Original Green Book is Finished

Original Green book front cover

   18 months after work on the book began, the Original Green [and the Mystery of True Sustainability] is complete! <Note: it was originally "Mysteries," as this cover design shows, but my editor, Nancy Bruning convinced me that "Mystery" (singular) was more appropriate.> Since last posting to this blog on January 22, well over 100 new pages have been written. Here’s how it’s laid out:

   The first chapter, “What’s the Problem?” is a Top 10 list of the things we’re doing to be green, but which are not winning strategies. Each has a secret (or with some, not-so-secret) flaw that prevents it from achieving real sustainability.

   The second chapter, “What Can We Do?” is also a Top 10 listing of the most important principles that should underlie real sustainability. Several of the mechanisms described here are nowhere to be found in most current green discussions, but they should be. I serialized these first two chapters on this blog, beginning precisely one year ago today... wow, I didn’t realize that until just now! Because of many comments posted on this blog, and also much off-list email discussions, many parts of these chapters have been refined, so what’s contained in the book will be improved from what you read here.

   The third chapter, “What’s the Plan?” outlines the Original Green, which begins with sustainable places, in which we can then build sustainable buildings. Sustainable places are nourishable, accessible, serviceable, and secure. Sustainable buildings are lovable, durable, flexible, and frugal.

   Everything until this point deals with big-picture stuff that needs to be done by regions, by cultures, and by nations. The fourth chapter, however, gets personal. “What Can I Do?” is a Top 10 list of the things that each of us can do individually to help become more green. It begins with things we can do easily, and moves up to the life-changing things that make the greatest impact.

   The book closes with a Resources chapter that includes websites, blogs, Apps, and books that support Original Green principles. After the index and glossary, it closes with a page on the New Urban Guild’s Project:SmartDwelling.

   My editor is coming down from New York this weekend, and I anticipate we’ll spend several days on her edits. Once we’re finished, it will be ready to go to press. The target release date is March 15... stay tuned!

   ~Steve Mouzon

Legacy Comments:

Monday, February 22, 2010 - 12:03 PM

Dan Zack

Congratulations, Steve. I'm looking forward to it!

Tuesday, February 23, 2010 - 06:35 AM

Steve Mouzon

Thanks, Dan! I'll know more on the actual release date shortly. I'm speaking with two of my heroes about doing the foreword... not sure when either of them might get to it.

Tuesday, March 2, 2010 - 10:54 AM


Definitely on my wish list. I like the cover by the way; the road evokes for me a memory of Christopher Alexander's pattern of "green streets" (I think it was called), a really sensible solution to the problem of excessive impervious surfaces. And the fact that you do not picture a building is playfully mysterious, beckoning me to open the book and see where that roadway leads. Nice.

Sunday, March 7, 2010 - 10:50 AM

Steve Mouzon

Thanks, Daniel! I've now finished the edits, too. The only thing missing is the foreword. I'm asking two people to do it; one already said he would if the other one can't. I'll be having lunch with the other one this week, and will ask him. Because they're both extraordinarily busy people, I don't know when either of them might finish it, but when they do, I can set an actual release date. Please stay tuned!...

Tuesday, April 27, 2010 - 05:08 AM

Steve Mouzon

Quick update... there will be a Launch Party Friday, May 7 at Books & Books on Lincoln Road on South Beach. If you're in town, please stop by!

Friday, June 4, 2010 - 01:24 PM


Eager to read this one.  Brilliant!


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