Did you know that Nashville’s downtown Public Square  is a 2.2 acre green roof, with a 57,000-gallon rainwater harvesting tank, and extensive native landscaping?

I sure didn’t – and I live here!  I found out all this and more in a book on all things sustainable in Tennessee – Shades of Green Tennessee!

It’s choc full of inspiring photos of the Tennessee’s best sustainable residential and commercial architecture, green urban spaces, as well as informative profiles on the leading Tennessee providers of sustainable products.

There’s an article on the Routon Residence (going for LEED Platinum certification) designed by yours truly and my favorite architect, David Baird of Building Ideas, featured in it.

In addition, there are profiles on the the very companies who provided the energy systems we talk about for the house:  A. O. Smith, who provided the water heaters;  LightWave Solar Electric, who provided the solar panels, and Precision Air, who provided the geothermal heating and cooling.

Shades of Green Tennessee is the first of a series of books on emerging green communities throughout the country.  When they spoke to us about the book, the editors said they wanted to feature Tennessee first, because it is one of the hottest emerging markets for sustainable architecture and industry today.  Combined with Tennessee’s much touted quality of life, they felt this made for an exciting story!

You can find Shades of Green Tennessee at Barnes & Noble at Vanderbilt University, Parnassus Books, or any one of the Books-A-Million locations in the region (Nashville, Clarksville, Mount Juliet, Murfreesboro, Madison and Spring Hill).   Or, of course, on Amazon 🙂




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