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Confessions of a Radical Industrialist

Confessions-ray-c-andersonRay 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.

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Green School Primer [Giveaway]

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We have three copies of this book, which we will give away to three random commenters at the end of Friday, September 25, 2009.*

What kind of school did you grow up learning in?  During those formative years, did you have the opportunity to learn in a sustainable and architecturally significant environment?  Think back to those days when your mind wandered.  Would you ponder the exposed woodwork?  Or the expansive windows?  Or the structural steel?  Like many students, maybe you didn't have the opportunity to learn in a green school or anything of the sort, and that's where the Green School Primer comes in.  The Green School Primer is a new book that's been written to educate anyone — whether a board member, teacher, student, or parent –  about the benefits of green schools.

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Green Building Trends [Giveaway]

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Jerry Yudelson is a machine when it comes to publishing new books on cutting-edge green building topics.  In his latest book, Green Building Trends: Europe, Yudelson tackles a topic that's popping up in the news more and more.  Whether the topic is couched in a discussion of PassivHaus, Swedish prefabrication, or otherwise, it surfaces as a question: Are Europeans more advanced that Americans when it comes to green building design and innovation?

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A Fascinating Earth Journey [Giveaway]

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If you read this blog, it's likely that you have at least a modicum of care for the natural environment.  Like some of you, I grew to love everything about nature through hiking and camping and various Boy Scout activities.  So after being approached by Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment, I jumped at the chance to give away a couple copies of DisneyNature: Earth.  Drop a comment below, and we'll randomly choose 2 people for the giveaway.*  Earth was just released on DVD and Blu-ray, and it looks fascinating. 

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Green Recovery [Giveaway]

Green-recovery-book We're giving away a copy of this book to one commenter below, so make sure to comment with a valid email before midnight on Friday, August 7, 2009.*

Harvard Business Press was kind enough to provide an advance copy of Green Recovery: Green Lean, Get Smart, and Emerge from the Downturn on Top, which was written by Andrew Winston, coauthor of Green to Gold.  As you might imagine, the book is perfect for executives, managers, and business professionals looking for a way to juggle both environmental strategy and business profitability.  Winston explains that investing in green strategy, if done properly, can save money quickly — therefore, it should be a core strategy of economic survival. 

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Strategy for Sustainability [Giveaway]

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We're giving away a copy of this book to one commenter below, so make sure to comment with a valid email before midnight on Friday, July 24, 2009.*

Harvard Business Press was kind enough to provide a copy of Adam Werbach's much anticipated book called Strategy for Sustainability: A Business Manifesto, which is definitely worth grabbing.  Werbach is a polarizing figure in the environmentalist world, and I guess you could say the debate centers upon his strategy to "work with rather than against large corporations."  There are environmentalists that absolutely abhor corporations, but there are also environmentalists that try to change the world through corporations.  Werbach aligns himself with the latter and provides his sustainable strategy for doing so in this new book. 

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