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Press Release: August 20, 2009

Living Green: The Missing Manual--New from O'Reilly: An All-in-One Resource For How You Can Help The Environment

Sebastopol, CA—Taking care of the earth is more important than ever, but the problems we're facing can seem overwhelming. Living Green: The Missing Manual (O'Reilly Media, $19.99 USD) helps make earth-friendly decisions more manageable by narrowing them down to a few simple choices.

Author Nancy Conner says, "The book takes a three-pronged approach to green living: healthy living, energy efficiency, and environmental stewardship. Readers will be able to make improvements in all of these areas. They can eliminate harmful chemicals from their households and food, replacing them with healthier alternatives. They can find ways to reduce their carbon footprint and save money on utility bills. And they can start to make an immediate difference in the health of the planet. The book emphasizes that each choice we make has consequences and helps readers to make greener choices."

This all-in-one resource is packed with practical advice on ways you can help the environment by making simple changes in your home routine, work habits, and the way you shop and get around town. You don't have to embark on a radical new lifestyle to make a difference. Living Green: The Missing Manual shows you how small changes can have a big impact.

Nancy emphasizes the simplicity of these decisions: "Life is full of conveniences, but it can be easy to lose sight of what those conveniences cost in terms of their effect on the earth. People don't have to give up their conveniences, but they do have to become aware of how their personal choices affect the world. Living Green: The Missing Manual helps people understand environmental issues and make informed choices in all areas of their lives. Anyone who's concerned about the world their children and grandchildren will inherit understands that we need to take action now."

With the help of Living Green: The Missing Manual, you will:

  • Learn how to make your home energy efficient and free of toxic chemicals
  • Discover how to reduce waste, repurpose and recycle, and do more with less
  • Build and remodel earth-friendly homes with new techniques and materials
  • Learn tips for buying organic food and what it takes to grow your own
  • Get helpful information on fuel-efficient cars, including hybrid and electric models
  • Make your workplace greener and more cost-effective -- from changes at your desk to suggestions for company-wide policies
  • Explore how to choose renewable energies, such as wind and solar power

The book also provides you with ways to connect with like-minded people and offers a survey of exciting new green technologies. Learn how you can help the planet with Living Green: The Missing Manual.

For a review copy or more information please email Please include your delivery address and contact information.

Nancy Conner holds a Ph.D. from Brown University and is the author of numerous books, including QuickBase: The Missing Manual and Google Apps: The Missing Manual. She lives in Ithaca, NY, recently named one of the greenest U.S. cities, where she shops for organic produce at the local farmers market and browses second-hand stores. Each day, she commutes up the stairs to her home office, where she works as an author, editor, and distance educator. Read Nancy's Living Green blog at

Additional Resources:
For more information about the book, including table of contents, index, author bios, and cover graphic, see:

Living Green: The Missing Manual
Nancy Conner
ISBN: 9780596801724, 312 pages,
Book Price: $19.99 USD, £15.50 GBP
Ebook Price: $15.99 USD

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