Planting a Seed: Three Simple Steps to Sustainable Living
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About the Author
Kate Gaertner is a leading expert, sought-after speaker and consultant in corporate sustainability with 25 years of combined corporate and entrepreneurial experience. She holds a Masters of Science in Sustainable Management from the University of Wisconsin, an M.B.A. from the Wharton School, and an A.B. from Dartmouth College.Kate serves on the board of the XXcelerate Fund, a business-accelerator and fund for women-led businesses and has held positions at XM Satellite Radio, Ziff Davis Media, and Time Inc., as well as worked as a consultant to Fortune 500 companies developing go-to-market business strategies. She also founded a sustainable women's activewear lifestyle brand, OMALA. Kate is married with two great kids, and lives in downtown Portland, Oregon.
"Her approach is orderly, logical, and always positive... Refreshing.... For those looking for a starting point to creating a greener lifestyle, this is a fine option." --Publishers WeeklyFor many years, Kate Gaertner directed her sustainability expertise towards greening companies. Now she's using that knowledge to empower individuals on the path to sustainability. Planting a Seed is packed with practical tips to help lighten your family's impact on the planet. Whether you're a nature lover, penny pincher or brand new to going green, Kate will help you create a customized sustainability action plan that is sure to inspire you to become a personal change-maker.
--Adria Vasil, bestselling author of the Ecoholic book series Planting a Seed: three simple steps to sustainable living clearly provides readers with accessible actions they can take to begin living more sustainably. Kate Gaertner helps simplify what can seem a very complex process for many people, identifying value drivers that the average person can easily identify in their daily life, and what steps we can take as individuals to make changes in seven clear impact categories. Kate's core message: Start small, do what works for you and your family, and larger positive changes both personally and for the greater community will follow! --Melissa Bruntlett, author of Building the Cycling City and Curbing Traffic 'Kate Gaertner explains how each of us can--must--work to reverse global warming. She reminds me of Body Shop co-founder Anita Roddick, who contrasted the pessimism of the thought with the optimism of the action. It's time for optimism and action.' --John Elkington, Founder & Chief Pollinator at Volans, and author of Green Swans: The Coming Boom in Regenerative Capitalism It's clear that joining movements for change in our political and economic systems is the main way we'll fight climate change--but while you're doing that there are plenty of things around your home that can make a difference too, and this book provides lots of handy ideas!
--Bill McKibben, author of The End of Nature "Planting a Seed is a compelling read, lively and fun, with relatable stories and metaphors that simplify otherwise complicated concepts. Kate Gaertner makes sustainable actions accessible to everyone. Buy this book! --Gregg Semler, CEO of InPipe Energy Now it's personal. Individuals are stewards of sustainable change. In her uplifting book, Kate Gaertner provides the knowledge, tools, and easy-to-adopt frameworks for lowering environmental impact in all parts of one's life. --Dan Kalafatas, co-founder and chairman of 3Degrees