"Explosion Green" tells the twenty-year story of the global green building movement through the eyes of David Gottfried, the man who helped start it all. "Explosion Green" reveals 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), and Greening My Life (2010), and has appeared on KQED/NPR with Michael Krasny, NPR Radio, Discover Channel's Renovation Nation, ABC News, Metropolitan Home, in the Jerusalem Post, Australia's Financial Times, and dozens of other publications.
"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."