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Greening My Life: A Green Building Pioneer Takes on His Most Challenging Project Paperback – October 20, 2010
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I couldn't put it down and read it in one day. Very inspiring! --Arthur Gensler Jr., Gensler.
[Greening My Life] does a good job of illustrating the struggles one can encounter in the pursuit of greening our lives...a great read --Avery Schwer, PhD. LEED AP, Professor and Graduate Chair, College of Engineering, University of Nebraska, Lincoln
About the Author
David Gottfried is the founder and was the first staff president of the US Green Building Council (USGBC), the leading green building organization in the world. He also founded the World Green Building Council, with councils emerging in 80 countries. He has more than 25 years of multidisciplinary experience as a venture advisor, real estate developer, construction manager, and sustainable development management consultant. Gottfried incubates and manages several companies as its CEO: Regenerative Ventures, U.S. Regenerative Network and newly launching Regenerative Marketplace.
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David founded the first green building council, which as since been adopted in 75 countries. He also created the LEED' green building rating system (that so many of us use today). But after years of spreading the green building gospel and starting several non-profit and for-profit sustainability companies, Gottfried was exhausted, unhappy and alone. He had a back wrecked by years of stress, lived in a rental and had a string of short disappointing relationships behind him.
So he decided to apply the principles of conservation to a non-renewable resource - himself.
I couldn't put the book down. I read it cover to cover during a one-day trip down to San Diego. As David goes through how he analyzed the different segments of his life and made some adjustments to bring more joy into his and his family's life. Chapters on the "LEED for Life" sections of relationship, reflection, health, work, stewardship and also home all lead to his "green report card". His stories have inspired me in so many ways, as I too have an incredibly unsustainable life, even while I focus all my attention on green building and design. But the path he lays is filled with hope and much beauty. I highly recommend both his book as well as his website that records the design and construction of the green house remodel for David and his family that has been called the "greenest little home in America".