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Learning About Green Technology - Green Tech Books

written by: Stephanie Mojica•edited by: Rebecca Scudder•updated: 1/28/2010

Green technology books are a great way to learn more than just technical tips. Many titles in this growing field deal with green living and green entrepreneurship, which in turn can help you adapt environmentally-friendly habits in many areas of your life.

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    "Green to Gold: How Smart Companies Use Environmental Strategy to Innovate, Create Value, and Build Competitive Advantage"

    "Green to Gold: How Smart Companies Use Environmental Strategy to Innovate, Create Value, and Build Competitive Advantage," authored by Daniel Esty and Andrew Winston, is one of the green technology books published in 2009 by Wiley. Amazon reviews are largely favorable toward this 400-page work, which CNBC European Business described as "an excellent, updated primer that tracks the A to Z of getting a grip on green as a business leader."

    Esty and Winston are Yale graduates and discuss green strategies adopted by major corporations such as Wal-Mart, GE and Chiquita. A number of general green living topics--as related to business--are covered. Chapters include information on deforestation, fisheries, ocean, climate change, energy and water. This appears to be a solid primer on not just green technology, but green living and entrepreneurship.

    List Price (as of January 2010): $19.95

    Amazon Price (as of January 2010): $13.57

    ISBN: 978-0470393741

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    "75 Green Businesses You Can Start to Make Money and Make A Difference"

    "75 Green Businesses You Can Start to Make Money and Make A Difference," authored by Ph.D.-holder Glenn Croston is another well-ranked choice among available green technology books on Amazon. The 2008 book, published by Entrepreneur Press, offers 328 pages from a notable expert in the green entrepreneurship field. Croston's work is lauded online by several experts, including Ray Smilor, executive director of the Beyster Institute at the Rady School of Management at the University of California, San Diego and author of "Daring Visionaries: How Entrepreneurs Build Companies, Inspire Allegiance, and Create Wealth."

    People interested in work-at-home can still find some environmentally-friendly tech tips and business choices in Croston's book. However, this resource appears to be more geared toward those who want to develop companies such as green cafes, green car dealerships, green bed and breakfasts and building green homes and businesses.

    List Price (as of January 2010): $19.95

    Amazon Price (as of January 2010: $13.57

    ISBN: 978-1599181806

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    "50 Green Projects for the Evil Genius"

    "50 Green Projects for the Evil Genius," authored by professional consultant Jamil Shariff, offers practical advice on how to use green technology and other environmentally-friendly concepts for both home and business pursuits. The 208-page work was published by McGraw Hill in 2008 and appears to be one of Amazon's hidden gems in this field.

    Shariff discussed in detail processes apparently not found in most green technology books, such as how to safely convert your car to biodiesel, how to build a wind turbine or solar water heater and methods of developing window insulation at home or using a worm compost bin. For those looking on how to actually use green living concepts at home or work, Shariff's projects may help move people from an environmentally-friendly thinker to a green living genius.

    List Price (as of January 2010): $24.95

    Amazon Price (as of January 2010): $16.47

    ISBN: 978-0071549592