News and Resources
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May 1, 2009 --/WORLD-WIRE/--
New Experience-based Book & DVD Set Offers Unique Opportunity for Understanding Green Homes
April 27, 2009 --/WORLD-WIRE/--
Green Beginnings Wins Gold Medal at First Annual Living Now Book Awards
March 12, 2009 --/WORLD-WIRE/--
New Release: The Green Beginnings Video
Correction: New Release: The Green Beginnings Video
March 9, 2009 --/WORLD-WIRE/--
Book Review: Green Beginnings Receives Kudos from Top Critics
March 2, 2009 --/WORLD-WIRE/--
USGBC select "GREEN BEGINNINGS" Home for LEED Project Profile
December 10, 2008 --/WORLD-WIRE/--
Husband & Wife Team Author Green Homebuilding Book
December 1, 2008 --/WORLD-WIRE/--
USGBC Awards LEED Silver Certification for Home in SouthEastern Pennsylvania
County Lines Magazine Cover Story -- (see photo of cover)
January 26th, 2009
Feature Story by Matt Freeman: "Timeless Charm, Sustainable Future: Green is Beautiful".
Mother Nature Network (MNN), Article by Sidney Stevens
"Little green house on the prairie"
University of Delaware Messenger, Article by Sue Moncure
"Couple takes the LEED in green construction"
Greenville/Hockessin/Chadds Ford Community News
"Building green comes naturally to Kennett couple."
Mainline Today Magazine Article
Article, "Lay of the Land - A Kennett Square beauty turns the farmhouse motif on its head."
Press Release, "NEW RELEASE: THE GREEN BEGINNINGS VIDEO".
Sustainable Delaware Article
A New LEED Certified Home in our Midst
Delaware Today (April 15, 2009)
The Green Dream: A Kennett property gets the environmentally friendly treatment and turns its owners into role models.
Sustainable Sweet Life
This new LEED Silver home shatters the myth that green houses lack comfort and luxury. Story by Matt Freeman and photos by Matt Freeman, John Lewis, Rick Ziesing.
- Kirkus Discoveries Reviews
"...most people participate in environmentalism only when it's easy or convenient. The Topels' passion for an ecologically sustainable home was neither."
"...the authors provide sound advice and education...(and) the book remains entertaining and educational for both the average consumer and those looking to embark on their own green journey. An excellent, informative guide to sustainable building."
- Ethical Markets Media, Rosalinda Lidh, Executive Director
You'll need to scroll down the page a little to see the review.
"Going green might be all the rage, but how does one apply it to the core of ones life, to ones home, top to bottom? In Green Beginnings, readers are guided through the thought and practical process of making sustainable living a reality with depth, beyond adding CFLs and extra insulation. A must read for anyone designing or redesigning their home with our global home in mind."
- Gang Chen, LEED AP, and AIA, author of "LEED AP Exam Guide"
"A valuable book for anyone interested in going green or building a green home, January 5, 2009"
"Green Beginnings: The Story of How We Built Our Green & Sustainable Home" is an important contribution to the revolutionary trend of Going Green."
"It is a valuable book for anyone interested in going green or building a green home."
Green Beginnings Gold Medal Winner at Living Now Book Awards
Global Independent Publisher Association competition recognizes book as Best in Class...
Living Now Gold Medal
The Story of How We Built Our Green & Sustainable Home
by Avrim and Vicki Topel (Green Beginnings Publishing)
WEBSITES AND RESOURCES
A MESSAGE TO REALTORS CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD [PDF]
A MESSAGE TO EDUCATORS CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD [PDF]
Green Beginnings Amazon Blog
U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC)
LEED For Homes Program
Project Architect, Matthew Moger, Lyman Perry Architects
Tad Radzinsky, Sustainable Engineer, Sustainable Solutions Corporation
Jonathan Alderson, Landscape Architect
Dave Bone, MaGrann Associates
Environmental engineering and Consulting firm who were the LEED Providers for our project.
Delaware Valley Green Building Council
"Philadelphia based educational classes, events, and advocacy."
Sustainable resources directory
EcoBusinessLinks is your Green Directory for organic food, cheap clean energy, sustainable home resources, organic cotton, a vegetarian date, an organic farm, a sustainable community or eco-friendly products.
A comprehensive directory for all things green.
EcoBrain offers a top-quality selection of eBooks and mp3 audio about the environment and environmentally-friendly living. All content on EcoBrain is in downloadable, digital format, so you can buy green with zero use of forest-pulping paper and only a minimal amount of expended energy.
Sustainable Living and Energy Conservation from Discovery.com.
HGTV GREEN HOME 2009
- Go Green Expo, Pennsylvania Convention Center
Saturday, March 14th, 10am - 6pm
Sunday, March 15th, 10am - 5pm
- Delaware Great Green Expo, Riverfront Convention Center
Saturday, March 21st, 9am - 5pm
- New Castle County Board of REALTORS®
Realtor Showcase of 2009
Dupont Country Club (Google Map for Directions)
Wednesday, March 25th