Rainwater Harvesting for Drylands and Beyond, Volume 1, 2nd Edition

Guiding Principles to Welcome Rain Into Your Life and Landscape
Author: Brad Lancaster,Joe Marshall
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9780977246434
Category: Gardening
Page: 304
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"'Rainwater Harvesting for Drylands and Beyond, Volume 1' is the first book in a three-volume guide that teaches you how to conceptualize, design, and implement sustainable water-harvesting systems for your home, landscape, and community. The lessons in this volume will enable you to assess your on-site resources, give you a diverse array of strategies to maximize their potential, and empower you with guiding principles to create an integrated, multi-functional water-harvesting plan specific to your site and needs."--From publisher description.

Real Goods Solar Living Sourcebook

Your Complete Guide to Living beyond the Grid with Renewable Energy Technologies and Sustainable Living
Author: John Schaeffer
Publisher: New Society Publishers
ISBN: 1550925792
Category: Technology & Engineering
Page: 528
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What book would you want if you were stranded on a desert island? Widely regarded as the "bible" of off-grid living, Real Goods Solar Living Source Book might be your best choice. With over six hundred thousand copies in print worldwide, it is the most comprehensive resource available for anyone interested in lessening their environmental footprint or increasing their energy independence. The Solar Living Sourcebook, Fourteenth Edition is the ultimate guide to renewable energy, sustainable living, natural and green building, off-grid living, and alternative transportation, written by experts with decades of experience and a passion for sharing their knowledge. This fully revised and updated edition includes brand new sections on permaculture and urban homesteading and completely rewritten chapters on solar technology, sustainable transportation, and relocalization. It also boasts greatly expanded material on: Natural building Permaculture and biodynamics Electric and biofuel-powered vehicles Passive solar Solar water heating Grid-tie photovoltaic systems —plus maps, wiring diagrams, formulae, charts, electrical code, solar sizing worksheets, and much more. Whether you're a layperson or a professional, novice or longtime aficionado, the Sourcebook puts the latest research and information at your fingertips—everything you need to know to make sustainable living a reality. John Schaeffer is the president and founder of Real Goods—the foremost global source for tools and information on renewable energy, energy efficiency, and sustainable living. Since 1978, through Real Goods, he has pioneered solar technology in North America, providing over one hundred and fifty megawatts of solar power and helping to solarize over eighteen thousand homes.

The Water-Saving Garden

How to Grow a Gorgeous Garden with a Lot Less Water
Author: Pam Penick
Publisher: Ten Speed Press
ISBN: 1607747944
Category: Gardening
Page: 240
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A guide to growing beautiful gardens in drought-prone areas utilizing minimal water for maximum results. With climate change, water rationing, and drought on the rise, conserving water is more important than ever—but that doesn’t mean your gardening options are limited to cacti and rocks. The Water-Saving Garden provides gardeners and homeowners with a diverse array of techniques and plentiful inspiration for creating outdoor spaces that are so beautiful and inviting, it’s hard to believe they are water-thrifty. Including a directory of 100 plants appropriate for a variety of drought-prone regions of the country, this accessible and contemporary guide is full of must-know information on popular gardening topics like native and drought-tolerant plants, rainwater harvesting, greywater systems, permeable paving, and more. From the Trade Paperback edition.

The Art of Natural Building

Design, Construction, Resources
Author: Catherine Wanek,Michael Smith,Joseph F. Kennedy
Publisher: New Society Publishers
ISBN: 1550925601
Category: House & Home
Page: 480
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The popularity of natural building has grown by leaps and bounds, spurred by a grassroots desire for housing that is healthy, affordable, and environmentally responsible. While there are many books available on specific methods such as straw-bale construction, cob, or timber framing, there are few resources which introduce the reader to the entire scope of this burgeoning field. Fully revised and updated, The Art of Natural Building is the complete and user-friendly introduction to natural building for everyone from the do-it-yourselfer to architects and designers. This collection of articles from over fifty leaders in the field is now stunningly illustrated with over two-hundred full-color photographs of natural buildings from around the world. Learn about: The case for building with natural materials, from the perspectives of sustainability, lifestyle, and health What you need to know to plan and design your own beautiful and efficient natural home Explanations of thirty versatile materials and techniques, with resources on where to go for further information on each How these techniques are being used to address housing crises around the world. Clearly written, logically organized, and beautifully illustrated, The Art of Natural Building is the encyclopedia of natural building. Joseph F. Kennedy is a designer, builder, writer, artist, educator, and co-founder of Builders Without Borders. Michael G. Smith is a respected workshop instructor, consultant, and co-author of the best-selling book The Hand-Sculpted House. Catherine Wanek is a co-founder of Builders Without Borders and author/photographer of The Hybrid House and The New Straw Bale Home.

Sowing Seeds in the City

Ecosystem and Municipal Services
Author: Sally Brown,Kristen McIvor,Elizabeth Hodges Snyder
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 9401774536
Category: Technology & Engineering
Page: 407
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Urban agriculture has the potential to change our food systems, enhance habitat in our cities, and to morph urban areas into regions that maximize rather than disrupt ecosystem services. The potential impacts of urban agriculture on a range of ecosystem services including soil and water conservation, waste recycling, climate change mitigation, habitat, and food production is only beginning to be recognized. Those impacts are the focus of this book. Growing food in cities can range from a tomato plant on a terrace to a commercial farm on an abandoned industrial site. Understanding the benefits of these activities across scales will help this movement flourish. Food can be grown in community gardens, on roofs, in abandoned industrial sites and next to sidewalks. The volume includes sections on where to grow food and how to integrate agriculture into municipal zoning and legal frameworks.

Designing the Sustainable Site

Integrated Design Strategies for Small Scale Sites and Residential Landscapes
Author: Heather Venhaus
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 0470900091
Category: Architecture
Page: 235
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Here is a design manual for those interested in gaining the knowledge and skills necessary for achieving sustainability in residential settings. The book introduces the concept of regenerative design whereby built landscapes sustain and restore vital ecological functions. It guides readers through a design process relevant to new or retrofit residential landscapes that not only minimizes environmental damage, but help repair it. Photos, sketches and case studies from built projects illustrate concepts and practices. The text offers an excellent tool for a wide range of professionals involved in the residential landscape industry.

Eine kurze Geschichte der Menschheit


Author: Yuval Noah Harari
Publisher: DVA
ISBN: 364110498X
Category: History
Page: 528
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Krone der Schöpfung? Vor 100 000 Jahren war der Homo sapiens noch ein unbedeutendes Tier, das unauffällig in einem abgelegenen Winkel des afrikanischen Kontinents lebte. Unsere Vorfahren teilten sich den Planeten mit mindestens fünf weiteren menschlichen Spezies, und die Rolle, die sie im Ökosystem spielten, war nicht größer als die von Gorillas, Libellen oder Quallen. Vor 70 000 Jahren dann vollzog sich ein mysteriöser und rascher Wandel mit dem Homo sapiens, und es war vor allem die Beschaffenheit seines Gehirns, die ihn zum Herren des Planeten und zum Schrecken des Ökosystems werden ließ. Bis heute hat sich diese Vorherrschaft stetig zugespitzt: Der Mensch hat die Fähigkeit zu schöpferischem und zu zerstörerischem Handeln wie kein anderes Lebewesen. Anschaulich, unterhaltsam und stellenweise hochkomisch zeichnet Yuval Harari die Geschichte des Menschen nach und zeigt alle großen, aber auch alle ambivalenten Momente unserer Menschwerdung.

Tod und Leben großer amerikanischer Städte


Author: Jane Jacobs
Publisher: Birkhäuser
ISBN: 3035602123
Category: Architecture
Page: 220
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In The Death and Life of Great American Cities durchleuchtet Jane Jacobs 1961 die fragwürdigen Methoden der Stadtplanung und Stadtsanierung in Amerika, der "New Yorker" nannte es das unkonventionellste und provozierendste Buch über Städtebau seit langem. Die deutsche Ausgabe wurde schnell auch im deutschsprachigem Raum zu einer viel gelesenen und diskutierten Lektüre. Sie ist jetzt wieder in einem Nachdruck zugänglich, mit einem Vorwort von Gerd Albers (1993), das nach der Aktualität dieser Streitschrift fragt.

Naturnaher Wasserbau

Entwicklung und Gestaltung von Fließgewässern
Author: Peter Jürging,Werner Kraus
Publisher: Springer-Verlag
ISBN: 3540769811
Category: Technology & Engineering
Page: 456
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In fachübergreifender Perspektive beschreiben die Autoren die Entwicklung der Fließgewässer mit ihren Lebensräumen und erläutern auf dieser Grundlage die Methoden des naturnahen Wasserbaus. Die 3. Auflage wurde besonders im Hinblick auf die Umsetzung der EG-Wasserrahmenrichtlinie sowie die Änderung des Wasserhaushaltsgesetzes und des Hochwasserschutzgesetzes ergänzt. Das Buch enthält zahlreiche erläuternde Abbildungen, Grafiken und Farbtafeln, um die Gestaltungsmöglichkeiten bei der Renaturierung und Pflege von Fließgewässern anschaulich zu machen.

Rückkehr zur Liebe

Harmonie, Lebenssinn und Glück durch "Ein Kurs in Wundern"
Author: Marianne Williamson
Publisher: Goldmann Verlag
ISBN: 3641112001
Category: Self-Help
Page: 320
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Mit Herz und Einfühlsamkeit interpretiert die amerikanische Bestsellerautorin die Weisheit des spirituellen Grundlagenwerkes „Ein Kurs in Wundern“. Sie macht mit Hilfe eines Selbstheilungsprogramms verständlich, was es heißt, auch dann immer wieder zur Einheit und Liebe zurückzukehren, wenn wir in unseren Beziehungen in Konflikte geraten oder in einer schweren Lebenskrise stecken.

Biodynamisch gärtnern

Pflanzen, säen, ernten im Einklang mit den Natur- und Mondzyklen
Author: Monty Waldin
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9783831029907
Category:
Page: 256
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