Green Building and Technologies

High School for Construction Trades, Engineering and Architecture
94-06 104th Street, Ozone Park, NY 11416
Phone: 718 846 6280
Fax: 718 846 6283
Librarian: Prudence Hill


The Green Building and Technology Collection brings together materials about environmental science and shows how it relates to the practical aspects of the “21st Century Green Revolution.” This collection provides students with the information needed to understand the many different applications of green technologies and the role that sustainability will play in their lives. Books and DVDs cover a wide range of green topics including green design and architecture, construction, conservation, alternative energy production, forestry, agriculture, manufacturing (of energy efficient appliances) as well as law, education, public policy making, research, city planning, reconstructive landscaping, and transportation.

Check out the CTEA Green Building Wiki

Questions for Inquiry:

What does it mean to "go green?"
How realistic is the idea that we can really go green in this country?
What are alternative energies and how much money can we save if we commit to using them?
Why haven't we adopted Green technologies before?
What kinds of jobs will be available? Will they be good and well paid jobs? What kinds of skills are needed?


green building, solar power, sustainability, alternative energy sources, LEED, wind power,

Subject Headings:

Environment, Green Movement, Renewable energy sources, Green technology, Wind power, Energy resources

Dewey Decimal Classification(s):

333, 628, 635, 640, 691, 720

Key Books:

An Inconvenient Truth (363.73 GOR) Al Gore
Former Vice President Al Gore examines the climate crisis that is threatening the future of the planet, describes what the world's governments are doing to correct the problem, and explains why the problem should be taken more seriously. Includes photographs, maps, and graphs.

Green Building A to Z, (720 YUL) Jerry Yudelson
Offers an A-to-Z guide to environmentally-friendly building products, systems and technologies. Includes an introduction to the importance of green buildings and a history of the green building movement. Key issues such as water conservation, reducing energy use and creating a sustainable environment are covered.

The Green Collar Economy: How One Solution Can Fix Our Two biggest Problems (363.7 JON) Van Jones
Argues that the current economic crisis is a result of an economy based on oil, natural gas, and coal--all nonrenewable resources--and explains how the economy can be bolstered by focusing on building an environmentally friendly economy.

Silent Spring, (363.738) Rachel Carson
Presents Rachel Carson's 1962 environmental classic "Silent Spring," which identified the dangers of indiscriminate pesticide use; and includes an introduction by biographer Linda Lear and an afterword by scientist Edward O. Wilson.

The Green Building Revolution, (720 YUD) Jerry Yudelson
Explores the progression of modern efforts to create "green" buildings and discusses how and why to consider constructing an environmentally friendly building. Features black-and-white photographs throughout.


Dictionary of Environmental Science (REF 628 MCG) McGraw Hill
Encyclopedia of Environmental Studies (REF 333.7 ASH) Facts on File Science Library
Living Green Series, World Book 2009
Consumable Goods (640 CON), Durable goods (640 DUR), Green Buildings (720 GRE), Green Transportation (629 GRE), Pollution (363 POL), Producing and Obtaining Food (630 PRO)


Building a Green Community, (333.72 ROD) Ellen Rodger
An illustrated guide to building with energy efficiency in mind that covers land, air, and water conservation, alternative energy, sustainable building, organic farming, recycling, and more
Careers in Renewable Energy: Get a Green Energy Job, (333.79 McN) Gregory McNamee
Discusses careers in the field of renewable energy, including solar, wind, geothermal, marine, hydrogen, and nuclear energy; and includes a list of workshops, universities, professional associations, and other resources.
Confessions of an Eco-Sinner: tracking down the sources of my stuff,(333.72 PEA) Fred Pearce
The author reports on what he learned after traveling the globe in search of the sources of the goods he uses in the course of his everyday life, including coffee, bananas, computers, cell phones, and other items.
Designing Greener Vehicles and Buildings (628 SOL) Andrew Solway 2009.
Discusses green buildings, materials, and transportation, the effects of pollution and climate change, alternative energy, and other energy sources, and includes information on famous scientists and a glossary.
The ECO Guide to Careers that Make a Difference: environmental work for a Sustainable World,(628 ECO) Environmental Careers Organization
Provides an overview of careers and opportunities that make a difference in the environment, explaining the environmental issues that are threatening the world and the solutions being pursued.
The Engineering Guide to LEED-New Construction, Sustainable Construction for Engineers, (690 HAS) Liv Haselbach. 2008
A comprehensive overview of the design and construction of sustainable buildings that covers sites, water efficiency, energy, atmosphere, materials, indoor environmental quality, and other related topics.
.Green Remodeling: changing the world one room at a time,(643 JOH) Daivd Johnston
A comprehensive guide to using environmentally friendly materials while remodeling and creating a green living space that covers financing renovations, working with building professionals, job sites and landscaping, foundations, appliances, and more.

Magazine Articles

The Power of Green an article from Fast Company about all the different ways that the Green REvolution is impacting areas as diverse as music, construction, fashion, investing,

Tischler, Linda. "The Green HOusing Boom." Fast Company. 11 Sept, 2008.

Kamenetz, Anya. "Top Ten Green Jobs for the Next Decade." Fast Company. 26 Jan. 2009. <

Finfrock, Jessie "Wind Employs more Americans than Coal." Mother Jones, Blue Marble Blog. 30 January, 2009

Alter, LLoyd. Why is so much green architecture so Ugly? 3 March 2009.

Web Sites:

Bright Green Talent blog with information about careers

Blue Green Alliance - a national partnership of labor unions and environmental organizations dedicated to expanding the green economy
Eco-Friendly Building Techniques with descriptions of different building categories

Responsible Solutions for Environmental Living

United States Green Building Council (USGBC)

Greenbuilding 365
USGBC's interactive green building learning portal, is a tool to engage professionals from a broad range of disciplines-design, construction, real estate, education and more - in the growing sustainability movement, connecting them to the knowledge they need to be active contributors to the changing dynamics of the industry. Greenbuild365 expands the educational focus of USGBC's Greenbuild Conference to a year-round forum, providing access to top-quality, innovative learning opportunities featuring timely and accurate information and training.
From the Discovery Company, this website has a wide daily updated selection of news and entertainment about all things green.


An Inconvenient Truth (DVD 363.738 INC) film based on Al gore's book of the same name
Becoming Green: Growing Environmental Awareness (DVD 333.7 BEC) PBS
Who Killed the Electric Car? (DVD 629.22 WHO)
Ethical Markets: Green Building and Design (DVD 720 ETH)
Going Green (AV 363.7 GOI) 12 shows from ABC News about the eco-friendly actions being taken by governments, businesses, and individuals around the world to create a sustainable, "greener" future
Green Careers: series including Building Green (AV690 BUI), Water Management (AV 363.6 WAT), REcycling (AV 363.72 REC)


*SimCity Societies Green Streets



Community Resources:

Green For All

Green Worker Cooperatives, Bronx

Curriculum Standards Related to This Topic:

Standard 1: Students will use mathematical analysis, scientific inquiry, and engineering design, as appropriate,
to pose questions, seek answers, and develop solutions.
Standard 2: Students will access, generate, process, and transfer information using appropriate technologies.
Standard 5: Students will apply technological knowledge and skills to design, construct, use, and evaluate prod-ucts
and systems to satisfy human and environmental needs.
Standard 6: Students will understand the relationships and common themes that connect mathematics, science, and
technology and apply the themes to these and other areas of learning.
Standard 7: Students will apply the knowledge and thinking skills of mathematics, science, and technology to
address real-life problems and make informed decisions.

NY State TEchnology Education

*An asterisk next to material indicates that it is recommended in this subject area but not available in this CCD collection.