Toolbox for Sustainable City Living

Toolbox for Sustainable City Living

A Do-it-ourselves Guide

Book - 2008
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The tools you need to create self-sufficient, ecologically sustainable cities

"A surprisingly effective model for connecting people with dreams to the resources they need." --Austin Chronicle

With more than half the world's population now residing--and struggling to survive--in cities, we can no longer afford to think of sustainability as something that applies only to forests and fields. We need sustainable living right where so many of us are: in urban neighborhoods. But how do we do it?

That's where Toolbox for Sustainable City Living comes in. In 2000 the dynamic Rhizome Collective transformed an abandoned warehouse in Austin, Texas, into a sustainability training center. Here, with their first book, Scott and Stacy, two of Rhizome's founders, provide city dwellers--those who have never foraged or gardened along with those who dumpster-dive and belong to CSAs--with step-by- step instructions for producing our own food, collecting water, managing waste, reclaiming land, and generating energy. 

With vibrant illustrations created by Juan Martinez of the Beehive Collective and descriptive text based on years of experimentation, Stacy and Scott explain how to build and grow with cheap, salvaged, and recycled materials. More than a how-to manual, Toolbox is packed with accessible and relevant tools to help move our communities from envisioning a sustainable future toward living it.

Scott Kellogg a Stacy Pettigrew are co-founders of the Rhizome Collective, an educational and activist organization based in Austin, Texas, that recently received a $200,000 grant from the EPA to clean up a 10-acre brownfield that they are transforming into an ecological justice park. Toolbox developed out of R.U.S.T.--Radical Urban Sustainability Training--their intensive weekend seminar in urban ecological survival skills.


Publisher: Cambridge, MA : South End Press, c2008
ISBN: 9780896087804
Branch Call Number: ANF 640 KEL
Characteristics: xviii, 241 p. : ill. ; 21 cm
Additional Contributors: Pettigrew, Stacy
Martinez, Juan


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Jun 13, 2017

This book provides a good overview of sustainable things that you can do. The book and I got off on the wrong foot however when the first page had a typo and the second page claimed that solar panels are useless after 25 years. Solar panels are normally guaranteed for 20-25 years to perform 80% of their initial rated value. After 25 years, the panels do not just stop working, they continue to produce however at a lower output. In a developing nation, 75% output is still not that bad...

I would describe this book as an idea book, not a DIY book as it states on the cover (it does not tell you how to do any of the ideas).

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