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Books, journals and hardcopies


Climate Change
Global Warming Debate – one of the ‘Issues’ series which all contain short, illustrated articles by a number of different organisations, giving a broad perspective. Photocopiable. £6.95 available from CAT

Background information for teachers and students

The Issues series of books have a good range of views represented in a set of short articles: available from CAT. The series includes, ‘A Consumer Society’ and ‘Poverty and Equality’.

The Little Earth Book – £5.99 available from CAT

'The World Guide’, available as a book or CD ROM. A 600 page reference book with up to date facts and information on 217 countries with related maps, diagrams and statistics. £29.95

‘UK Environment’ is produced by The Stationery Office and provides recent information under 17 broad headings.

Action in school (& curriculum materials)
‘Managing Energy’ is an invaluable resource full of material on measuring energy use within the school and reducing it. Part of the TEP Science with Technology series, available from CAT mail order.

‘How to make your school water efficient: a step-by-step guide’ – Environment Agency (free from EA on 0845 933 3111).

Teaching resources
‘Teaching about Energy.’ Produced by CAT and Southgate publishers in Resources for Science and Technology teaching. It won the TES primary science book of the year award in 2000.

‘One Small Step’. An extremely useful and readable book about understanding and teaching clearly about environmental issues

‘Citizenship for the Future’ A wonderful, inspiring book based on many years experience of working with students and children'

CAT pupil and teacher guides
‘Pupils guide to wind power’
, ‘Pupils guide to solar power’, ‘Pupils guide to waterpower’

‘Teachers guide to solar heating projects’
, ‘Teachers guide to solar electricity projects’, ‘Teachers guide to wind power projects’, ‘Teachers guide to water powers projects’, ‘Renewable Energy in the School Grounds’


Baldwin, J. (1996) Bucky Works: Buckminster Fuller's Ideas for Today, John Wiley & Sons Ltd

Burall, P. (1991) Green Design, Design Council, London

Charter, M and Tischner, U (2001) Sustainable solutions: developing products and services for the future, Greenleaf, Sheffield

Charter, M (1999) Greener marketing: a global perspective on greening marketing practice, Greenleaf, Sheffield

Datschefski, E (2001) The total beauty of sustainable products, Rotovision, Hove

Elkington, J. and Hailes, J. (1988) The Green Consumer Guide, Gollancz, London

Mackenzie, D. (1991) Green Design: Design for the Environment, Laurence King Ltd., London

Klostermann, J E M and Tukker, A (1998) Product innovation and eco-efficiency: twenty-three industry efforts to reach the Factor 4, Kluwer Academic, Dordrecht

Ottman, J. (1997) Green Marketing - Opportunity for Innovation, NTC Business Books, Illinois

Packard, V. (1963) The Waste Makers, Penguin, Middlesex

Papanek, V. (1985) Design for the Real World: Human Ecology and Social Change, Thames and Hudson, London

Papanek, V. (1995) The Green Imperative: Ecology and Ethics in Design and Architecture, Thames and Hudson, London

Papanek, V and Hennessey, J (1977) How things don't work, Pantheon Books, New York

RMIT. (1997) Introduction to EcoReDesign - Improving the environmental performance of manufactured products, RMIT, Melbourne, Victoria

Von Weizsacker, Lovins, E., Amory B. and Lovins L.H. (1998) Factor Four - Doubling Wealth, Halving Resource Use, Earthscan Publications Ltd., London

Whiteley, N. (1994) Design for Society, Reaktion Books, London

World Commission on Environment and Development. (1987) Our Common Future, Oxford University Press, New York

N B Charter and Tischner’s book published in 2001 (shown in bold) provides a sound, up-to-date starting point for accessing relevant literature. It also has a useful list of web addresses.

Manuals (can be photocopied)
The following manual is based on pioneering work done at Delft University in The Netherlands

Brezet H and van Hemel C (1997), Ecodesign: a promising approach to sustainable production and consumption, UNEP
See also manuals on Eco-redesign from The Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology.

Downloadable Journal
The Journal of Sustainable Product Design is available via the Pilkington Library. It was an e-journal from 1997-1999 and (after a gap year) it has been relaunched in 2001 in hard copy. General information about the journal can be found at:

If you are accessing the e-journal then you will need the following information.
Username: user18
Password: ascotrace (use lower case)
The e-journal is in the form of pdf files.

Practical Action produces materials for secondary schools. A resources catalogue is available from the Education Unit (email [email protected] or phone 01926-634519) or through the website, Go to the Education link and then to Publications.

Three resources have been written specifically for Design and Technology, which students may find useful in developing design ideas for AS or A2.

‘Live Well, Live Wisely,’ concentrates on environmental aspects of sustainability and is priced £11.95.

Wall to Wall Design’ tackles the cultural and environmental issues involved in building new homes. £12.95.

Sustainable Lifestyles’ deals with social and economic issues. £16.50.

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