventure. It is compelling reading for anyone concerned about the health of our land and the future of our waterways.” Donated by Sally Smith.

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