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USGBC and Island Press launch ‘green’ book club

The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) is teaming with Island Press, a non-profit environmental book publisher, to launch GreenWorks, a book club that will offer books on green building at discounted prices.

GreenWorks, created for USGBC members, will offer a selection of featured books each month, while also connecting readers to the latest green building industry books and authors.

“This book club is about starting a conversation,” said Peter Templeton, senior vp-USGBC. “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 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.

The green building trend is gaining steam across the industry, with several retailers launching environmentally friendly labels. In addition to Home Depot’s Eco Options and Lowe’s Healthy Home program, each of the co-ops have introduced green labels in the last year: True Value’s Greener Options, Ace’s Helpful Earth Choices and Do it Best’s enviroLINK. Orgill, the Memphis, Tenn.-based distributor, also launched the Green Friendly program earlier this year.

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