Torrance Goes “Green” – Environmental Fair

June 5, 2009 at 8:48 pm 1 comment

indexThe City of Torrance is hosting an Environmental Fair at the Madrona Marsh Nature Center on June 13. It’s a great opportunity to learn more about environmental concerns, energy conservation, and what you and your family can do to help make your community more environmentally friendly. In addition to picking up information on green home improvements, energy efficient transportation, and water conservation, stop by our library booth to get a sampling of the wealth of library resources available on environmental concerns.

One of the best new books we’ve received on the subject of converting to a more environmentally conscious life style is Green Your Home by Jeanne Roberts. The book is loaded with great information on how to conserve electricity and water, ways to create a healthy home environment, and how to lessen our adverse physical impacts as we go about our lives. For example, did you know that computers are “energy vampires” and use power even when off? The book reports that computers and servers use 3% of all electricity produced in the country, and the Department of energy expects use to continue rising in the next decade. You may not realize that 33% of the energy is going to your computer monitor, so Roberts suggests you turn the screen off or put your computer on “sleep” mode every time you leave your desk. While it’s just one method to help me cut my energy consumption, I’ve started this practice every time I leave my office or home computer.

It’s never too early to help young people understand the importance of preserving our natural resources and library staff suggest some of the following books to share with your children or grandchildren:
          
What Can You Make of It? By Fritz Brandenberg

Dinah for President by Claudia Mills

The Great Kapok Tree: A Tale of the Amazon Rain Forest by Lynne Cherry

Afternoon on the Amazon by Mary Pope Osborne

Flush by Carl Hiaasen

Hoot by Carl Hiaasen

Judy Moody Saves the World by Megan McDonald

Robert Takes a Stand by Barbara Seuling

Firestorm by David Klass

Helping Children Get Involved

Recycling by Charlotte Wilcox

Reducing and Recycling Waste by Carol Inkstapp

The Lazy Environmentalist on A Budget: Save Money, Save Time, Save the Planet by Josh Dorfman

Mission Save The Planet: 10 Steps Any Kid Can Take to Save the Planet by Sally Ride

The Library’s website also has links to helpful resources on ecology and environmental science.

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  • 1. castleqwayr  |  June 5, 2009 at 9:45 pm

    I was two weeks old when we moved to Torrance. Now I am a happy Hoosier. Boy o Boy Torrance and its environs has changed. Was out there 3 months ago and looked up my old neighborhood on Carmelynn St. It is part of my soul and I had god and painful times there. Went to West High and El Camino College.

    Check out my blog if you so choose at http://castleqwayr.wordpress.com/

    God bless the Madrona Marsh

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