01 Jun '11, 4pm

A review of David W. Orr's new collection of essays, Hope is an Imperative.

First, a quick bio for those of you who might not be familiar with David W. Orr: He the Paul Sears Distinguished Professor of Environmental Studies and Politics at Oberlin College and a James Marsh Professor at the University of Vermont, as well as a trustee for the Rocky Mountain Institute, among other things. Around 15 years ago, he organized the construction of one of the greenest buildings in North America, the Adam Joseph Lewis Center for Environmental Studies at Oberlin College (it would have qualified for LEED Platinum back then if the LEED standard had been established - photo below). Hope is an Imperative: The Essential David Orr is a collection of essays, a kind of "best of". The book is not structured chronologically, but rather thematically. The first section contains essays on "The Fundamental", including an interesting essay on the role that love has to play,...

Full article: http://www.treehugger.com/files/2011/05/hope-is-an-impera...

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