America Goes Green

An Encyclopedia of Eco-Friendly Culture in the United States

by Kim Kennedy White, Editor
Leslie A. Duram, Contributing Editor


When Earth Day started in 1970, an estimated 20 million Americans demonstrated to promote the importance of sustaining a healthy ecological environment. Since then, hundreds of millions of people have joined the Green Movement worldwide, and eco-friendly concerns have impacted American life in everything from food and entertainment, education and jobs, and business and media.

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November 2012


Pages 1297
Volumes 3
Size 7x10
Topics Geography and World Cultures/Physical Geography and Environment

This three-volume encyclopedia explores the evolution of green ideology and eco-friendly practices in contemporary American culture, ranging from the creation of regional and national guidelines for green living to the publication of an increasing number of environmental blogs written from the layperson's perspective.

Evidence of humanity's detrimental impact on the environment is mounting. As Americans, we are confronted daily with news stories, blogs, and social media commentary about the necessity of practicing green behaviors to offset environmental damage. This essential reference is a fascinating review of the issues surrounding green living, including the impact of this lifestyle on Americans' time and money, the information needed to adhere to green principles in the 21st century, and case studies and examples of successful implementation.

America Goes Green: An Encyclopedia of Eco-Friendly Culture in the United States examines this gripping topic through 3 volumes organized by A–Z entries across 11 themes; state-by-state essays grouped by region; and references including primary source documents, bibliography, glossary, and green resources. This timely encyclopedia explores the development of an eco-friendly culture in America, and entries present the debates, viewpoints, and challenges of green living.


  • Sidebars that highlight key figures, events, companies, products, turning points, biographies, debates, cultural highlights, and trends
  • A glossary containing 90 terms related to green practices
  • 45 primary documents that provide readers with tips and legislation on green and eco-friendly living
  • A listing of detailed green resources and links for additional research


  • Includes contributions from college professors, environmental experts, and independent scholars from around the country
  • Examines eco-friendly and sustainable practices that are useful to our planet
  • Illustrates green practices in all facets of American culture via cross-disciplinary coverage
  • Provides 50 state essays highlighting green developments and challenges in each state
Author Info

Kim Kennedy White, PhD, is an acquisitions editor for ABC-CLIO's The American Mosaic database and coeditor of ABC-CLIO's Folklore: An Encyclopedia of Beliefs, Customs, Tales, Music, and Art.

Leslie A. Duram, PhD, is professor and chair of the department of geography and environmental resources at Southern Illinois University Carbondale. Her published works include Greenwood's Encyclopedia of Organic, Sustainable, and Local Food and Good Growing: Why Organic Farming Works.



"This resource provides a great introduction to a wide variety of eco-friendly topics, including less conventional ones like blogs and social networking sites . . . the content . . . is easily accessible to a general audience and is both comprehensive and current."—Reference Reviews

"This three-volume set provides information about green and eco-friendly developments in the U.S. . . . Recommended."—Choice

"This timely set looks at the development of environmentally friendly or 'green' culture in the U.S. . . . This is a topical, well-rounded set that is recommended for most libraries."—Booklist

"Entries, written by 160 contributors, present debates, trends, viewpoints, and challenges for the green culture . . . this work covers proactive movements and works like 'Environmental Justice,' 'Green Publishing Efforts,' 'Green Jobs,' 'Carbon Footprint,' the 'Creation Care Movement,' and 'Biofuels.' Articles that pertain to states (volume 3) present an overview, then illustrate issues (e.g., pollution), challenges (e.g., population growth), and solutions to environmental problems (e.g., sustainability). This set is excellent for exhibiting the positive perspectives of green initiatives in America."—ARBAonline

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