Getting Green Done

  • by Auden Schendler
  • Narrated by Walter Dixon
  • 6 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Soccer moms drive Priuses. Sport-utility vehicles are going hybrid. Families are using hemp shopping bags. More and more companies are developing "green" buildings. What's more, the business consultants say going green is easy and profitable.In reality, though, many green-leaning businesses, families, and governments are still fiddling with the small stuff while the planet burns. Why? Because implementing sustainability is brutally difficult.In this witty and contrarian audiobook, Auden Schendler, a sustainable-business foot soldier with 15 year's worth of experience, gives us a peek under the hood of the green movement. The consultants, he argues, are clueless. Fluorescent bulbs might be better for our atmosphere, but what do you say to the boutique hotel owner who thinks they detract from his? And how do you convince a chain-smoking karate expert mechanic to put biodiesel in his vehicles?Scientists tell us we have to cut CO2 emissions 80 percent by mid-century. That's going to take more than a recycling program. We'll only solve our problems if we're realistic about the challenge of climate change.In this eye-opening, inspiring audiobook, Schendler illuminates the path. This recording features a new introduction wriiten and read by the author. In addition, a new Afterword based on an article written by the author for Orion Magazine has been added to this recording.

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What the Critics Say

"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." (Dr. James E. Hansen, Director, NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies)
"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." (Walter Isaacson, CEO of the Aspen Institute and author of Einstein: His Life and Universe)

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Customer Reviews

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Green's Dirty Little Secrets

Auden Schendler is what I would call a "truth-teller" and he's an important person to read if you are involved in the green movement. He eschews rhetoric for reality and keeps the book totally focused on the mundane and painfully real stories of greening companies. The book reflects a lifetime of environmental committment and dozens of traps to watch out for along the way. He's been there and done it. Sometimes he has done it wrong, but he always learns from his mistakes and better yet, tells us about them. He doesn't kowtow to the Sacred Cows of the Sierra Club or LEED, which is also refreshing to see.
I was surprised by his extremely spiritual message in the book's afterword, which comes out of left field, but actually places his real world stories on a plane much higher than ROI, NOI or any other biz school acronym we use to rationalize the adoption of green strategies.
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- Martin

Nice but misses the real issues

Would you try another book from Auden Schendler and/or Walter Dixon?

This is just another book about how existing systems and institutions will be able to overcome the mess we are in, not realising that the systems and insitution of empire and capitalism are at the heart of the problems and unless we completely change that around we are doomed one way or another.


What was most disappointing about Auden Schendler’s story?

He is living in his own elite world in the clouds at Aspen ski resort, removed from reality of the real issues and greening the current economy does not achieve much, and will be way to little far too late and just prolongs the suffering for the rest of us (the 99%).


What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Disappointment


Any additional comments?

Not worth reading unless you think everything is gonna bee OK with business as usual.

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- Peter

Book Details

  • Release Date: 07-02-2009
  • Publisher: Gildan Media, LLC