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Giveaway: Win a book on green living!

Feeling sad about not winning the Mega Millions lottery? Me too. I even used a combo of my daughter T’s birthdate and our wedding date, wouldn’t that have made a cute story on TV? But wait! Let’s remember many lottery winners end up poor, alienated, drug addicted and miserable within a few years, and focus on winning something better: A book.

Jodi Helmer, who’s super funny and talented, is offering up your choice of two of her books: The Green Year: 365 Small Things You Can Do to Make a Big Difference, or The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Green Careers. Jodi is a full-time writer (check out her Shelterpop piece on simple living that mentions this blog) and teaches workshops on freelance writing and book publishing.

Here’s what two of the many 5-star reviewers said about Green Year on Amazon:

I got this book for my friend for Christmas. Months later, she’s still happily progressing through it, enjoying the satisfaction of marking the “done” check boxes next to each tip. The book suggests truly manageable changes, like tightening your car’s gas cap. Many changes are fun to implement, such as ordering draft beer instead of bottled (less packaging) or starting an indoor herb garden. Even people who already try to live lightly will probably find new — or forgotten — steps to take.


What’s best about this book is the format: just one simple, easy-to-digest thing you can do every day for a year to help protect the planet. Some of them are obvious — recycle! — but lots were things I had never thought about before, like opting out of ATM receipts, cooking with a cast-iron skillet (it’s healthier for you and the environment), and filling your freezer so it runs more efficiently. There are tips here to help both eco-friendly newbies and green gurus. Highly recommended.


Hunting for a new job in 2011? Here’s what Mother Nature Network said about Green Careers:

Green Careers goes through all sorts of green jobs out there — from those in farming to renewable energy to green building — detailing the basic duties, pros and cons, requirements and salaries of each position. Don’t know whether you want to be a bioenergy process engineer or a biofuel research scientist because you can’t tell what the difference is? The former requires a PhD while the latter may accept just a master’s degree — and the difference between the median annual salaries is only $400.

Green Careers could be especially useful for those seeking — whether by desire or economic necessity — lateral career moves. An arborist, for example, makes just $9.50 an hour, on average. If said arborist simply just loves working with plants, she could get her bachelor’s degree and become a horticulturist, bringing her salary up to $52,052 a year.


How to enter: Visit Emily's Wordpress blog and leave a comment, or follow her instructions on how to enter multiple times.

Contest closes at 4 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 8. Winner will be announced Monday, Jan. 9. Good luck!