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Sustainable Landscaping For Dummies

Sustainable Landscaping For Dummies provides hands-on, how-to instruction for realizing the benefits of a sustainable landscape, from selecting sutainable hardscape materials to installing a rain-water catchment system to choosing native plants.

Compost Toilets: A Guide for Owner-builders

Why use a compost toilet? The reasons most often mentioned are water
conservation and elimination of *water pollution. The flush toilet, long considered the symbol of modern sanitation and progress, wastes approximately
40 percent of all water piped into the home. in recent years, the demand has
escalated, leaving that resource increasingly scarce in some regions. The
waterless, or compost toilet can save from 25-60 gallons of water per person
per day.’
A second consideration is waste recycling. The decision was made, years
ago, that water would serve as a sewage disposal medium; that choice is
becoming a heavy social burden. American taxpayers spend billions of dollars
each year on sewage treatment facilities. As water use increases, treatment
plants get bigger and yet the technology is hard-pressed to keep up with the
volume and types of wastes in our disposal water. On-site waste treatment
and recycling through compost toilets could partially alleviate the strain
on these facilities.

Beyond You and Me: Inspirations and Wisdom for Building Community

Beyond You and Me is the first volume in the Four Keys to Sustainable Communities series and is a practical anthology for anyone seeking to rebuild existing fragmented villages and communities, establish new group enterprises and ecovillages, and heal the wounds of conflict and social division. It is for those seeking to live cooperatively and in peace with fellow human beings and the Earth.

Since the beginning of human history, we have lived in communities. That is, however, until the mid-twentieth century, when cheap fossil-fuel energy has enabled many of us in industrialized countries to live more socially dispersed and isolated lives. But now, escalating climate change, peak oil, and the need to radically reduce our carbon consumption dictate that this unsustainable way of life cannot continue. We must relearn the art of community building and conflict resolution.

Beyond You and Me offers skills in communication, conflict resolution, leadership, facilitation, and consensus decision making, and an inspiring perspective on solving global problems. Written by an international group of social and ecological pioneers, it includes the voices of Marshall B. Rosenberg, Wangaari Maathai, Starhawk, Azriel Cohen, Hildur Jackson, and Helena Norberg-Hodge.

The Four Keys represent the four dimensions of sustainable design–the Worldview, the Social, the Ecological, and the Economic. This series is endorsed by UNESCO and is an official contribution to the UN Decade of Education for Sustainable Development. The other books of the series are Gaian Economics, Designing Ecological Habitats, and The Song of the Earth. The Four Keys to Sustainable Communities series was completed in 2012 and is now available in the U.S. for the first time.

Self Build and Renovation For Dummies

Creating your dream home is an exciting idea, but it’s also a major project and one where you need to be an expert on everything from planning laws to landscape design, and all that’s in between. Self Build and Renovation For Dummies takes you through every step of the process, from choosing and buying a plot of land, through to the building’s design and on to the actual build – plus all the financial and legal stuff – using plain English in an easy-to-understand format. Here is everything you need to know to create your perfect home.

Jazz For Dummies 2nd Edition

Includes a list of more than 100 recordings for your jazz collection

The fun and easy way to explore the world of jazz

Jazz is America’s greatest music, but with over a century’s worth of styles and artists, where do you begin? Relax! This hep cat’s guide delivers the scoop on the masters and their music — from Duke Ellington to Charlie Parker to Wynton Marsalis. It’s just what you need to tune in to the history and musical structure of jazz and become a more savvy listener.

Discover how to

* Understand the traits and roots of jazz
* Tune in to jazz styles, from big band to bebop
* Listen to great jazz artists
* Catch a live jazz performance
* Succeed in a jazz ensemble