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  • Paperback: 253 pages
  • Publisher: Baker Books (April 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0801013348
  • ISBN-13: 978-0801013348
  • Product Dimensions: 0.6 x 5.2 x 8.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,083,884 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Back Cover

Your guide to going green and loving it

Green is not about giving up. It's about gaining more money, time, opportunity, health, and well-being. Green, American Style proposes a uniquely American perspective that takes into account your values, our country's democratic and capitalistic history, and our ingrained resistance to reining in. More than a list of ways to reduce, reuse, and recycle, this book explores the green movement from the diverse perspectives of business, faith, and lifestyle, showing you the economic, physical, and spiritual benefits of sustainable living.

"Dispelling the eco-hype and celebrating a sustainable model of 'business better than usual,' Clark makes going green seem as American as (organic!) apple pie. Read Green, American Style, then pass it along to a friend. It will change your life--satisfaction guaranteed."--Matthew Sleeth, author of Serve God, Save the Planet, and Nancy Sleeth, author of Go Green, Save Green

"Clark provides a practical guide for those wanting to learn more about minimizing the impact their lives have on our planet, especially as consumers. Clark's insights, drawn from her personal journey to living sustainably, make this book a joy to read."--Jim Thomas, vice president of corporate social responsibility, JC Penney

"At a time when many of us are experiencing 'green fatigue,' Green, American Style inspires us to think smarter, cultivate natural-grown leadership skills in others and ourselves, and use our pioneering spirit to cause a ripple effect that will transform our communities, our country, and our world."--Lee Enry Erickson, community manager for SustainLane Creation, www.sustainlane.com/creation-care

Anna M. Clark is president of EarthPeople, LLC. She is a member of the Greenbiz Intelligence Panel, and her ideas for greening small business have appeared in USA Today, Greenbiz.com, FoxBusiness.com, and Entrepreneur Radio. Clark and her family live in Dallas, in one of the first Texas residences to earn a platinum LEED-certified rating from the US Green Building Council.

About the Author

Anna M. Clark is president of EarthPeople, LLC, and an advisor to the Center for Global Sustainability and Ethics at the University of Dallas Graduate School of Management. Clark and her family live in Dallas, Texas, in one of the first Texas residences to earn a Platinum LEED-certified rating from the U.S. Green Building Council.

More About the Author

Anna Clark is president of EarthPeople (www.earthpeopleco.com), a consulting and communications firm that helps organizations of all sizes save money and bolster their brands through profitable green strategies. A featured blogger for Greenbiz.com and SustainLane.com, Anna writes on topics ranging from green living to leadership. Anna lives with her family in Dallas in one of the first residences in Texas to earn a platinum LEED-certified rating from the US Green Building Council. For the more on all things green, visit www.annamclark.com.

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I am looking forward to integrating her innovative "Natural-Grown Leader" ideas into my personal career development.
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From reading this book, I have been inspired to start a great green business that I think will be a huge success and will be implimenting it next year.
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This is a thorough and enlightening look at the simple ways we can reduce ours families environmental impact and how to save money doing it!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Cym H. Lowell on July 25, 2010
Format: Paperback
Green is a thoroughly thought-provoking read!

I would never have thought of myself as a "green" or "sustainable" person. As I read Anna Clark's presentation of a green lifestyle it did occur to me that there is hope for me, yet.

This is not an essay on the evils of global warming, "save the whales," or other subjects that come to mind when one thinks of environmentalists or green people. Rather, this is a cookbook for a healthy, thoughtful, purposeful, meaningful, and non-wasteful life. It all begins at the most fundamental of levels. What we eat, what we drive, how our home is constructed, eating leftovers, avoiding fast food, going to the farmer's market, not consuming things we don't need, and so on.

As I enjoyed these pages, I was reminded of my Sweetheart's admonition from her own mother "if you don't stop wasting, you won't have a pot to . . ., well, fill.

There are several lists here of things to do or think about. You cannot read these lists without stopping to ask yourself "why don't I do that?" The punchline in every section is both doing what protects our environment (of which we are the stewards for our own descendants) and saving money.

Green is cleverly and expertly written in a conversational tone. I could imagine sitting on a deck by the lake talking to Anna and enjoying sustainable wine discussing any one of these subjects.

To me the take-away is that I should walk to the store, or drive to the farmer's market, eat leftovers, make coffee at home, live in as little as possible, turn off the lights, adjust the heat and cooling a few degrees, consume nothing I do not actually need, and consume the savings in other forms of healthful indulgence.

Anna Clark is a professional in writing, thinking, and counseling for a better life.

You will enjoy this fine book!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mary L. Clark on June 6, 2010
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Anna Clark's Green, American Style has inspired me to be more aware of the positive impact we all can have on the environment, starting with our own homes. Her book has helped kick start my effort to "green" my own home by significantly reducing the heat in my attic as well as my electric bills with a radiant barrier, and using a tumbler style composter for all my non-meat organic waste whose compost is then used in my flower beds. I have bought several copies of Green, American Style for my friends so that we may all benefit from the ideas within it for more green living.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Anna G. Brindley on May 24, 2010
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A best-seller in the making, seriously. Most green books don't take you on the journey, they just point you to the destination. I like Anna Clark's frank, tell-it-like-it-is approach and sense of style. As the owner of a USA-based apparel manufacturer, I especially appreciate the chapter on Finding Your Voice. I now recognize that I have a unique platform to promote sustainable living - in fact, we all do. "Made in the USA" is the ultimate green label. I'm using the questions in the back to continue the discussion with friends and family. What a great read this would be for a book club!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Will Fitzgerald on May 16, 2010
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This is a thorough and enlightening look at the simple ways we can reduce ours families environmental impact and how to save money doing it!
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