Toolbox For Sustainable City Living – Stacy Pettigrew

Toolbox For Sustainable City Living, in my opinion, is a unique guide that should be in every home’s library. It is enough to turn the book’s pages to make the city life a little more livable and to find solutions that you cannot easily find anywhere! This guide, which will change your perspective on the world and city life and enable you to learn many things, is one of the books that can change your life.


Toolbox For Sustainable City Living

Toolbox For Sustainable City Living consists of five different sections: food, water, waste, energy and biological improvement. In each section, after a piece of brief information on the subject, the systems and solutions that can be developed in harmony with the city are explained in detail.

As you read about solutions that are not at all difficult to do, from raising chickens to creating floating islands of garbage, you will see how many alternatives we can do for cities and ourselves, and you will be hopeful. As a matter of fact, wherever you live, this book will definitely work for you and reveal the “good person” within you. I definitely recommend it to everyone who lives in a city. Enjoy!

While you’re here you may be interested in this as well: Soil Not Oil – Vandana Shiva

Toolbox For Sustainable City Living - Stacy Pettigrew, Scott Kellog

Toolbox For Sustainable City Living

Toolbox For Sustainable City Living: The tools you need to create self-sufficient, ecologically sustainable cities

“A surprisingly effective model for connecting people with dreams to the resources they need.” —Austin Chronicle

With more than half the world’s population now residing—and struggling to survive—in cities, we can no longer afford to think of sustainability as something that applies only to forests and fields. We need sustainable living right where so many of us are: in urban neighborhoods. But how do we do it?

That’s where Toolbox for Sustainable City Living comes in. In 2000 the dynamic Rhizome Collective transformed an abandoned warehouse in Austin, Texas, into a sustainability training center. Here, with their first book, Scott and Stacy, two of Rhizome’s founders, provide city dwellers—those who have never foraged or gardened along with those who dumpster-dive and belong to CSAs—with step-by- step instructions for producing our own food, collecting water, managing waste, reclaiming land, and generating energy.

With vibrant illustrations created by Juan Martinez of the Beehive Collective and descriptive text based on years of experimentation, Stacy and Scott explain how to build and grow with cheap, salvaged, and recycled materials. More than a how-to manual, Toolbox is packed with accessible and relevant tools to help move our communities from envisioning a sustainable future toward living it.

Scott Kellogg Stacy Pettigrew are co-founders of the Rhizome Collective, an educational and activist organization based in Austin, Texas, that recently received a $200,000 grant from the EPA to clean up a 10-acre brownfield that they are transforming into an ecological justice park. Toolbox developed out of R.U.S.T.—Radical Urban Sustainability Training—their intensive weekend seminar in urban ecological survival skills.

Stacy Pettigrew

Stacy was a co-founder of the Rhizome Collective where she participated in the construction of sustainable systems and organizational infrastructure. Stacy was also a journalist and producer with WINGS: The Women’s International News Gathering Service. Stacy holds a PhD in Environmental Health Science from University at Albany’s School of Public Health and a Masters of Science in Epidemiology. Stacy teaches Public Health at Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences and is a co-author of the book “Toolbox for Sustainable City Living: A Do-It-Ourselves Guide” (South End Press, 2008).


Scott Kellog

Scott holds a PhD of Science and Technology Studies from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, a Master’s in Environmental Science from Johns Hopkins University, and is visiting faculty at Bard College where he teaches in the Masters in Environmental Education program.  Scott is an appointed member of Albany’s Sustainability Advisory Committee to the Common Council and the chair of its urban agriculture subcommittee.

He has taught at numerous universities and has led workshops and multi-part sustainability courses nationally and internationally.  Scott was also a co-founder of Austin, Texas’ Rhizome Collective, an urban sustainability education project, and worked as the director of its sustainability program from 2000-2009.  He is a co-author of the book “Toolbox for Sustainable City Living: A Do-It-Ourselves Guide” (South End Press, 2008).

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