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Review of Sustainable Technologies for Eliminating Waste, Recycling and for Real economic Progress. Many Links to sustainable technology, Recycling, organic gardening-farming, renewable energy, Permaculture and disaster relief web sites.
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electric Bicycles and electric Vehicles:

Convert your vehicle to an electric vehicle- classes, books, videos and consulting

book: Convert It; author: Michael Brown

eco recycle ~ saving Money & energy ~ nullify global starvation

Wind Energy:

Training for: building and maintaining wind generators

books for building wind energy systems -

Recycling Used Cooking Oil:

Run your diesel vehicle on used cooking oil.

Fill your gas tank at fast food restaurants.

book: From the Fryer to the Fuel Tank; author: Joshua Tickell

book: How to Make Biodiesel; author: Dan Carter

training for: veg oil engine conversion:

organic Vegetable Diesel Fuel:

heating buildings with Vegetable Bio-Diesel

(recycled used Cooking Oil works better than home heating oil)

heating buildings and spas with Solar hot water and radiant floor heating systems

training for: installing and maintaining solar radiant heating systems: sli (at)

Passive solar heating of buildings

book: Passive Solar House; author: James Kachadorian

book: Solar House: Passive Heating and Cooling; author: Ph.D. Chiras

book: Affordable Passive Solar Homes; author: Richard Crowther

book: Passive Solar Design and Construction Handbook; author: Michael J. Crosbie

book: Warm House, Cool House: Inspirational Designs for Low-Energy Housing; author: Nick Hollo

training for: developing countries and for emergency response teams: ian (at)

Specialized training for women

Emergency Shelters and Housing

book: Earthbag Building; author: Kaki Hunter

Worm Composting:

book: Worms Eat My Garbage; author: Mary Appelhof

book: Recycle With Earthworms; author: Shelley Grossman

book: Let An Earthworm Be Your Garbage Man

book: The Farmer's Earthworm Handbook; author: David Ernst

article: The Worm Composting Toilet

resources for the Classroom

schools and univerities composting their organic waste


training and seminars:

Kitchen Worm Composter

Compost Tea:

book: Compost Tea Brewing Manual; author: Elaine Ingham

book: An Introduction to the Soil Foodweb; author: Elaine Ingham

Worm Tea:

E.M. Composting: Microorganisms.htm

book: Beneficial and Effective Microorganisms for a Sustainable Agriculture and Environment; author: Teruo Higa

book: An Earth Saving Revolution; author: Teruo Higa

book: Eco Pure The Front Line of EM Kitchen Garbage Recycle; author: EM Joho-shitsu

book: EM Teacher's Manual Transforming Waste

EM Kitchen Composter bucket

Recycling Waste Water:

Purifying waste water with plant technology:

book: Growing Clean Water; author: B. C. Wolverton

Purifying water with Pond Sand Filter Systems

Gray Water Recycling:

book: Builder's Greywater Guide; author: Art Ludwig

Recycling Heat from Waste Water for heating and cooling buildings:

No Flush Composting Toilet Systems:

book: Composting Toilet System Book; author: David Del Porto

book: Humanure Handbook; author: Joseph Jenkins

book: Wastewater Recycling Manual

book: The Toilet Papers: Designs to Recycle Human Waste; author: Sim Van Der Ryn

article: The Worm Composting Toilet

training for: building composting toilet systems

Solar Water Purification:

Solar Powered Ozone Water Treatment Systems

Recycling and Purifying Indoor Air by utilizing plant technology (reducing heating and cooling costs):

book: How To Grow Fresh Air; author: B. C. Wolverton

Solar Tube Indoor Daylighting for growing plants indoors (reducing heating and cooling costs):

Rainwater Harvesting collection systems:

book: Rainwater Harvesting; author: Arnold Pacey & Adrian Cullis

book: Rainwater Catchment Systems for Domestic Supply; author: Erik Nissen Petersen

book: Water Storage: Tanks, Cisterns; author: by Art Ludwig

book: Water Harvester's Manual

book: Tanks of South India

Fog Water collection systems:

book: Fog Water Collection Manual

book: Last Oasis: Facing Water Scarcity; author: Sandra Postel

book: Water for every Farm; author: P. Yeomans

book: Gardening Without Water; author: Charlotte Green

Roof top Gardening and Farming and storm water abatement (Recycling storm water)

Saving energy costs by reducing heating and cooling costs and heat island mitigation:

Recycling storm water (heat island mitigation, cleaning and filtering storm water)

Porous concrete vehicle parking areas and green parking lots

Purifying and Recycling Polluted Soil with plants (phytoextraction of lead, arsenic and uranium from soil):

Recycling Glass:

Reduce air conditioning cost 20% to 40%

Paint your house and roof white, which reflects infra red sunlight

Insulating house paint - reduce heating and cooling costs and energy use:

Recycling Straw- Create furniture and houses from straw waste

book: Building With Straw Bales; author: Barbara Jones

book: More Straw Bale Building; author: Chris Magwood

book: Serious Straw Bale; author: Paul Lacinski

journal: The Last Straw;

training for: buiding straw bale buildings

Eliminate Hunger Luke 10:29

Organic Farming will Feed the World:

utilizing Organic Community Gardens to feed the hungry

book: Growing Communities: How to Build Community Through Community Gardening; author: Jeanette Abi-Nader

book: Cultivating Community: Principles and Practices for Community Gardening as a Community-Building Tool; author: Karen Payne

book: In Gardens We Trust

utilizing Organic gardens in schools for improving Academic Performance and social development

books about Organic gardening-farming

book: Eco-Farm; author: Charles Walters

journal: Acres

books about Biodynamic gardening-farming

organic Gardening Therapy

book: Starting a Horticultural Therapy Program; author: Cathedne Drew

book: Healing Gardens; author: Clare Cooper Marcus

book: Restorative Gardens; author: Nancy Gerlach-Spriggs

Winter farming and Gardening - Solar greenhouses and more

Passive Solar Greenhouse Workshop: design, construction & year round production:

contact: sandcmoore (at) telephone: 717.225.2489 (USA) Steve & Carol Moore

book: Lasagna Gardening; author: Patricia Lanza

heating Green houses with Solar Hot Water and radiant floor heating systems

book: Energy Conservation for Commercial Greenhouses;

book: Greenhouses for Homeowners and Gardeners;

book: The Complete Greenhouse Book: Building and Using Greenhouses from Cold-Frames to Solar Structures; author: Peter Clegg

book: The Complete book of the Greenhouse; author: Ian Walls

book: Greener Greenhouses;

book: Greenhouse Gardener's Companion; author: Shane Smith

book: The Polytunnel Companion; author: Jayne Neville

book: Gardening Under Plastic: How to Use Fleece, Films, Cloches & Polytunnels; author: Bernard Salt

Bringing Sun Light Indoors for Gardening inside your home (recycling indoor air with plants, save energy)

book: Daylight Design of Buildings; author: Nick Baker

utilizing organic Allotments to feed the hungry:

book: The City People's Book of Raising Food, authors: William Olkowski and Helga Olkowski

book: Allotment Gardening; author: Susan Berger

book: Successful Allotments

book: The Allotment Handbook


journal: Permaculture Activist

journal: Permaculture Magazine

journal: Permaculture Drylands Journal

PIL's Planet Newsletter

Permaculture Farming-Gardening Methods for Europe and Temperate Countries:

book: The Earth Care Manual; author: Patrick Whitefield

Peak Oil and Permaculture

Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) keeping communities Safe from Peak Oil article 1.html

book: Farms of Tomorrow: Community Supported Farms; author: Trauger Groh

book: Rebirth of the Small Family Farm, authors: Bob and Bonnie Gregson

book: MetroFarm; author: Michael Olson

Wind Energy:

books for building wind energy systems -

Training for: building and maintaining wind generators

Solar Energy: ( and

Solar Energy training - build and maintain solar energy systems ian (at)

Micro-Hydro energy:

book: Micro-Hydro Design Manual; author: Adam Harvey

book: Micro-Hydro Pelton Turbine Manual; author: Jeremy Thake

book: Motors As Generators for Micro-Hydro Power; author: Nigel Smith

book: Microhydro: Clean Power from the Sun; author: Scott Davis

training for: building and mainting micro-hydro systems: ian (at)

solar Medical Equipment and solar Hospitals:

solar Refrigerators for vaccines and medicines:

Solar Water Desalination:

Solar water heaters and heating swimming pools & spas with solar

free books:

book: Solar Hot Water Systems: Lessons Learned 1977 to Today; author: Tom Lane

training for: installing and maintaining Solar water heating systems: sli (at)

Solar Water Pumps:

Free Journal about Solar Energy, Sustainable Technologies:

Solar Cookers and Solar Ovens:

book: Heaven's Flame; author: Joseph Radabaugh

book: Solar Cooking Naturally; author: Virginia Gurley

journal: Solar Cooker Review;

Dangerous pollution from Bio-Gas cookers: (pdf File)

Solar Oil Cookers/Ovens and Solar Sterling Motors: b.kovats (at)

Solar Dish Stirling Engines

Houses from the Earth:

book: The Cobber's Companion: How to Build Your Own Earthen Home; author: Michael Smith

book: The Hand Sculpted House; author: Ianto Evans

book: Ceramic Houses and Earth Architecture; author: Nader Khalili

book: The Earth-Sheltered House; author: Rob Roy

book: The Rammed Earth House; author: David Easton

book: The Owner-Built Adobe House; author: Duane Newcomb

book: Australian Earth-covered building; author: S. Baggs


Ocean Energy, Tidal Energy and River Energy:

Tours of Solar Homes and Solar Buildings:

Storing Renewable Energy for later use

Solar Heat Storage

Water Battery - economical energy storage for developing countries and for remote sites:

Use a Ram Pump to pump water to an elevated storage tank. Then use the gravity of the water in the storage tank to generate electricity by utilizing a Micro-Hydro generator.

Build into the Future

Indestructible and energy efficient buildings and homes (Hurricane proof, Tornado proof, Earthquake proof and Tidal Wave proof) cnalbant (at)

Why be Stupid?

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