Earth-Friendly Design

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Designers create all products-from computers and cell phones to cars and buildings-to meet the needs and desires of buyers. But did you realize that each stage in the life of a manufactured product involves processes that can damage Earth's land, air, water, and the health of living things? Earth-friendly design can help us make our planet healthier. We must join together in this quest to make, move, use, reuse, and dispose of things in Earth-friendly ways. With engaging text and eye-catching images-plus a ...

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Designers create all products-from computers and cell phones to cars and buildings-to meet the needs and desires of buyers. But did you realize that each stage in the life of a manufactured product involves processes that can damage Earth's land, air, water, and the health of living things? Earth-friendly design can help us make our planet healthier. We must join together in this quest to make, move, use, reuse, and dispose of things in Earth-friendly ways. With engaging text and eye-catching images-plus a special Going Green section-this book tells you all about Earth-friendly design and what you can do to promote it.

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Children's Literature - Annie Laura Smith
All life is interdependent, which puts responsibility on the citizens of our planet Earth to use our natural resources wisely. These actions are part of a concept known as Earth-Friendly, or green design. These principles allow us to conserve our original resources and recycle materials whenever that is possible. We need to learn how to make things, move, use, reuse, and dispose of them in an Earth-Friendly manner to avoid damaging our land, air, water, and the well being of living things. A final chapter presents a look into the future and shows how collaboration among contractors, architects, engineers, designers, and material suppliers will ensure these principles are achieved. Tips on "going green" will help all consumers live more gently on our planet. Relevant images throughout the text show how we can promote and achieve Earth-Friendly design. A glossary defines the environmental vocabulary. Lists for further reading and information about environmental groups provide sources to understand better how to protect our resources and ensure our future as a planet. It is an excellent reference for a science curriculum. This book is part of the series, "Saving Our Living Earth," which explores other environmental topics of Earth-Friendly, Energy, and Waste Management; Protecting Earth's Air Quality, Land, Rain Forests, and Water Supply; and Understanding Global Warming. Reviewer: Annie Laura Smith
VOYA - Rebecca C. Moore
This series focuses on green lifestyles and preventing global warming. Presented in glossy full color, the books' short chapters include large photographs and sidebars on every page. They also include glossaries, "going green" tips, how to write to legislators, and annotated webliographies. Earth Friendly Design starts by describing in dire terms the environmental reasons why such designs are imperative. Chapters then cover green vehicles, earth-friendly products, green buildings and homes, communities making a difference, and possible future green designs. Pros and cons are included. The clear and simple writing is packed-sometimes overly so-with information and concrete examples of companies and organizations implementing green designs. Although the information is useful for illustrative purposes, unfortunately it tends to sound like product placement. Nevertheless the book will make readers think about the life cycle and resource content of their products, and it will be useful for middle school reports as well as browsing. Other series titles cover waste management, air quality, and rain forests among other topics. Reviewer: Rebecca C. Moore
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  • ISBN-13: 9781580138536
  • Publisher: Lerner Classroom
  • Publication date: 9/28/2008
  • Pages: 72
  • Age range: 9 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.60 (w) x 8.80 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 4

Earth-Friendly Design 6

Green Vehicles 12

Earth-Friendly Products 20

Buildings and Houses 30

Communities Making A Difference 42

A Greener Future 52

Going Green 62

Glossary 66

Source Note 68

Selected Bibliography 68

Further Reading 69

Index 70

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