Academic journal article Reference & User Services Quarterly

America Goes Green: An Encyclopedia of Eco-Friendly Culture in the United States

Academic journal article Reference & User Services Quarterly

America Goes Green: An Encyclopedia of Eco-Friendly Culture in the United States

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America Goes Green: An Encyclopedia of Eco-Friendly Culture in the United States. by Kim Kennedy White and Leslie H. Durham. Santa Barbara, CA: ABCCLIO, 2012. 3 vols. Acid free $294 (ISBN: 978-1-59884657-7). E-book available (978-1-59884-658-4), call for pricing.

What it means to be green or eco-friendly as an individual, community, or nation is difficult to define or quantify. Concepts like sustainable development, economic justice, and carbon footprint are open to interpretation; and the meaning of these concepts is evolving as society comes to a better understanding of man's impact on the earth and the need to address all environmental issues. Therefore, any effort to go green on any scale needs to be an informed effort and an encyclopedia like America Goes Green offers a broad, interdisciplinary approach to identifying the issues and making productive decisions.

Editor, Kim Kennedy White and contributing editor, Leslie A. Duram have gathered 160 academic and environmental writers to create a three-volume reference work. Volume one and the first half of volume two are comprised of thematic entries organized under major categories such as "Arts, Entertainment, and Media" and "Food and Drink." The signed entries are three to six pages in length, include a reference list, and are complimented by black and white photography. A special feature of many of the entries is the inclusion of a sidebar called "greenovation" or "greenovator" which describes individuals or activities related to the issue detailed in the entry. The second half of volume two provides an alphabetical list of primary documents related to environmental issues. These documents include the texts of public laws on clean water, conference proceedings from environmental summits, and informational reports from the Environmental Protection Agency Volume three is comprised of entries on individual U. …

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