CCH Book ClubAt the Hub, we are passionate about working to protect our environment and resources and promoting a sustainable way of living. Consequently, we are enthusiastic about learning and exchanging opinions on these matters.

That is why we host this Book Club, to expose ourselves to different ideas and explore new ways of making a positive impact.

Book Cover: Living the 1.5 Degree Lifestyle, by Lloyd Alter

In April, we met to discuss our first read of the year: Living the 1.5 Degree Lifestyle: Why Individual Climate Action Matters More than Ever by Lloyd Alter.

Lloyd Alter is a writer, public speaker, sustainable design instructor, and former architect, builder, and developer. He has written over 14,000 articles published on and the Mother Nature Network, and he has contributed to The Guardian, Corporate Knights, and Azure magazines. He lives in Toronto, Ontario.

The book tackles the issue of how to start cutting back your personal GHG (greenhouse gas) emissions. Amongst other things, it covers:

  • What it looks like to live a rich and truly green life
  • From take-out food, to bikes and cars, to your internet usage – finding the big wins, ignoring the trivial, and spotting marketing ploys
  • The invisible embodied carbon baked into everything we own and why electric cars aren't the answer
  • How to start thinking about sufficiency rather than efficiency
  • The roles of individuals versus governments and corporations.

Upcoming Book Club Meetings

We hope to see you at our next meeting! Be sure to check out our events section for future meetings and other Hub activities. If you have any questions or ideas about upcoming meetings, please email us at the address below. 

Come Read with Us!

To become a part of the book club and receive relevant communications and meeting links, sign up below:


The Book Club is available to all CCH members. Not a member yet? You can easily become a Hub member here! We hope you can join us at the next Book Club meeting. 

When attending Book Club meetings, please remember our Code of Conduct:

  • Be on time (preferably a couple of minutes early).
  • Ideally, have your video on unless you are experiencing connection issues.
  • Keep yourself muted until you are ready to speak to minimize background noise.
  • Let everyone have a chance to speak. Try to avoid talking over/at the same time as other participants.
  • Participate authentically and actively. Everyone has the right to pass.
  • Exercise consideration and respect in your speech and actions.
  • Listen to other members even if they have a different opinion or perspective than you.

Failure to follow the code of conduct will result in the participant's removal from the discussion.

If you have any questions, comments or suggestions, please feel free to contact us at [email protected].