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Earth Day 2018: Sunday April 22

April 13, 2018


The theme for this year’s Earth Day is End Plastic Pollution

From poisoning and injuring marine life to disrupting human hormones, from littering our beaches and landscapes to clogging our waste streams and landfills, the exponential growth of plastics is now threatening the survival of our planet.

In response, Earth Day 2018 is dedicated to providing the information and
inspiration needed to fundamentally change human attitude and behavior about plastics.

Click on the link to learn more and be part of the solution to plastic pollution:

Library Resources

The Red River College Library has a wide variety of materials related to recycling, as well as environmental issues, impact, and sustainability. We encourage our staff and students to search our online catalogue for more resources. In addition you can come check out our Earth Day window display at The Notre Dame Campus Library where we have placed related print resources.

You may view a list of items in our window display here:

Book JacketTrash talk : an encyclopedia of garbage and recycling around the world

As the popularity of sustainability grows and climate change becomes an accepted reality, experts point to trash and waste as the link between environmental and public health. This detailed reference—one of the most comprehensive resources available on the subject—examines garbage disposal on a global level, from the history of waste management, to the rise of green movements and recycling programs, to the environmental problems caused by incineration and overflowing landfills. According to urban planning scholar Robert William Collin, accounting for waste will improve the chances for environmental protection, public health, and sustainability.


Book JacketLean waste stream : reducing material use and garbage using lean principles

Waste, or garbage, is the manifestation of inefficiency. Therefore, by analyzing business garbage and tracing it back to its source, inefficiencies in process design and flow can be identified. This book approaches the specific problem of business garbage from a “Lean and green” perspective, connecting garbage reduction at all stages with lower operating expenses, higher productivity, and minimized landfill impact. It not only looks downstream at options for reusing, repurposing, and recycling, but also considers garbage in terms of transportation, inventory, and labor cost.


Book JacketElectronic waste : toxicology and public health issues

Discussing the major public health concerns due to the presence of toxic chemicals that are generated from improper recycling and disposal practices of electronic waste (e-waste). This book highlights hazardous inorganic chemicals found in e-waste, including arsenic, cadmium, lead, mercury, gallium, iridium, and nanomaterials, also focusing on health issues related to the presence of BPA, styrene, and other plastic components and combustion products, while also identifying populations at special risk. To provide readers with potential solutions to this global problem, Dr. Fowler presents risk assessment approaches using chemicals, mixtures, biomarkers, susceptibility factors, and computational toxicology. He discusses how to translate the information gathered through risk assessment into safe and effective international policies. This is a timely and useful resource for all those concerned with the health issues surrounding e-waste management and proper disposal, including toxicologists, public health and policy officials, environmental scientists, and risk assessors.


Book JacketUrban tree management : for the sustainable development of green cities

Urban tree management is the key to greener cities of the future. It is a practical discipline which includes tree selection, planting, care and protection, and the overall management of trees as a collective resource. Urban Tree Management aims to raise awareness for the positive impacts and benefits of city trees, and for their importance to city dwellers. It describes their advantages and details their effects on quality of urban life and well-being – aspects that are increasingly important in these times of progressing urbanization. With this book you will learn: fundamentals, methods and tools of urban tree management; state of the art in the fields of urban forestry and tree biology; positive effects and uses of urban trees; features, requirements and selection criteria for urban trees; conditions and problems of urban trees; governance and management aspects; environmental education programs. Edited by the leading expert, Dr Andreas Roloff, Urban Tree Management is an excellent resource for plant scientists, horticulturists, dendrologists, arborists and arboriculturists, forestry scientists, city planners, parks department specialists and landscape architects. It will be an essential addition to all students and libraries where such subjects are taught.