Getting Green Done

Hard Truths from the Front Lines of the Sustainability Revolution

By Auden Schendler
(PublicAffairs, Hardcover, 9781586486372, 304pp.)

Publication Date: February 23, 2009

Other Editions of This Title: Paperback, Paperback

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Description

A maverick sustainability expert provocatively explores the difference between feel-good gestures and the down-and-dirty work of going green—for businesses, individuals, or government.




About the Author

Auden Schendler is Executive Director of Sustainability at Aspen Skiing Company. He worked previously in corporate sustainability at Rocky Mountain Institute. Auden has been a trailer insulator, burger flipper, ambulance medic, Outward Bound instructor, high school math and English teacher, freelance writer, and Forest Service goose nest island builder. An avid outdoorsman, Auden has climbed Denali, North America’s highest peak, and kayaked the Grand Canyon in the winter. His writing has been published in Harvard Business Review, the L.A. Times, Rock and Ice, and Salon.com, among other places. In 2006, Auden was named a global warming innovator by Time magazine. He lives in Basalt, Colorado with his wife, Ellen, and their children, Willa and Elias.




Praise For Getting Green Done

Dr. James E. Hansen, Director, NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies
"The sobering conclusion that I have reached, after traveling to Germany, the UK, Japan, and several U.S. states, is that even the greenest nations are not planning anything like what is needed—they say some green words, but their actions don't match the scale of the problem. Getting Green Done defines strategies that will actually help. It's an antidote and an alternative to "greenwash," the fraud perpetrated by governments and the fossil fuel industry that threatens our planet and our children."

Walter Isaacson, President and CEO of the Aspen Institute and author of Einstein: His Life and Universe
"A lot of people talk about climate change, but Auden Schendler combats it every day. He also makes the issue fun to read about. This is an amusing, anecdotal, as well as highly informative account of what can be done to help the environment in ways large and small."

Jeffrey Swartz, President and CEO, Timberland
“Entertaining insights from a true climate crusader … Sure to inspire business leaders striving to make their organization more sustainable.” 

Publishers Weekly, January 12, 2009
“Prius drivers and recyclers take note: according to debut author Schendler, your efforts to be environmentally correct are admirable, but are hardly the kind of urgent, unified action we need to really make an impact on global climate change…By challenging status quo thinking about sustainability and taking the point of view of the business executive and the worker in the field, Schendler offers a perspective that is refreshingly realistic and pragmatic.” 

Dr. James E. Hansen, Director, NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies
“The sobering conclusion that I have reached, after traveling to Germany, the UK, Japan, and several U.S. states, is that even the greenest nations are not planning anything like what is needed—they say some green words, but their actions don't match the scale of the problem. Getting Green Done defines strategies that will actually help. It's an antidote and an alternative to ‘greenwash,’ the fraud perpetrated by governments and the fossil fuel industry that threatens our planet and our children."

Walter Isaacson, President and CEO of the Aspen Institute and author of Einstein: His Life and Universe
“A lot of people talk about climate change, but Auden Schendler combats it every day. He also makes the issue fun to read about. This is an amusing, anecdotal, as well as highly informative account of what can be done to help the environment in ways large and small.”

Jeffrey Swartz, President and CEO, Timberland
“Entertaining insights from a true climate crusader … Sure to inspire business leaders striving to make their organization more sustainable.”

Booklist, 2/13
“Schendler frames his environmentally sound arguments in practical terms every business executive, home owner, and government official can relate to.”

Ski Press World, February issue
“A dirty job and a damned good book”

Boston Globe
“‘Getting Green Done’ is a valuable tonic against the sophistry that saving the planet is as easy as a beach stroll.”

Denver Post, 3/29
“With an easy, witty flow, Schendler urgently prods already-recycling readers to ‘hit the reset button.’ The book is a trumpet call ushering in an age of environmental enlightenment.”

Grist
, 4/1

“Anyone with a passing interest in these issues would likely find it engaging reading. And for corporate sustainability officers, it should be required.”

American Park Network
“Schendler’s frank narrative yanks off our rose (and green) colored glasses and in a very entertaining and enlightening way challenges us to make a difference in the climate change process and debate.”

Seattle Post-Intelligencer

“Auden Schendler is blowing a metaphorical raspberry at the kind of hybrid-driving, plastic bag-banning environmentalists for which Seattle is known.”

Charlotte Observer
“In ‘Getting Green Done,’ [Schendler] brings our monumental environmental challenges into focus and offers inspiring ideas and practical tips about how each of us can address them.”

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