Energy Action Month
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Moving beyond energy awareness to spur action to save energy and water, the current Energy Awareness Month has been renamed to National Energy Action Month. Find books on energy policy, energy conservation, and healthy enivronments through these books and more at the SRJC Libraries.
The idea that we must choose between a healthy environment and a healthy economy is a myth, says author David Goldstein. Not only do well-conceived environmental regulations create more jobs, in the long run they contribute to more efficient designs and less expensive products. Standing between us and a cleaner, more prosperous society is the resistance of economic incumbents and a misplaced ideological opposition to any kind of regulation, even though it might prove beneficial.
Mahoney Library. Call Number: HD9502.U53 G65 2007
This book examines the potential for reducing energy demand through improving efficiency by using existing technologies, technologies developed but not yet utilized widely, and prospective technologies. The book evaluates technologies based on their estimated times to initial commercial deployment, and it provides an analysis of costs, barriers, and research needs. This quantitative characterization of technologies will guide policy makers toward planning the future of energy use in America. Industry leaders, investors, environmentalists, and others will also benefit from this practical diagnosis of energy efficiency possibilities.
Doyle Library. Call Number: HD9502.U62 R43 2010
This key reference is a primer on energy in a state that continues to lead the world in finding sustainable solutions to one of the most pressing issues of the twenty-first century. While much public debate has focused on fossil fuels, this clearly written guide provides essential information on a broader range of issues--where our energy comes from, where future supplies will be found, and what new advances are being made in the area of renewable energy sources.
Doyle and Mahoney Libraries. Call Number: TJ163.25.C2 A856 2009
This eye-opening book reports the results of a large-scale study based on extensive financial and technical analyses of more than 150 green buildings in the U.S. and ten other countries. It provides detailed findings on the costs and financial benefits of building green. According to the study, green buildings cost roughly 2% more to build than conventional buildings—far less than previously assumed—and provide a wide range of financial, health and social benefits. In addition, green buildings reduce energy use by an average of 33%, resulting in significant cost savings.
Doyle Library. Call Number: NA2542.36 .K38 2010
This enlightening book begins with a look back on the deregulatory efforts of the 1990s and their gradual replacement by concerns over climate change, promoting new technologies, and developing stable prices and supplies. In thorough but non-technical terms it explains the revolutionary changes that the Smart Grid is bringing to utility operations. It also examines the options for low-carbon emissions along with the real-world challenges the industry and its regulators must face as the industry retools and finances its new sources and systems.
Doyle Library. Call Number: HD9685.U5 F6144 2010
Among recent concerns about the use of nonrenewable fuels such as oil and coal, scientists have been trying to discover alternative ways of making energy and electricity available. Sunlight is a free, unlimited resource that hits the Earth with more energy in an hour than the people of the world use in a year. The colorful How Do Solar Panels Work? reveals how researchers are working on ways to harness the power of sunlight through solar panels and delves into the science behind this pollution-free energy source.
Doyle Library Call Number: TJ810.3 .H36 2010