There's no question that the big topic in the industry these days is greening existing buildings. Whether through the LEED-EBOM program or something else, the existing building stock requires a sustainable update. And if you're looking for a thorough and authoritative book on the topic, I'd like to recommend Greening Existing Buildings by Jerry Yudelson. Published by McGraw-Hill, the GreenSource Series book includes over 25 case studies of successful green building renovations.
We are giving away one (1) copy of this book to a random commenter at the end of Friday, December 18, 2009.*
Recently, Harper Collins was kind enough to send a review copy of a new book called The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind. It's the story of William Kamkwamba, a youngster in Malawi who built a home-made wind turbine to light his home. Before reading the book, I thought it was going to be about William's discovery of wind power and how that changed his family and life. It was that. But the discovery of wind power was really only a fraction of this touching story. This is one of the top books of the year.
Ray Anderson is one of the most prominent business leaders in the country and his story is incredible. Growing up, he learned to grit it out on the football field and in the classroom. Several years later, he applied those lessons to start Interface, the world’s largest manufacturer of modular carpets. Now, in his new book, Confessions of a Radical Industrialist, which was released late last week, Anderson challenges the business community to share a goal he set for his company: to take nothing from the earth that cannot be replaced by the earth.
If you’ve read Anderson’s previous book, Mid-course Correction, you know his story. Anderson was tasked with giving a speech about sustainability and really didn’t have much to say. At the same time, someone had placed a copy of Paul Hawken’s widely influential The Ecology of Commerce on his desk. In reading this book, Anderson was hit with the magnitude of the challenge facing business. He was also excited by the opportunity.