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Confessions of a Radical Industrialist: Profits, People, Purpose--Doing Business by Respecting the Earth

Purchase Now - Confessions of a Radical Industrialist: Profits, People, Purpose--Doing Business by Respecting the EarthIn 1994, Interface founder and chairman Ray Anderson set an audacious goal for his commercial carpet company:  to take nothing from the earth that can’t be replaced by the earth.  Now, in the most inspiring business book of our time, Anderson leads the way forward and challenges all of industry to share that goal. 


The Interface story is a compelling one:  In 1994, making carpets was a toxic, petroleum-based process, releasing immense amounts of air and water pollution and creating tons of waste.  Fifteen years after Anderson’s “spear in the chest” revelation, Interface has:


Business Lessons from a Radical Industrialist

Purchase now - Business Lesson from a Radical IndustrialistIn 1994, Ray Anderson was 60 years old and at the top of his game as founder and CEO of Atlanta-based Interface, Inc., a modular carpet company that makes those clever carpet tiles that you may have underfoot in your office or coveted via the company's residential brand, FLOR.
That was 17 years ago - before 'green' was the compelling business imperative that it is today (for reference, oil was then $18/bbl), and frankly, the environment was nowhere on Ray's radar.  An Interface associate asked Ray to give a speech to a task force that was forming to answer customer concerns about environmental impacts, and though he had not a clue what he would say, he accepted.  As the date for the speech grew closer, he began to sweat -- and then Paul Hawken's book, The Ecology of Commerce, landed on his desk.  The rest is green business history -- Ray read the book (he's called it a 'spear in the chest' epiphany), his outlook was radically transformed, and he gave a speech that would put the petroleum-dependent carpet company on a path to zero environmental footprint.  


The Climate Change Crisis is Here -- High Tide on Main Street

High Tide on Main StreetSea level is rising. Coastlines will shift in ways that cause major geographic, real estate and financial impacts by 2050. For each foot of sea level rise, the ocean can move up to a mile inland. Anyone with property near the shore needs to understand this phenomenon, the property impacts, and how to adapt.

In his brand new book High Tide on Main Street, author and Florida based oceanographer John Englander takes the mystery out of all the science, policies, engineering and technology and takes a pragmatic look at what this means to land values, as well as social, government and personal action.


Architect shares simple green architecture improvements for homes and offices

Purchase Now - Architecture Laid BareArchitect shares simple green architecture improvements for homes and offices

A lot of green energy ideas would make you blue in the face if you knew the truth.

In the new book Architect Laid Bare! In Shades of Green, veteran architect Robert Brown Butler focuses on taking the mystery out of the challenges of green architecture. In this highly readable and comprehensive book, he explains the newest and best ideas for creating each element of a modern building’s design and construction.

His book is packed with practical ways to help people achieve comfort and understanding about the design and construction of their home or office. Here’s a sampling of the many ways he identifies to keep false prophets from luring you with false profits —so you can add green to your life and green to your pocket at the same time:


Service Foods CEO Dr. Keith Kantor’s New Book, What Matters: Leadership Values That Just Might Save America, Offers Common-Sense Solutions to America’s Healthcare Crisis

What Matters: Leadership Values That Just Might Save AmericaDr. Kantor uses the book as a blueprint for how we can save hundreds of billions of dollars per year over the next decade all while preventing debilitating, chronic illnesses

Service Foods, a leading provider of all-natural, high-quality food for home delivery, is pleased to announce the release of CEO Dr. Keith Kantor’s latest book, What Matters: Leadership Values That Just Might Save America (Effective Press, 2012).

In his new book, Dr. Kantor contends that the current structure of America’s healthcare system is bankrupting our country, threatening our global prosperity and weakening our world leadership by focusing on disease and accident management. What Matters reveals that despite the massive $1.8 trillion Americans spend on healthcare each year, we are still faced with soaring rates of arthritis, diabetes, heart disease, hypertension and obesity.


Book Review: Green Building Product Certifications

Or, Man Did I Learn Way More Than I Wanted to From This Book

Building Green's publication provides the reader with as much or more information about green building products that they ever need. I was honored to be asked by GBA to review Green Building Product Certifications, a recent publication of Building Green, Inc. that makes a valiant attempt to demystify the seemingly infinite range of product certifications currently in the marketplace. The first clue that this was not going to be easy was the third line of the table of contents – “Green Labels: A mess, but not as bad as you think.”

Call me a skeptic, but I think it is probably as bad, or worse, than I think. Check out this quote early in the book: “A 2009 study by TerraChoice found 98% of consumer products … committed one of their seven sins of greenwash.” Another one I liked: “Most marketing claims, product specifications…are first-party declarations that have not been independently tested or verified.” What’s a poor boy to do?


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