The 2014 Summit Reads Community Project returns for a fourth year with events and discussions focused on the book “Getting Green Done: Hard Truths from the Front Lines of the Sustainability Revolution,” by Auden Schendler. The series will kick off with a book discussion at The Next Page bookstore in Frisco on Tuesday, March 11.
“Summit Reads continues our focus on Summit County’s environment,” said Joyce Dierauer, Summit Reads member and executive director of the Summit County Libraries. “We have concentrated on topics important to our community, and sustainability is the 2014 choice. We are extremely pleased that Mr. Schendler lives close to Summit County and is going to speak to Summit County readers on April 12.”
Schendler is vice president of sustainability at Aspen Skiing Co. and lives in Basalt. He worked previously in corporate sustainability at Rocky Mountain Institute. Schendler has been a trailer insulator, burger flipper, ambulance medic, Outward Bound instructor, high school math and English teacher, freelance writer and Forest Service goose nest island builder. An avid outdoorsman, Schendler has climbed Denali, North America’s highest peak, and kayaked the Grand Canyon in winter.
His writing has been published in Harvard Business Review, the L.A. Times, Slate, Scientific American, Atlantic.com, Huffington Post and Salon.com among other media. His work has been covered in Outside, Fast Company, Travel and Leisure and Businessweek. In 2006, Schendler was named a global warming innovator by Time magazine. He has also received a Wirth Chair “Pioneer of the New Energy Economy” by the University of Colorado and was named a “Climate Saver” by the EPA and an E-Chievement Award winner by the radio show E-town.
Schendler testified to Congress on the impacts of climate change and speaks widely on sustainability. NASA’s James Hansen called his book “an antidote to greenwash.” Having consulted with numerous entities on sustainability, Schendler focuses on actually getting stuff done as opposed to talking about it.
Summit Reads started in 2011 with the book “Omnivore’s Dilemma,” by Michael Pollan. In 2012, the committee chose “The Big Burn,” by Timothy Egan, and last year selected “Blue Revolution: Unmaking America’s Water Crisis,” by Cynthia Barnett.
Copies of “Getting Green Done: Hard Truths from the Front Lines of the Sustainability Revolution” are available at Summit County Libraries for $10 and at The Next Page Bookstore in Frisco. Summit Reads’ sponsors include the Summit County Library, Summit County Rotary, Summit Daily News, CSU-Extension, The Next Page bookstore, Colorado Mountain College and the Holiday Inn.