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Sustainability Made Simple: Small Changes for Big Impact

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Sustainability Made Simple is an introduction to sustainability and sustainable living that explores the relationship between everyday life and the intricate global environmental issues of today, including air and water pollution, deforestation, and climate change. Rosaly Byrd and Lauren DeMates offer an optimistic yet realistic perspective on our impact on the environment ...more
Hardcover, Updated, paperback edition 2019, 220 pages
Published March 17th 2017 by Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
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Shahda Al Taie
Jan 31, 2017 rated it really liked it
I liked this book a lot! Coming from a Green Economy and Sustainability background, I found this book to be of great help to introduce the concepts of Sustainability to any type of reader. It does provide facts and very recent figures (which is not usually the case with most books) and is still catered to the interested layman.

The first part of the book provides a solid background on the science behind global warming, melting glaciers and climate change and its causes and possible effects. Wher
Mindy Mutterperl
Bryd and DeMates have made an important contribution to the literature on sustainability, offering both an insightful overview of the environmental issues facing us today and practical suggestions for anyone who wants to address these challenges at a personal level.
Jul 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: climate
Despite whether the unsustainable action is done by one or is the aggregate of many, we need to, and can do, something about it.

Consumption at rates seen in the United States is not sustainable in a world with limited resources and the impact is global.

Systems have been set up over the last 50 years to make unsustainable actions the norm.

Sustainability starts with us.
Russell Cambell
Jan 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I am now keely aware of many issues I had no clue about. I am definitely motivated to make some changes in my lifestyle. The book gives many ways to do this in a easy but effective way.
Patricia Ponder
Jul 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
Good tips for saving money and resources.
Jul 30, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: library-book
This is a case where the cover is a bit misleading. Based on the type and cover design, I expected the book to be more of a listing of ideas on how to make less of a carbon footprint. While the last half of the book does give some suggestions, the book is extremely heavy on all the things wrong, backed up by studies and statistics.

This is a good book if you want to research more into different areas we are 'screwing up' our world and look into specific studies around that topic.

I was hoping for
Nov 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
Books about this subject are just coming out. At first, it looked like it was going to be a hard read. But after the first chapter or so, of startling statistics like, how bees are the backbone of our food systems. Without them, we’re going to loose 30% of the worlds food and 90% of wild plants (p.6). The culprit is manmade, Neonicotinoids -a pesticide. 100 companies are responsible for 71% of global emissions (The Guardian, a reporting news outlet). Then the books into options of every kind on ...more
Raynell McClellan
Jan 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
" Sustainability Made Simple" is a great book on my opinion. I enjoyed reading it and it has really inspired me to do more for the environment. The book is very much so based on fact and research. The authors gives many links to articles and research papers. The book may not necessarily seem "simple" as the title suggest However, it is still definitely a great read for anyone looking to understand the importance of sustainability and ways you can make an impact as an individual. ...more
May 05, 2020 rated it liked it
The eco-conscious among us will already be familiar with most of the sustainability tips in this book, but the research to back up the authors’ suggestions is impressive. It would be interesting (and useful) to read an updated version with tips on how to counter the environmental policy changes that have occurred during the current administration.
Jun 22, 2018 rated it liked it
I think it's made a little too simple to really be that interesting or thought-provoking. I wish it went into some more detail, and also maybe had some more poetry. This is a call to action, and I want you to appeal to my emotions a little bit. That said it's all written well enough, and I did learn some things. It's not bad, it's just... nothing special. Even for an introductory type work. ...more
Jul 25, 2017 rated it it was ok
An easy book to skim through. Be sure to skip over the first section (what a downer). Just look for the bold headings, and you'll get all the tips for life-style changes that you need. Nothing ground-breaking, but a little motivating; I'm inspired to do better with my reducing, reusing, and recycling. ...more
Mar 17, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Taking care of nature

The books provided a lot of information about taking care of our environment. It is useful and informative. It is however rather dry and reads like a collegiate paper.
Feb 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
A good primer on sustainability across many areas of impact. Lots of references to organizations and key players in the field. Good foundation to build on.
Mar 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
I liked the message but the way it was written was so dry. It would be better suited for someone who just first learning about environmental science and sustainability.
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Rosaly Byrd is the co-author of the book Sustainability Made Simple, and co-founder of the blog The Sustainability Co-Op that works to engage readers on global environmental issues. Rosaly has lived in Haiti and Brazil, working on environmental policy and sustainable development for the Inter-American Development Bank and UNDP. She also writes as a freelance blogger for the Huffington Post and is ...more

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