Upcoming Local Literary Event for Environmentally-Conscious Booklovers

Contributed by Carter Presidential Center Librarian Tony Clark

Want to be part of the live audience for WABE’s literary program “Between the Lines”? You’ll have the chance on Thursday, November 12th at the recently renovated Jimmy Carter Presidential Library, when BTL host Valerie Jackson interviews Ray Anderson and David Owen.

Anderson is founder and CEO of Interface, INC., the world’s largest manufacturer of modular carpet for commercial and residential applications and a leading producer of commercial broadloom and commercial fabrics. He is known in environmental circles for his advanced and progressive stance on industrial ecology and sustainability. Since 1995, he has reduced Interface’s waste by a third, and plans to make the company sustainable by 2020. He is pioneering recycling efforts with recyclable nylon and polyester.  However, Anderson wasn’t always a friend of the environment. He had his epiphany in 1994 when he read Paul Hawken’s The Ecology of Commerce, which argues that the global industrial system is destroying the planet and that only industry leaders are powerful enough to stop its degradation.

In his own book, Confessions of a Radical Industrialist, Anderson gives practical ideas and measurable outcomes that every business can use, and shows that profit and sustainability are not mutually exclusive; businesses can improve their bottom lines and do right by the earth.

In Green Metropolis, author David Owen argues that the greenest community in the United States is not Portland, Oregon, or Snowmass, Colorado, but New York City. Residents of compact urban centers, David Owen shows, individually consume less oil, electricity, and water than other Americans. They live in smaller spaces, discard less trash, and, most important of all, spend far less time in automobiles.

Library Journal says Green Metropolis “effectively connects the dots among oil, cars, public transportation, ethanol, rising food prices, and the role of plastic in modern life….Owen’s engaging, accessible book challenges the idea of green and urban living.” The Washington Post says Green Metropolis ” is a thoroughly alarming book, perhaps all the more so because Owen is so matter-of-fact: The facts alone are so discouraging that no rhetorical flourishes are necessary to underscore their urgency.”

Jackson will interview Anderson and Owen before a live audience. Following the taping, the audience will be able to ask their own questions. A book signing follows the program. Atlanta’s A Cappella Books will be selling copies of both authors’ books. 

Doors to the Carter Presidential Museum theater open at 6pm, the program begins at 7pm. The public is invited, and there is no admission charge. For more information, visit the Presidential Center’s website.









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