Going Green for the GENIUS


Going Green for the GENIUS

Where are you on your lifelong journey to make good green and sustainable choices? Whatever your starting point, Going Green for the GENIUS was written for you!

Where are you on your lifelong journey to make good green and sustainable choices? Whatever your starting point, Going Green for the GENIUS was written for you!

Perhaps you are new to the subject matter. If so, this For the GENIUS book provides you with a solid foundation for making healthy, green, and sustainable choices.

Or, if you are already quite knowledgeable and practiced in the fundamentals of sustainable and green, you will gain a new and useful information and feel refreshed in your knowledge.

Or maybe you’ve been looking for the perfect book on going green to introduce a friend or loved one to the idea of making wise green and sustainable choices that are good for them and for the planet.

Going Green for the GENIUS was written so each chapter can be read as a stand-alone chapter. The author, Katie Belisle-Iffrig, recommends starting with Part 1, but then to feel free to skip around from there.

Part 1 will ground you in some of the basic principles of ecology, the study of the interaction between humans, nature, and nature’s cycles. You will learn about ecosystem services and their importance to human and environmental health and well-being. You will explore the impact of human activities on these vital services and take an in depth look at climate change.

Part 2 takes a big picture look at renewable energy and digs down into actions that you can take as an individual to save money and reduce your carbon footprint. These actions include ways to improve the energy efficiency of your home and landscape to ideas for greening your commute.

Some of the information on pollution and environmental toxins in Part 3 may be a bitter pill to swallow. While it may be unsettling, the author gives you the power to make healthy, informed decisions for you and your family. This part helps you determine the source of harmful toxins and provides action steps to help you remove them from your home and landscape. You also will learn how to reduce your contribution to air, land, and water pollution.

Part 4 takes a look at the environmental and human health costs of our consumer choices. The good news is just about everything today can be reused, recycled, and repurposed in some manner. You will learn why reducing your consumerism at the point of purchase is the best choice for you and the planet.

In Part 5 examines two very different ways of growing and transporting food. This part is chock full of advice to help you find the healthiest food for you and the planet. You will also look at the power of native plants and sustainable landscapes in helping solve some of today’s most pressing environmental problems.

Part 6 is a celebration of your decision to go green! You will take a hypothetical look at your green home and lifestyle. You and the author will end your journey together by having some good green fun in the great outdoors.

About the Author

Katie Belisle-Iffrig

Katie Belisle-Iffrig

Katie M. Belisle-Iffrig, ReD, is a passionate advocate for sustainability and environmental literacy. Katie’s passion dates back to her formative years growing up on the shore of Lake Michigan. She spent numerous hours traipsing the shoreline and hiking the trails at the adjoining nature preserve and wetlands.

Her love of nature and the outdoors has been the unifying thread throughout her education and her career. Trained as a scientist, she holds degrees in biology and botany. She added social science and experiential education to her credentials when she earned her doctorate degree in outdoor recreation with a minor in folklore from Indiana University.

As the founder of Code Green Collaborative, Katie has worked with nonprofit and for-profit organizations on a wide variety of sustainability, conservation, and environmental education projects. Through her work, she has demonstrated her skills in sustainable strategic planning, grant writing, stakeholder development, curriculum development, environmental interpretation, and project conceptualization and management.

Katie thrives on building programs from the ground up. She is currently working with creative partner Kerry Smith to launch Powered by Plants, a sustainability education program dedicated to teaching children about the connections between a healthy planet and healthy people. Katie and Kerry were key players in the conceptualization and development of RiverWorks Discovery, an education program about culture, commerce, and conservation on America’s rivers. RiverWorks received a White House Innovation Champion of Change Award in 2012.

Katie received a Choose Environmental Excellence Award for her ground floor involvement in the development of the award-winning Pots to Planks program. Pots to Planks recycles garden plastic pots into recycled plastic lumber. Since the program’s inception, more than one million pounds of horticultural plastic have been recycled and diverted from the landfill.

Katie is an LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Green Associate and is recognized as a green building expert. She chairs the Green Schools Committee of the local chapter of the United States Green Building Council and recently joined the Santa Fe Center for Transformational School Leadership as a consultant.

A dedicated lifelong learner and habitual volunteer, Katie belongs to numerous civic, conservation, and environmental organizations. Katie lives and plays in St. Louis, Missouri with her husband, two daughters, three cats, and two dogs.

What Are GENIUS Books?

Though we admit to a bit of tongue-in-cheek fun in referring to our readers as geniuses, we do in fact think highly of them! We know that they are intelligent and knowledgeable about many subjects, just not necessarily on the subject of the For the GENIUS book they’ve just picked up. They know that, despite the title, our books are for pretty much everyone, not just “Einsteins”—though even some Einsteins will enjoy our books, too!

We celebrate the fact that our readers are inspired to learn a subject enough to pick up one of our books, which in turn inspires us to ensure, through plenty of perspiration at every step, excellence in producing them.

Readers will enjoy the fun, upbeat, and first-person writing style. They will even find themselves entertained by the occasional sprinkled-in humor, and look forward to sidebars that enhance the discussion.

Though written in a conversational first-person style, GENIUS books are thorough and authoritative treatments of the subject. They are written by top experts in the subject who want to share with others what they’ve learned.

The For the GENIUS series was created by CharityChannel, a community of nonprofit-sector professionals, to offer the world something different and not always on a nonprofit topic. Enjoy!