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Green Business Books for Small Businesses

Carolyn Schrader, small business sustainability evangelist
The list author says: "I love books. I love green books. I love helping small businesses figure out how to make their business green and sustainable for profit, their people, and social commitment. Here are my favorites that every small business owner should read."
Greening Your Small Business: How to Improve Your Bottom Line, Grow Your Brand, Satisfy Your Customers - and Save the Planet
Greening Your Small Business: How to Improve Your Bottom Line, Grow Your Brand, Satisfy Your Customers - and Save the Planet
DK Essential Managers: Green Business
DK Essential Managers: Green Business
"The perfect "little book" to get you started on your green journey. At 72 pages including index, there is just enough information to encourage you to go farther."
101 Ways to Turn Your Business Green: The Business Guide to Eco-Friendly Profits
101 Ways to Turn Your Business Green: The Business Guide to Eco-Friendly Profits
"You probably won't implement all 101 suggestions (like developing a brownfield for a new location), but buying air conditioning and vent covers is practical for many small businesses. Easy to read and well organized book."
The Green Business Guide: A One Stop Resource for Businesses of All Shapes and Sizes to Implement Eco-friendly Policies, Programs, and Practices
The Green Business Guide: A One Stop Resource for Businesses of All Shapes and Sizes to Implement Eco-friendly Policies, Programs, and Practices
"A comprehensive book for business of all sizes. Don't start with this book - you will feel overwhelmed and may procrastinate your green journey. Once you are underway, this is a content rich book you will want to read and refer to again."
Cradle to Cradle: Remaking the Way We Make Things
Cradle to Cradle: Remaking the Way We Make Things
"If you are well versed in the sustainability world and haven't yet read this gem, you need to add it to your reading list. I rate this a "graduate class" book. No easy action steps outlined here."
Hot, Flat, and Crowded: Why We Need a Green Revolution--and How It Can Renew America
Hot, Flat, and Crowded: Why We Need a Green Revolution--and How It Can Renew America
"Thomas Friedman's book is a classic in the green revolution. A great motivational book for Americans to go beyond the laws and regulations of green."
Greening Your Business: The Hands-On Guide to Creating a Successful and Sustainable Business
Greening Your Business: The Hands-On Guide to Creating a Successful and Sustainable Business
"This green book has some useful checklists for actions beyond the easy stuff. The author included information about Green Seal certification program, U.S. environmental regualtions, etc."
Sustainability 101: A Toolkit for Your Business
Sustainability 101: A Toolkit for Your Business
"This primer has much more than changing light bulbs and programming the thermostat suggestions. This book truly looks at a range of practical sustainability actions, such as personnel policies and ecologically printing marketing materials. Good for small businesses that are newer to the whole sustainability concept."
Alternative Energy Demystified
Alternative Energy Demystified
"So you have done the light bulb thing, the paper recycling thing and the HVAC maintenance thing -what next on your energy efficiency journey? Read this book to learn about usable and perhaps not so practical energy options. Very techy stuff in very understandable terms."