Explosion Green: One Man's Journey To Green The World's Largest Industry by David GottfriedExplosion Green: One Man's Journey To Green The World's Largest Industry by David Gottfried

Explosion Green: One Man's Journey To Green The World's Largest Industry

byDavid Gottfried

Paperback | June 2, 2014

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Explosion Greentells the twenty-year story of the global green building movement through the eyes of David Gottfried, the man who helped start it all.Explosion Greenreveals the inner workings of the building industry as it comes to grips with the need for environmentally friendly practices. It describes how the industry has evolved, and how this evolution has helped fight climate change and prevent further damage to the environment while creating a multibillion-dollar industry. Filled with his unique insight and self-deprecating humor, Gottfried’s riveting memoir demonstrates how one person can start a global movement."Explosion Green" has won three 2014 Indie Book Awards: Second Place Grand Prize for Non-fiction, Business Category, and Memoir Category
David Gottfried is known as the father of the global green building movement, founding both the World Green Building Council and the U.S. Green Building Council, which has done more for carbon mitigation than any other organization. He has two annual awards in his name, has published two memoirs,Greed to Green(2004), andGreening My Lif...
Title:Explosion Green: One Man's Journey To Green The World's Largest IndustryFormat:PaperbackDimensions:306 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 0.69 inPublished:June 2, 2014Publisher:Morgan James PublishingLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1630470228

ISBN - 13:9781630470227


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My alarm jolted me awake out of my jet-lag coma. I’d been dreaming of being lost at sea in a life raft, searching for land. The raft spun round and round. I was making a fishing line from the unraveling canvas and a bucket to capture rainwater. The clock was flashing 7:00, which looked more like 17:00 in my Benadryl fog. I think I’d finally fallen asleep at 3 a.m. — at least in Beijing, but more like 4 p.m. my time, the previous day in Berkeley. I hurried to dress. The mirror shot back an image that seemed to have more gray hair, further receding of the hairline, and bags under my glassy eyes. Shenzhen was my third stop on the two-week China trip. I’d already hit Hong Kong and Beijing with Sara and then Shanghai and now Shenzhen with Nellie. Sara and I had been married ten years, and she was now a New York Times best-selling author of The Hormone Cure, with two more books on the way. Our two young kids were at our Berkeley Hills home with Sara’s folks.

Table of Contents


1 China Green
2 Makeover
3 Learning the Game
4 First Sighting of Green Building
5 Green Doesn’t Pay the Bills

6. Jobless in San Francisco
7 Cold Calling
8 The Start of a Movement
9 Building the USGBC
10 What Now?
12 LEED Rolls Out
13 Growing Up
14 Pushing Limits
15 GBC Goes Global
16 The First Greenbuild
17 The Greenest Little Home in America
18 Regenerative Ventures
19 Shades of Green

20 The GBC Movement at Twenty
21 What’s Next?







Editorial Reviews

"Our future depends on integrating sustainability into all that we do.  David Gottfried’s pioneering work is proof that we can do it, and Explosion Green tells us how to do it, and why it’s the best way out of our economic doldrums and back into the future business." —President Bill Clinton “David Gottfried is the father of the green movement. This book is a must read for any serious student of how to design new systems and green building.” — Art Gensler “David Gottfried set a world of improvement in motion. The global built environment is now incorporating sustainability as standard practice and as a result is making better buildings that are profitable for the bottom line, the planet and its people.” — Gerald D. Hines, Founder and Chairman, Hines “No organization has had a bigger impact on the environment than [the USGBC]. In sharing himself and the fabric of a life well directed, we can find ourselves and know that little or nothing exceeds our grasp if we love the world as well as David has.” — Paul Hawken, Author, Ecology of Commerce “This is a story about an idea. An idea that became an organization. An organization that anchored a movement. A movement that is changing the world. David and his relentless pursuit of the possible helped invent the spark and carry the torch for this revolutionary idea that led us to start the USGBC and later the WorldGBC.” — Rick Fedrizzi, President, CEO and Founding Chair, U.S. Green Building Council “This book is inspiring and also a great story of how one man can change the world. David Gottfried and I worked closely to build the China Green Building Council.” — Qiu Baoxing,  Executive Vice Minister, Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Development, People’s Republic of China “David Gottfried not only accelerates the cause with a contagious passion, he also provides a clear path towards delivering the transformational change the world needs.” — Douglas Frye, Global President and CEO, Colliers International “A remarkable story of a remarkable transformation. David Gottfried’s efforts transformed the building industry and himself. This beautiful memoir illuminates the challenges of change.” — Amory Lovins, Cofounder and Chief Scientist, Rocky Mountain Institute, Author, Reinventing Fire “David’s inability to accept the imperfect nature of systems and institutionalized practices have required him to move forward without a map. He has shown us that we each have the potential to reshape our personal behaviors and recalibrate the value systems for entire global markets.” — Che Wall, Cofounder, Green Building Council of Australia “I’ve known David for over a decade and been hugely inspired by his work in founding and growing the global Green Building Council movement. This book can change your life and help inspire you to not only dream big, but put it into action.” —Jim Allen, President & CEO, Sloan “David Gottfried’s work has been instrumental in connecting the marketplace to game-changing products. Read about it and get in the game.” — Rao Mulpuri, PhD, CEO, View, Inc. “Transformation of the most important sector in the nation’s energy economy resulted from David Gottfried’s pioneering work. Students and professionals will be inspired by this book as it describes the pathway that led to such monumental results.” — Gil Masters, Professor Emeritus of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Stanford University “Explosion Green shows us how our passions can accelerate sustainable business and change the world. I’ve been privileged to participate in David Gottfried’s story describing the world’s most incredible transformation of its largest industry.” — Kevin Hydes, CEO and Founder, Integral Group, Former Chair, U.S. and World Green Building Councils, Founder, Canada Green Building Council “David inspires us to believe we have the ability to envision a future that we might create. He has lived it firsthand and generously shares his learning with us.” — Maria Atkinson Am, Cofounder, Green Building Council of Australia “A refreshing, delightful and candid memoir of how a young, bright ‘Type A’ developer created a revolution in how buildings are designed and built, and finds his higher self in the process.” — Sim Van Der Ryn, Professor Emeritus of Architecture, UC Berkeley, Author, Design for an Empathic World, Ecological Design and Sustainable Communities “Explosion Green will not only inspire you, but change your life. This beautifully written book portrays the creation of the global green building movement, while catalyzing each of us to proactively foment the change we hope for the world.” — L. Hunter Lovins, President and founder, Natural Capitalism Solutions Coauthor, Natural Capitalism “There are serial entrepreneurs, who have founded multiple, successful companies, and serial change agents, who have guided change in multiple institutions, but David Gottfried is the exceptionally rare individual who is a serial founder of change movements. Embedded in the stories he tells in Explosion Green is David’s secret formula for success.” — Dan Slone, Partner, McGuireWoods, USGBC & WorldGBC General Counsel