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Three days of events to help you live a more eco-friendly life

In honor of Earth Day, San Francisco Public Library is offering several engaging programs to help San Franciscans lead a more sustainable lifestyle. These thought-provoking programs address the choices we all make about consumption, from food and water to general living.

Authors Laura Stec, a celebrated chef, and Eugene Cordero, Ph.D., a nationally recognized atmospheric scientist, will be at the Main Library to discuss their new book: Cool Cuisine: Taking the Bite out of Global Warming. The book explores how what we eat matters just as much as the cars we drive in contributing to the earth’s rising temperature. They’ll discuss how to move to a diet with fewer environmental impacts that also promotes better health. The event is co-sponsored by the Library’s Business, Science and Technology Center. This event is on Tuesday, April 20, at 6 p.m. in the Latino/Hispanic Community Meeting Room at the Main Library, 100 Larkin Street.

Also that day, the Noe Valley/Sally Brunn Branch Library will be hosting Is Solar for Me? A Solar Roof EcoSalon. Patrons will learn about reducing the upfront costs of solar power for homes, schools and community organizations and learn about legislation before Congress to support clean energy solutions nationwide. Speakers will include Jennifer Caldwell, founder and executive director of Hope To Action; Jeremy Pearl of Solar City; and Danielle Murray, from San Francisco’s Department of the Environment. This event is cosponsored by Friends of the San Francisco Public Library and Hope to Action. The event begins at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, April 20, at the Noe Valley Branch, 451 Jersey Street.

The Water Dilemma: Bottled or Tap, is a program offering information about the impacts of the bottled waterindustry. Renee Sharp, director of the California office of Environmental Working Group, will talk about the marketing campaigns of the bottled water industry, which promote an image of purity, despite comprehensive testing that reveals a surprising array of chemical contaminants in every bottled water brand analyzed. This event is on Wednesday, April 21, at 6 p.m., in the Latino/Hispanic Community Meeting Room at the Main Library.

Emily Doskow and Janelle Orsi, the authors of The Sharing Solution, will be talking about their guide to creating and maintaining successful sharing arrangements. From housing to childcare, cars to lawnmowers, gardens to bike repair, they offer tips and tools for sharing resources, while addressing commonly asked questions. This event is on Thursday, April 22, at 6 p.m., in the Latino/Hispanic Community Meeting Room.

All events are Green Stacks programs and are sponsored by the Stegner Environmental Center at San Francisco Public Library.

In addition, libraries around the city are serving as pick up locations for applications and information about the new GreenFinanceSF, an accessible city financing program that residential and commercial property owners can use to finance sustainable building improvements. Under the city program, all private property owners in San Francisco can finance energy efficiency, water efficiency and renewable energy measures through the program. The city will issue payment for the upfront costs of the projects to approved property owners, who repay the cost of the project plus interest in their property taxes. Workshops are also being held at libraries this Spring and Summer to explain the program. Find a complete list of GreenFinanceSF workshops at sfpl.org/greenstacks. Find out more information about the program at GreenFinanceSF.org.

About SFPL Green Stacks

San Francisco Public Library’s Green Stacks is a program dedicated to helping the city go green. Libraries have always been dedicated to free, renewable resources and this new, citywide program highlights the environmental initiatives, programs, exhibitions and information created and supported by today’s library system. In partnership with SF Environment and Friends of the San Francisco Public Library, Green Stacks empowers all library users to live a more eco-friendly life.  Please visit sfpl.org/greenstacks.

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