Book Announcement

   Here's the press release I sent out when this book was published. My primary retail outlet is Amazon, which is why it is mentioned here.

the Original Green [Unlocking the Mystery of True Sustainability] is now available on Amazon.

Author: Stephen A. Mouzon

Foreword: Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.

Publisher: The Guild Foundation Press, 2010.

Particulars:  288 pages, 6" x 9", softcover.

There are 245 images in the book, and I'm about to put them all up later this week on my Zenfolio site so that if you see an image that looks like it might be useful for a presentation, report, book (or whatever) you're working on you can simply download it and use it.

More Original Green:

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What's It About? 

The Original Green is the sustainability our ancestors knew by heart. Originally (before the Thermostat Age) they had no choice but to build green, otherwise people would not survive very long. The Original Green aggregates and distributes the wisdom of sustainability through the operating system of living traditions, producing sustainable places in which it is meaningful to build sustainable buildings. Original Green sustainability is common-sense and plain-spoken, meaning "keeping things going in a healthy way long into an uncertain future." Sustainable places should be nourishable because if you cannot eat there, you cannot live there. They should be accessible because we need many ways to get around, especially walking and biking because those methods do not require fuel. They should be serviceable because we need to be able to get the basic services of life within walking distance. We also should be able to make a living where we are living if we choose to. They should be securable against rough spots in the uncertain future because if there is too much fear, the people will leave. Sustainable buildings should be lovable because if they cannot be loved, they will not last. They should be durable because if they cannot endure, they are not sustainable. The should be flexible because if they endure, they will need to be used for many uses over the centuries. They should be frugal because energy and resource hogs cannot be sustained in a healthy way long into an uncertain future.

What's In It?


Part One: What’s the Problem?

The Top 10 Problems with Our Current Green Efforts

10 ~ the Absence of Plain-Spoken Sustainability
9 ~ the Danger of Wishes
8 ~ the Dilemma of Global Warming
7 ~ the Fate of “Ought-To”
6 ~ the Problem of Growth
5 ~ the Trouble with Consumption
4 ~ the Achilles Heel of Architecture
3 ~ the Fuzzy Carbon Focus
2 ~ the Supply-Side Focus
1 ~ the Two and a Half Billion People

Part Two: What Can We Do?

The Top 10 Better Ways of Being Green

10 ~ the Things that Work
9 ~ the Six Realms of Green
8 ~ the Green Country to the Green City
7 ~ the Simpler Way
6 ~ the Many Uses
5 ~ the Source of Stuff
4 ~ the Expanded Comfort Range
3 ~ the Localized Operations
2 ~ the Sharing of Wisdom
1 ~ the Involvement of Everyone

Part Three: What’s the Plan?

The 8 Foundations of Sustainable Places & Buildings

the Sustainable Places

the Nourishable Places
the Accessible Places
the Serviceable Places
the Securable Places

the Sustainable Buildings

the Lovable Buildings
the Durable Buildings
the Flexible Buildings
the Frugal Buildings

Part Four: What Can I Do?

The Top 10 Things You Can Do to Be Green

10 ~ Do All of the Stuff You Already Know
9 ~ Give a Gift to the Street
8 ~ Choose It for Longer than You’ll Use It
7 ~ Choose Smaller Stuff with Double Duty
6 ~ Live Where Friends Visit Unannounced
5 ~ Operate Naturally
4 ~ Raise a Victory Garden
3 ~ Build Garden Rooms in Your Yard
2 ~ Live Where You Can Walk to the Grocery
1 ~ Make a Living Where You’re Living

Final Words


© 2012 The Guild Foundation Press