THE GODFATHER OF GREEN: AN ECO-SPIRITUAL MEMOIR shows one person finding his place over many years as an active participant in three major environmental movements, beginning with the first Earth Day in 1970, up to the present Climate Crisis.

During that time, Jerry Yudelson actively studied meditation and mindfulness practices under the guidance of two powerful Indian spiritual masters. He struggles over many years to integrate these disparate worlds for the betterment of himself and the environment.
Through stories, contemplations, poems and revealing insights, Jerry describes intense encounters with meditation masters, politicians, wives and lovers, activists, architects and engineers, bureaucrats and business leaders, as well as with his own deepest Self.
Internationally known speaker and author Jerry Yudelson has written 14 books on green building, green homes, sustainable urbanism, building performance and water conservation. Jerry speaks and writes with passion, humor, facts, and a deep personal experience with green building going back to 1997.

His favorite quote, from the original Whole Earth Catalog, is “we’re as gods and might as well get good at it.” The green building revolution offers a promise for dealing with nearly 50% of global carbon emissions that come from building operations, construction and products – that’s why he writes about it.

A licensed professional engineer, Jerry Yudelson is a LEED Fellow, a former president of the Green Building Initiative, and a former board member of the U.S. Green Building Council. He was the Research Scholar for Sustainability for the International Council of Shopping Centers, providing research and speaking services from 2007 through 2009. From 2001 to 2008, he trained more than 3500 people in the LEED green building rating system.

His books include: The Godfather of Green: An Eco-Spiritual Memoir (2020); Reinventing Green Building (2016), The World’s Greenest Buildings: Promise vs Performance in Sustainable Design (2013), Dry Run: Preventing the Next Urban Water Crisis (2010), Choosing Green: The Home Buyer’s Guide to Good Green Homes (2008), Greening Existing Buildings (2009) Sustainable Retail Development (2009), Green Building Trends: Europe (2009), The Green Building Revolution (2007), Green Building A to Z (2007), Marketing Green Buildings (2007), and Green Building through Integrated Design (2008).

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