Explosion Green: One Man's Journey To Green The World's Largest Industry

Explosion Green: One Man's Journey To Green The World's Largest Industry

by David Gottfried

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Explosion Green: One Man's Journey To Green The World's Largest Industry by David Gottfried

Explosion Green tells the twenty-year story of the global green building movement through the eyes of David Gottfried, the man who helped start it all.  Explosion Green reveals the inner workings of the building industry as it comes to grips with the need for environmentally friendly practices. It describes how the industry has evolved, and how this evolution has helped fight climate change and prevent further damage to the environment while creating a multibillion-dollar industry.  Filled with his unique insight and self-deprecating humor, Gottfried’s riveting memoir demonstrates how one person can start a global movement. "Explosion Green" has won three 2014 Indie Book Awards: Second Place Grand Prize for Non-fiction, Business Category, and Memoir Category

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781630470227
Publisher: Morgan James Publishing
Publication date: 06/02/2014
Pages: 306
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

David Gottfried is known as the father of the global green building movement, founding both the World Green Building Council and the U.S. Green Building Council,  which has done more for carbon mitigation than any other organization. He has two annual awards in his name, has published two memoirs, Greed to Green (2004), and Greening My Life (2010), and has appeared on KQED/NPR with Michael Krasny, NPR Radio, Discover Channel’s Renovation Nation, ABC News, Metropolitan Home, in the Jerusalem Post, Australia’s Financial Times, and dozens of other publications.

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My alarm jolted me awake out of my jet-lag coma. I’d been dreaming of being lost at sea in a life raft, searching for land. The raft spun round and round. I was making a fishing line from the unraveling canvas and a bucket to capture rainwater. The clock was flashing 7:00, which looked more like 17:00 in my Benadryl fog. I think I’d finally fallen asleep at 3 a.m. — at least in Beijing, but more like 4 p.m. my time, the previous day in Berkeley.

I hurried to dress. The mirror shot back an image that seemed to have more gray hair, further receding of the hairline, and bags under my glassy eyes. Shenzhen was my third stop on the two-week China trip. I’d already hit Hong Kong and Beijing with Sara and then Shanghai and now Shenzhen with Nellie. Sara and I had been married ten years, and she was now a New York Times best-selling author of The Hormone Cure, with two more books on the way. Our two young kids were at our Berkeley Hills home with Sara’s folks.

Table of Contents

FOREWORD: BLESSED UNREST    
INTRODUCTION

PART ONE: BEGINNINGS
1 China Green    
2 Makeover    
3 Learning the Game    
4 First Sighting of Green Building    
5 Green Doesn’t Pay the Bills    

PART TWO: GREEN BUILDING     
6. Jobless in San Francisco    
7 Cold Calling    
8 The Start of a Movement    
9 Building the USGBC    
10 What Now?    
11 USGBC CPR    
12 LEED Rolls Out    
13 Growing Up
14 Pushing Limits    
15 GBC Goes Global    
16 The First Greenbuild    
17 The Greenest Little Home in America    
18 Regenerative Ventures    
19 Shades of Green    

PART THREE: REFLECTIONS
20 The GBC Movement at Twenty    
21 What’s Next?

EPILOGUE

AFTERWORD: THE ART OF BEING A SERIAL FOUNDER    

THE EARTH COMMANDMENTS    

BOOK SPONSORS    

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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