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USGBC and Island Press launch GreenWorks

November 3, 2008
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October 2, 2008 – (Washington, DC) –Two leading nonprofit organizations – the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) and Island Press, have teamed up to launch GreenWorks, a book club that will offer the newest and best books on green building at discounted prices. GreenWorks, created expressly for USGBC members, will offer a selection of featured reads each month, while also connecting readers to a vast selection of the latest green building industry books and noteworthy authors.

“This book club is about starting a conversation,” said Peter Templeton, Senior Vice President, U.S. Green Building Council. “USGBC members are full of ideas and solutions. The book club will offer professionals a place to connect with others in the field, share their thoughts on various books, ideas and authors, as well as learn more about all things green building.”

“Island Press has been publishing resources on the built environment for almost 25 years. By working with USGBC, one of the primary sources for planners, architects, and other professionals, we will be able to offer a wide range of ideas and solutions to those looking for expertise on these critical issues,” said Charles S. Savitt, president and publisher of Island Press.

Books are selected on a monthly basis by a panel of leading experts in the field, and are available for purchase from Island Press ( USGBC members will be able to buy at discounted prices, including an opportunity for bulk purchase discounts. From the array of books potentially of interest to USGBC members, those featured each month are evaluated by industry professionals and selected for their contribution of ideas and analysis of green building issues. GreenWorks members are encouraged to contact Island Press via their website ( to suggest potential titles, authors and topics.

The first four books to be featured are:
  • Emerald Architecture, by GreenSource Magazine, a collection of 24 in-depth case studies of green buildings that are both sustainable and attractive.
  • The Green Building Revolution, by Jerry Yudelson, a chronicle and manifesto of green building, showing why and how readers need to start thinking about designing, building and operating LEED-certified buildings on conventional budgets.
  • Sustainable Construction, 2 nd edition, by Charles J. Kibert, which guides construction and design professionals through the process of developing commercial and institutional high-performance green buildings in today's marketplace.
  • The Necessary Revolution: How Individuals and Organizations are Working Together to Created a Sustainable World, by Peter M. Senge with Bryan Smith, Nina Kruschwitz, Joe Laur and Sara Schley. Senge and his co-authors reveal how companies are boldly leading the change from “business as usual” tactics to transformative strategies that are critical for creating a flourishing, sustainable world.
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