Green Reading

So, we’ve recommended some green Netflix movies for you to watch, and now I want to present you with some tips for green reading.


Read outside. Summer is the perfect time to catch up on some reading. There is more sunshine and you can relax outside with a good read. You can avoid using all energy and take advantage of the natural light.

Rent books from the library. We are fortunate to have a huge library full of books at our disposal. It is a very sustainable option.

Buy used books. Barnes & Noble has a used book section where I’ve been able to find books for as little as $1. There are also a few shops around town where you can pick up gently used books. I’ve found some really cool books this way.

Read books online/on an e-reader. This isn’t my favorite option because you can’t really get used books and it still requires energy, but it can be a great choice for people on the go.


Here are a couple of interesting books that I have checked out recently that relate to sustainability:

Foragers, Farmers, and Fossil Fuels

Foragers, Farmers, and Fossil Fuels: How Human Values Evolve by Ian Morris

Thinking Like an Island

Thinking Like an Island: Navigating a Sustainable Future in Hawai’i by Jennifer Chirico and Greg Farley


Both books consider all three aspects of sustainability and are fairly interesting reads. No matter what you like to read, find something you’ll enjoy and spend an afternoon in the grass or under the shade of a tree. You won’t regret it!


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Written by Mariah Greico, Class of 2018

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