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Getting Green Done: Hard Truths from the Front Lines of the Sustainability Revolution Paperback – June 1, 2010
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All is not bad, though. There are some interesting facts & figures. Along with plenty of editorial commentary and viewpoint, some of which I don't totally agree with. But the point of an editorial is to share an opinion and initiate your own thought. I just didn't know this was what I was purchasing.
Ignore the accolades the book has received, most being from colleagues and acquaintances of the author. Also be wary of quantified information, since the data that I'm familiar with first-hand is wrong. "Ford spent $2 billion at greening its Rouge auto plant in Dearborn..." Auden, it was $317M, not $2B. Ooops! "...they decided to install a green roof...planted with grasses" Wrong again, Auden.Read more ›
His new book remedies today's green euphoria with a double dose of reality -- illustrating the barriers, frustrations and failures of sustainability with stories from the author's experience.
Challenges or no, much must be done to avert climate change. Schendler (who researched Natural Capitalism) places responsibility squarely on the shoulders of business, which he says has a level of influence and impact second only to large governments.
I highly recommend this book for anyone who is a sustainability director or thinking of championing green initiatives in the workplace. My full-length review for Energy Priorities magazine is at [...]
Schendler devotes a chapter each to green energy and green buildings, because he feels (as I do) that these are at the core of the solution to climate change. He promotes energy efficiency and renewable energy as the solutions, and sees energy as the thing that matters most when designing green buildings.
He blasts sustainability consultants and green gurus; dismisses individual conservation; disparages the media and books like Green to Gold and unabashedly criticizes LEED. Overall a very enjoyable read with many excellent stories from the trenches of sustainability warfare.
Schendler touches on most of the main climate topics (how fast it's happening, why it's important, what it might do to industries like his own, etc.), but he makes some excellent and very important points that have heretofore not been part of the green revolution's messaging plan.
One is the notion that this movement needs more grunts than visionaries. Every person and his/her dog is claiming to be a visionary in the green space these days--what does that really mean, especially when many of them have just arrived in this space? I can name dozens of green "gurus" who've been doing this stuff less than five years and already call themselves visionary. (Oh really?)
Auden also points out, repeatedly and quite successfully, at just how hard it is to change things from "business as usual." Even a lighting retrofit, which most of us would consider a no-brainer, becomes a lengthy, involved, mangled process as Schendler attempts one in the parking garage at the Little Nell hotel in Aspen.
Ultimately, Schendler explains, doing this stuff is so hard that those of us in the sustainability community need to share the failure stories just as much as we share the successes. That's how we'll all learn, that's how we'll all improve.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Honestly one of the best books I have read in my environmental science program. I loved the way Auden thinks, and he even spoke in our class via Skype. Highly recommend the book.Published 6 months ago by Katie
An insightful look into the world of green economy, development, and sustainability. Emphasis is placed on what needs to be happening now and the various obstacles that stand in... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Traci
Awesome book - I totally support his ideas - government regulation is the ONLY way to sustainability - not only at the corporate level...anywherePublished on August 30, 2013 by Polly
Auden bring froth the dirty little secret about going green - it is not that easy. A collection of real life stories from the front-lines of a energy intensive industry (with an... Read morePublished on August 29, 2013 by Amazon Customer
The truth is hard, but I'm glad to have a point of view that helps put my work into perspective. This book was useful in many levels to help in motivating people to work towards... Read morePublished on July 21, 2013 by Bonbon
This book should be compulsory reading for politicians and decision-makers around the world. Auden tells his story without trying to make himself look like a hero. Read morePublished on May 25, 2013 by Barbara L
I learned much from reading Auden Schendler's Getting Green Done. Specifically, I learned what commitment it takes to pursue sustainable business practices in firms because of the... Read morePublished on April 29, 2013 by C. M. Peterson