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Essay

Lars Eighner – ‘On dumpster diving’ (1991)
http://www.tarleton.edu/Faculty/sword/On%20Dumpster%20Diving.pdf

Books

Hot, Flat, and Crowded – Why We Need A Green Revolution – And How It Can Renew America (2008) by Thomas L. Friedman – OpEd writer for the NYTimes. First two chapters of revised edition available online at: http://www.thomaslfriedman.com/bookshelf/hot-flat-and-crowded-2. Author has many articles from NYTimes available online. See article: Global Warming NYT: May 20, 2010.
Synopsis from http://www.thomaslfriedman.com/bookshelf/hot-flat-and-crowded

Thomas L. Friedman's no. 1 bestseller The World Is Flat has helped millions of readers to see globalization in a new way. Now Friedman brings a fresh outlook to the crises of destabilizing climate change and rising competition for energy—both of which could poison our world if we do not act quickly and collectively. His argument speaks to all of us who are concerned about the state of America in the global future.

Friedman proposes that an ambitious national strategy—which he calls "Geo-Greenism"—is not only what we need to save the planet from overheating; it is what we need to make America healthier, richer, more innovative, more productive, and more secure.

 As in The World Is Flat, he explains a new era—the Energy-Climate era—through an illuminating account of recent events. He shows how 9/11, Hurricane Katrina, and the flattening of the world by the Internet (which brought 3 billion new consumers onto the world stage) have combined to bring climate and energy issues to Main Street. But they have not gone very far down Main Street; the much-touted "green revolution" has hardly begun. With all that in mind, Friedman sets out the clean-technology breakthroughs we, and the world, will need; he shows that the ET (Energy Technology) revolution will be both transformative and disruptive; and he explains why America must lead this revolution—with the first Green President and a Green New Deal, spurred by the Greenest Generation.

Cradle to Cradle – Remaking the Way We Make Things Work – North Point Press (2002) William McDonough & Michael Braungart (185 pages) See Also Author William McDonough’s website for articles are related materials: http://www.mcdonough.com/full.htm  

William McDonough's new book, written with his colleague, the German chemist Michael Braungart, is a manifesto calling for the transformation of human industry through ecologically intelligent design. Through historical sketches on the roots of the industrial revolution; commentary on science, nature and society; descriptions of key design principles; and compelling examples of innovative products and business strategies already reshaping the marketplace, McDonough and Braungart make the case that an industrial system that "takes, makes and wastes" can become a creator of goods and services that generate ecological, social and economic value.

In addition to describing the hopeful, nature-inspired design principles that are making industry both prosperous and sustainable, the book itself is a physical symbol of the changes to come. It is printed on a synthetic 'paper,' made from plastic resins and inorganic fillers, designed to look and feel like top quality paper while also being waterproof and rugged. And the book can be easily recycled in localities with systems to collect polypropylene, like that in yogurt containers. This 'treeless' book points the way toward the day when synthetic books, like many other products, can be used, recycled, and used again without losing any material quality—in cradle-to-cradle cycles (from http://www.mcdonough.com/full.htm)