The Greening of Gavin - My First Year of Living Sustainably

Rated 4.83/5 based on 9 reviews
As he walked out of the cinema, Gavin knew that his life would change forever. It was the impact of a documentary that kicked him into action, whereby he decided to lower his family's impact on the planet, in the attempt to live a more sustainable lifestyle. This is the story of his first year of 'The Greening of Gavin'. More
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About Gavin Webber

By day, Gavin Webber is a mild-mannered IT professional working in the heart of Melbourne and recently earned a Diploma of Carbon Management.

However, at night and on weekends he becomes a committed and feverish blogger and writer, informing the world and giving practical tips on cheese making, fruit and vegetable growing, chickens, DIY backyard building and many other sustainability topics.

Married to Kim, with four children scattered around the globe, he currently lives in Victoria, Australia, and continues to write about his journey at his blog, The Greening of Gavin. The blog has over 1400 posts and has received over 1.7 million page views.

Gavin's sustainable living work was recently acknowledge when he received the 2013 Green Lifestyle Award for "Local Green Hero". He was also listed as Highly Commended in the On-line Eco Information site category.

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Living Sustainably Omnibus
My first year of living sustainably was an amazing one. It was a time of rapid change and excitement. Here is a video that I made a year ago, that shows some of the things I have written about in this book

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Reviews

Review by: Alison Thomsen on March 25, 2013 :
Great reading, easy and entertaining. Makes you mentally review your own processes as you go. Loved the "what I'd do differently" section to each chapter.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: EmmaBrel on Sep. 24, 2012 :
Oh yes and the 'what i'd do differently' section of each chapter was really helpful for a novice like me starting out my first veg patch!
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: EmmaBrel on Sep. 24, 2012 : (no rating)
This book is the best I have ever read on sustainability in and around the home. It is funny, easy to read and dotted with great illustrations by the writers wife.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Michelle Smith on Sep. 20, 2012 :
I loved this book. Even though I started my journey to a more sf sustaining way in a very different manner I could still relate.
Some great practical ideas to get you motivated.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: cebe5151 on July 27, 2012 : (no rating)
This book is an excellent way of how to take those first steps to living a greener lifestyle. The best part was the 'What I'd do now' reflections.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Tammy Lyne on July 21, 2012 : (no rating)
Highly recommend. I am looking forward to more books from Gavin.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Phil Richardson on June 28, 2012 :
I have known Gavin for many years and his first book is true testiment to his love of making the world a better place to live.

Gavin and his family have done a remarkable job transforming thier lives and thier home. They have helped so many of us to go even a little shade of green.

This book will inspire you to take the first steps, however small or large they be, into your own journey of sustainable living.

A good mate and true eco superhero, Gavin also writes 2 blogs, runs a sustainable living group and holds workshops in cheese making.

I am looking fwd to his next installment in his planned series of e books.

Well done Mate. Keep it green.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Dawn Holland on June 26, 2012 :
I really enjoyed this book. The author has broken his first year of learning to live "green" into practical sections like "Waste" and "Water Conservation", describing his actions in that first year in each category. Each chapter finishes with a "What I'd Do Now" section, which were my favourite parts. If you've followed the blog, you'll appreciate the opportunity to see how it all began in an easy to read format. If you're new to Gavin Webber's story, you're lucky - this is a great way to discover how an ordinary bloke living an average life started to make changes that significantly reduced his carbon footprint.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Kathy Partridge on June 26, 2012 :
What a terrific little book! I've been a devoted reader of the author's blog for a couple years now, but it's nice to have his "greening" process laid out step-by-step, all in one publication. When a blogger is as prolific as Gavin is, it can be hard to piece it all together from blog posts done over several years' time.

I particularly enjoyed the "what I'd do differently" review of each chapter's topic. As we all know, hindsight is 20/20 and this feature gives us the benefit of Gavin's learning curve.

It's easy to get lost in the green-washing propaganda put out by our corporate overlords, but Gavin's book clearly lays out concrete actions that almost anyone can take to achieve measurable benefits for themselves, their families and the planet. It's nice to see that a bit of celebrity has come Gavin's way as well, as his story has gotten a fair bit of press and has likely inspired others to follow in his footsteps.

Nice job! I look forward to reading Gavin's future works.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

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