New Green Homes Course and Educational Set Now Available For College Educators

Authors Launch Amazon Webstore to Provide Purchasing Convenience For Students

by Michael Smith (Veshengro)

Green Beginnings, the outreach initiative of husband-and-wife team authors Avrim and Vicki Topel that introduces and helps people learn about and understand green homes with their book, video, and educational tours of their LEED Silver home, have recently that announced their new Green Homes Educational Set (book and DVD) are now available for college- and graduate-level educators to offer as adjunct curriculum for the fall semester, 2009.

The Green Homes Educational Set consists of their award-winning book Green Beginnings: The Story of How We Built Our Green & Sustainable Home and their new eco-documentary video “The Green Beginnings Video”. Both the book and the video feature the true story of planning and building their LEED Silver and Energy Star Qualified home that was selected as a LEED For Homes Project Profile by the U.S. Green Building Council. Both the book and video were created for the sole purpose of helping others understand green homes. The book and DVD provide valuable insight about green homes built to specifications set forth by the LEED Green Building Rating System and allow students to observe homeowners (consumers) and professionals adapting to change as they prepare to enter the global workforce of new green careers and jobs. As adjunct curriculum, instructors include the Set as required reading. Upon reading the book and video, students return to the classroom for discussion.

To further support the program, they have launched a new Amazon Webstore site to provide purchasing convenience for college- and graduate-level students. Students may purchase books and videos (DVDs) at The website also includes a six-minute video trailer of the Green Beginnings Video.

Further information about the book, video, home and educational tours of the home can be accessed from the new website.

Having had the opportunity to review both the book and the video I would agree that this set is a great addition to learning about designing and building “green” homes.

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