If you go
What: "Getting Green Done" with Auden Schendler
When: 7 p.m. today
Where: Bud Werner Memorial Library
More information: Auden Schendler is executive director of community and environmental responsibility for Aspen Skiing Co. and in 2006 was named a sustainability pioneer by Time magazine. His new book, "Getting Green Done: Hard Truths from the Front Lines of the Sustainability Revolution," came out in April. For more information about Schendler and his writing, go to www.gettinggreend...
Steamboat Springs So you want to join the sustainability revolution.
A first step might be to replace regular light bulbs with compact fluorescent lamps, or use cloth bags instead of plastic at the supermarket.
Those are fine efforts, said author Auden Schendler - they're just not enough.
"People focus on the tangible things," he said, explaining the outline of his new book, "Getting Green Done: Hard Truths from the Front Lines of the Sustainability Revolution."
Schendler paints a dire picture in the book as he cites climate change scientists who call for an 80 percent cut in carbon dioxide emissions by 2050.
"The message of the book is that these small things are happening, and we should do them, but they're not going to solve our problems," he said.
In "Getting Green Done," Schendler writes about the missteps, mistakes, failures - and eventually, successes - of green efforts from his own experience.
During a book talk and signing at 7 p.m. today, Schendler said he plans to conduct a "storytelling session" about his involvement in the green movement.
Even the small steps to sustainability have their difficulties, he said. "Getting Green Done" urges businesses and consumers to take those steps to scale.
"We don't learn to hit a curveball by hitting it," Schendler said.
Schendler has been with Aspen Skiing Co. for 10 years; as the executive director of sustainability for the resort group, Schendler has pushed through green projects with a variety of methods, including championing renewable energy and influencing policy.
"We've got a whole range of areas where we've failed and failed and then succeeded," he said.
Before publishing "Getting Green Done" in April and being named a global climate change innovator by Time magazine in 2006, Schendler was a research associate in corporate responsibility at Rocky Mountain Institute. During summer 1990, he pumped gas at Space Station in Steamboat Springs.
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